Focus: People Behind Linux
Wow!, what a big topic this turned out to be—so many people, so little space. After making what seemed like an infinite list of people we wanted to talk to and honor, we decided we better figure out a way to narrow our focus. We did this by using the Kernel 1.0 credits file—these people are truly the “founding fathers”--and adding a few more names, including Patrick Volkerding and Alessandro Rubini. Even so, we still had 84 names. Knowing we might not be able to find everyone (how right we were!), we dug in and started sending out e-mails, asking for phone numbers and interviews.
All those we were able to contact were gracious and cooperative, sending us e-mail copies of their answers so that we can include them on the web site in coming weeks. Having just talked to Linus in September of last year, I decided to write a short bit about him without actually contacting him again. We'll save that for the next kernel release. I think you're going to enjoy learning a bit about the people who brought us our favorite operating system.
If Linus is the “father” of Linux (and we all agree he is), then “maddog” is the “godfather”. He is the glue that holds the Linux community together, and he shares all with us this month in an article and a centerfold.
All in all, we've had a good time with this one—you will too.
Some folks from Caldera came by the first week of April to tell us what's new in Utah. After their change in focus from “Linux for Business” to “Linux for eBusiness”, Caldera has gone solidly after the e-commerce market, with three new product releases: eDesktop, eServer and eBuilder. All three products have been optimized for use on the Internet. eDesktop 2.4 is the latest release of the Caldera OpenLinux distribution with enhancements (improved hardware detection by Lizard) and additions, such as the Citric ICA client which provides access to Windows applications through the Web, and MoneyDance, a personal checkbook-type application comparable to Quicken. Also, remote administration can be done through the Web as well as unattended installs across main machines. eServer provides Pentium-class operation and is free. eBuilder is the big one, a combination of Open Linux eServer, Evergreen's Ecential 3.0 and IBM's WebSphere. It is designed to give the e-commerce site everything it needs, e.g., merchandise and multimedia database, search engine, order distribution, shopping cart and payment processing.
The eBuilder product is directed toward the big business customer who wants to get into the e-commerce market in a hurry. It is modular, distributed and easy to customize and manage. It is also very expensive—many thousands of dollars. At Comdex 2000, Ransom Love said Linux is a “proprietary” platform, and with eBuilder, it becomes a very commercial one for Caldera.
—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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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