Graphics is always a fun issue. Everyone, including the fans of the command line, believe graphics are important to any operating system. With so many people learning to use computers on Windows or Macintosh systems, graphical interfaces are a necessity to make Linux applications accessible to these users. In past issues, we've had articles about KDE and GNOME, as well as developing GUIs with Java and CDE (common desktop environment). This month, we have a tutorial on building GUIs with Motif or Lesstif (Motif's freely available counterpoint).
Another reason graphics are important is games. Loki Entertainment has entered the gaming world by porting the popular Civilization game to Linux, and they have plans to port even more games. Michael Hammel talks to both the president and the lead programmer of Loki to find out what's happening with Linux in gaming.
We also explore the graphic arts industry and how Linux is being used here—a subject near and dear to our hearts. Finding that Linux is making inroads into pre-press departments is just the news we want to hear.
Elsewhere in this issue, we take a good look at Red Hat Software via an interview with Bob Young and a tour of their offices. We have also included a new section called “Up Front” to bring you bits of news about Linux and its proponents, quotes from Linux notables and kernels of information we think you will find interesting.
Marjorie Richardson, Editor in Chief
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
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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- SUSE LLC's SUSE Manager
- My +1 Sword of Productivity
- Murat Yener and Onur Dundar's Expert Android Studio (Wrox)
- Non-Linux FOSS: Caffeine!
- Managing Linux Using Puppet
- SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 Released
- Doing for User Space What We Did for Kernel Space
- Google's SwiftShader Released
- Parsing an RSS News Feed with a Bash Script
- Rogue Wave Software's Zend Server
With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide