One of the comments we hear from people first introduced to Linux is one that relates to the amount of software that's available. For some reason, they assume that the only way to add new software to a Linux system is by way of magazine CDs. Unfortunately, (especially in my area), magazines that mainly support other operating systems tend to only have a few token Linux archives on their CDs if any, thus perpetuating the myth. As soon as we hear the phrase bemoaning software, we introduce them to Freshmeat (http://freshmeat.net) and Tucows Linuxberg (http://linuxberg.tucows.com).
If we've had to deal with the software myth, the next stage is to let others know where to find information about Linux. This is easily done by having a few Linux Journal and other Linux-related magazines handy, as well as pointing them to on-line resources such as Linux.Com, LinuxNewbie.org, Linuxtoday.com or SlashDot. Also, make it a point to let local people know about user groups in the area, and that there are many mailing lists with help just an e-mail away.
Nothing is more convincing than when you can describe what you like the most about something. In my case, it's freedom of choice--not only for the type of operating system I choose to use, but for how my desktop looks, which utilities I choose to use, and the financial freedom of being able to use high-quality software such as the GIMP without having to pay outrageous licensing fees. Along with this comes the freedom (and/or) responsibility to participate by writing articles or offering suggestions for software improvements. It's a chance to give something back to the community that's given me much more than "just" a choice of operating system.
Gaelyne Gasson (email@example.com) is a web admin in South Australia and the author of The Internet for Commodore C64/128 Users. She can be found on-line at http://gaelyne.com.
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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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