Book Review: Tuning and Customizing a Linux System
The most specific and technical parts of the book are slightly outdated (the Red Hat version analyzed is 7.3), as almost always happens. Furthermore, most software-related books include many screenshots, lines of code or both, but Tuning and Customizing a Linux System is an exception. With the exception of the firewall case, there are almost no pictures (even in the desktop multimedia chapter!), and code and command lines are rare. Mainly, the book is page after page of simple text.
This is not necessarily bad. Remember that the purpose of the book is to teach general criteria for customizing and managing GNU/Linux systems, not to give programming advice or all the tricks of a specific distribution. In this sense, taking the time to discuss at length the principles behind the implementations, rather than explaining each script line by line, is a plus and doesn't become obsolete as fast. For the same reason, Parts Two and Three are the most valid and interesting. Perhaps the only defect is the content is a bit repetitious. The author is very competent, however, and it shows everywhere in the text.
Marco Fioretti is a hardware systems engineer interested in free software both as an EDA platform and (as the current leader of the RULE Project) as an efficient desktop. Marco lives with his family in Rome, Italy.
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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