From the Editor
Network computing has been a hot topic for some time now, so it should come as no surprise that we included it in our 1999 editorial calendar. Network computers provide Internet/intranet services at a fraction of the cost of a PC. With the popularity of the World Wide Web, the network computer's time has come—companies dealing in network computers show high performance on the New York Stock Exchange.
One of Linux's biggest strengths has always been as an operating system for all types of servers: e-mail, web, boot, you name it. This makes it ideal for use in networking computers. IGEL's Etherminal proved Linux's worth as a thin client back in 1994 and has kept on proving it ever since. Last year, Corel's NetWinder joined the ranks.
Whether you want to learn more about using Linux in your network, how to easily access your network services or how to speed up your network, this month we have the articles you need. In addition to the features listed below, we also have two articles on our web site (see “Strictly On-line” in the Table of Contents): one explaining the DECnet protocol and one providing Perl scripts for accessing your network. Also on the web is an article about how one international company is using Linux for network management.
Along with these articles on the web site is the second part of last month's internationalization feature by Stephen Turnbull, “Alphabet Soup”. In this follow-up, he discusses standardization of character sets—don't miss it.
“Strictly On-line” articles can be found at http://www.linuxjournal.com/issue60/.
First it was Netscape then the major database providers, and now major hardware vendors are jumping on the Linux bandwagon. At the end of January, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Silicon Graphics, Inc. both announced they would be providing Linux as an option on their computers with Intel chips. Rumor has it that Compaq, IBM and Dell will be following suit. Even Apple has said they will make Linux an option. These companies are not doing this to become popular with the open-software crowd—they are doing it to make money. They have seen that a market clearly exists and are taking advantage of that fact. More on making money with open-source software will be found in our June Enterprise Solutions supplement.
Marjorie Richardson, Editor
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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- The Firebird Project's Firebird Relational Database
- Stunnel Security for Oracle
- My +1 Sword of Productivity
- SUSE LLC's SUSE Manager
- Managing Linux Using Puppet
- Non-Linux FOSS: Caffeine!
- Murat Yener and Onur Dundar's Expert Android Studio (Wrox)
- Parsing an RSS News Feed with a Bash Script
- Google's SwiftShader Released
- Doing for User Space What We Did for Kernel Space
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