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LJ Index—May 2003
  1. Bottom price in thousands of dollars of the new SGI Altix 3000 high-end Linux servers: 30

  2. Top price in millions of dollars of the new SGI Altix 3000 high-end Linux servers: 1

  3. Number of old SGI machines replaced by Dells running Linux at Sony Pictures Imageworks: 600

  4. Number of desktop Linux systems now selling at Sams Club's on-line store: 1

  5. Price of the desktop Linux systems now selling at Sams Club's on-line store: $297.95

  6. Number of different Linux systems (all Microtel) now selling at Wal-Mart's on-line store: 33

  7. Number of different Lindows-based systems: 15

  8. Number of different Mandrake-based systems: 9

  9. Number of different Lycoris-based systems: 9

  10. Bottom price for a Linux (Lindows) system at Wal-Mart's on-line store: $199.98

  11. Top price for a Linux (Mandrake) system at Wal-Mart's on-line store: $648.00

  12. Millions of dollars the Japanese government plans to spend on open-source Linux development for consumer electronics goods in the next fiscal year (starting April 1, 2003): 8.3

  13. Thousands of dollars the Japanese government plans to spend in the next fiscal year to study switching its own computers to Linux: 416

  14. Position of Running Linux among O'Reilly and Associates best-sellers: 1

  15. Number of Running Linux copies sold: 200,000

  16. Current minimum percentage of Linux server shipments, according to Meta Group: 15

  17. Current maximum percentage of Linux server shipments, according to Meta Group: 20

  18. Linux share of server shipments by 2006 or 2007, according to Meta Group: 45

  19. Multiple of performance improvement Reuters Market Data Service gets out of its new Red Hat Linux/HP/Intel systems over earlier proprietary platforms: 2-5

Sources

1-3: Los Angeles Times4-5: samsclub.com6-11: walmart.com12-13: Associated Press14-15: “Running Linux in a New World” by Russel J. T. Dyer (www.linuxjournal.com/article/6617)16-18: Meta Group, Inc.19: Wall Street & Technology

Magic Notebook:

www.jonathanscorner.com/etc/magic_notebook

Using Magic Notebook is like keeping notes in a notebook, except you use a web interface rather than a pen or pencil. This program can be accessed from anywhere you can reach your web server and can be run normally or encrypted. The notes are stored on your filesystem as HTML files, so if you don't want to use the web interface, the notes are still there. Requires: web server that can serve up CGI scripts, web browser.

—David A. Bandel

I work on a number of servers and don't install X on most of them, so I'm always looking for command-line programs that can replace X programs. Pebrot is a Python version of MSN Messenger that runs without X, like the UNIX talk program. This makes things easier if you find it necessary to run the program remotely or don't have X installed. Requires: Python.

—David A. Bandel

Server Status: www.the-den.org/status

This is yet another program that allows you to keep an eye on servers and their status. Although it does require X, it's clean, fast and simple. A number of such programs require SNMP; however, this requires only basic network services. You can leave it running on any system with Perl and Tk and see instantly if you have a problem with a critical service. It won't send you e-mail, but it automatically updates every 60 seconds (configurable) and is easy to read. Requires: Perl, Perl modules IO::Socket, Tk, Tk::Checkbutton, Tk::Menubutton, Tk::Optionmenu.

—David A. Bandel

They Said It

The problem with intellectual property law is that it tries to take something that is extremely difficult to define and put hard definitions around it. It's not a system that we want to try to embed in cyberspace in the early days of this development....We're creating the architecture, the foundation for the social space where everybody in humanity is going to gather. And if we jigger the foundation design to suit the purposes of organizations that will likely be dead in 15 years, how shortsighted is that?

—John Perry Barlow

It's hard to find successful adults now who don't claim to have been nerds in high school.

—Paul Graham

Linux servers are taking on new roles in enterprise computing, moving from the web-centric workloads, where they are already well established, and moving into application-serving and database-serving workloads. This move is being made possible as ISVs (independent software vendors) port more applications that formerly had been running only on UNIX servers and Windows servers to Linux servers. IDC expects that Linux servers will continue to evolve, both in “scale out” clustered configurations for technical and commercial computing and in “scale up” configurations for larger databases with a single-system image.

—Jean S. Bozman, research vice president of IDC's Global Enterprise Server Solutions Group

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