Taking Matters into Our Own Hands
The fact that many items on your tech wish list have yet to find their way to Best Buy doesn't mean you can't find a workaround. One of the biggest benefits of using open-source tools is not having to wait for other people to give you what you want. While Doc Searls and others keep their eyes on the big vendors and suppliers, wondering when the customer will gain the upper hand, our web authors have been supplying us with articles about what we can do for ourselves in the meantime.
Take, for example, Linux on the laptop. Other than the recent availability of the Lindows MobilePC (www.linuxjournal.com/article/6662), the options for using Linux on one's laptop have been limited, to say the least. Between system incompatibilities and lack of support, getting Linux up and running may seem next to impossible for many. To this end, Jay Docherty has been writing a web series for us that takes people from the purchasing phase to setting up GNOME, selecting themes and enabling sound. “Configuring Your Laptop for GNOME and Sound” (www.linuxjournal.com/article/6809) explains how to install GNOME 2.2 for Debian, configure support for the i810 chipset, change themes and set up a USB mouse on the laptop.
Another example of assuming responsibility for one's own needs is Roberto de Leo's article, “Self-Hosting Movies with MoviX” (www.linuxjournal.com/article/6474). de Leo wanted to find a “Linux CD mini-distribution that is able to boot and play automatically all audio/video files on the CD”. His internet search for such a CD proved fruitless, so he decided to build it himself. The result is MoviX, which fulfilled his need for a dedicated CD mini-distribution. His step-by-step creation article, however, can be adapted for whatever purpose your mini-distribution might serve.
The quest to have the coolest, fastest, quietest and, simply, ultimate Linux box leaves one with no option other than to build it oneself. Without a doubt, one of Linux Journal's most popular yearly features is the Ultimate Linux Box (ULB) article, where we lay out the components of our dream machine and the reasons why it's so dreamy. This year, we're doing things a little differently in the spirit of community collaboration. We're using the web site as a launching pad for the ULB conception. Articles will be posted naming the contenders in each area. Glenn Stone started the discussion with “Ultimate Linux Box: a Case Study”, (www.linuxjournal.com/article/6764). We're asking for your input, in the form of e-mail to the authors and postings on the article web page, to help make the final decisions. Don't wait until the final ULB is unveiled to tell us where our mistakes are; speak up now.
If you have taken matters into your hands to get what you want for Linux, send article ideas to email@example.com. Be sure to visit the LJ web site often; new articles are posted every day.
Heather Mead is senior editor of Linux Journal.
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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- Doing for User Space What We Did for Kernel Space
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