Linux Counter (counter.li.org) is a voluntary effort. It only counts people who bother to register (and their machines). As of October 19, 2001, Linux Counter had attracted close to 200,000 individual registrations from nearly 200 countries.
Here in Upfront we try to show various Linux statistics: from Netcraft, Tucows, Evans Data and other sources. This month we thought it would be a fun idea to see what users themselves are saying about their distribution choices, including DIY: do it yourself.
The pie chart shows the results. If you don't like 'em, go vote with your own registration at the Linux Counter site.
Millions of people who watched streamed media of the September 11, 2001 terrorist events: 21
Billions of dollars in federal relief requested by New York City: 54
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in billions of dollars of Peru: 54
Thousands of Korean Air pilots and flight attendants checking schedules using IBM's Linux-powered eServer: 3
Billions of e-mail accounts anticipated by the end of 2001: 1
Years it took TV to reach 1 billion viewers: 50
Years it took telephony to reach 1 billion users: 100
Position of Germany among countries with highest penetration of Netscape browsers: 1
Netscape browser share percentage in Germany: 20.26
Netscape browser share percentage in the US: 15.79
Netscape browser share in the world: 13.17
Number of countries with users registered to Linux Counter: 188
Number of persons registered with Linux Counter as of October 19, 2001: 195,900
Number of machines registered with Linux Counter as of October 19, 2001: 111,942
Low end of Linux Counter's estimated number of Linux users: 3,918,000
High end of Linux Counter's estimated number of Linux users: 97,950,000
1: USA Today, quoting Nielsen/NetRatings
2-3: Time Magazine
5-7: Strategic Policy Research, Inc.
8-11: StatMarket (www.statmarket.com)
12-16: Linux Counter (counter.li.org)
Two unrelated legal developments are taking shape as we go to press—one DVD-related and one involving Microsoft. In the first, a California appellate court unanimously shot down a trial court injunction that banned publication of DeCSS code that decrypts DVDs so they can be played on any computer, and not just on players manufactured by members of consumer electronics cartels. This case is actually one of two DVD-related cases. The other, Universal Studios and United States of America vs. Corley, is now in the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. At the original trial in New York City, the publisher of 2600 Magazine lost the right to publish source code and information about DVDs, in front of a judge who used to work for Time Warner. In the Microsoft case, the US and Microsoft came to a preliminary agreement that likely will bring their longstanding legal battle to an end.
At issue in the DeCSS case were the first ammendment rights of those publishing the code vs. the trade secret rights of entertainment companies distributing the DVDs. Those companies objected specifically to the publication on the Web of DeCSS software written by programmers in the fall of 1999 as part of an effort to create a DVD player for computers running Linux. In early 2000, the DVDCCA, the movie studios' DVD licensing organization, filed a lawsuit against hundreds of programmers and web publishers seeking to ban DeCSS publication. Santa Clara County Judge William Elfving granted the injunction request on January 21, 2000. The appellate court ruled that Elfving violated the First Ammendment rights of defendant Andrew Brunner by ordering him to remove the code from his web site. The lower court based its rulings on trade secret misappropriation, even though Brunner had found the program in the public domain (on Slashdot) and simply republished it. The case is still expected to go to trial next year before Judge Elfving.
In the matter of the US vs. Microsoft, most pundits agreed that the settlement favored Microsoft, which the original judge on the case, Thomas Penfield Jackson, had called for breaking in two. Dan Gillmor of the San Jose Mercury News wrote:
This deal, assuming it takes hold, is a love letter to the most arrogant and unrepentant monopolist since Standard Oil. It's an invitation to keep on plundering and whacking competition in the most important marketplace of our times, the information marketplace.
John Borland of CNET called the settlement “a reward, not a remedy”. Dave Winer of Userland, an independent commercial developer that worked with Microsoft on the SOAP and XML-RPC protocols, wrote:
It clearly doesn't go far enough and requires the government to be involved in the architecture of Microsoft's operating system and network services, such as SOAP, in an intimate and impractical way.
The one apparent upside for Linux is the release of hardware makers from Microsoft OEM contracts that require distribution of Windows. At least conceputally this leaves a much more open hardware channel for Linux distribution.
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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- Non-Linux FOSS: Caffeine!
- Managing Linux Using Puppet
- Doing for User Space What We Did for Kernel Space
- Tech Tip: Really Simple HTTP Server with Python
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- 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