From the Editor - Money Talks
At the end of May, IDC released a thorough report on server sales in the first quarter of 2004. Linux servers came in at more than $900 million for the quarter, up 56.9% from last year.
At that growth rate, the best of any server OS, we're soon due for the first billion-dollar quarter for the Linux server business. So let's plan to celebrate it.
Even if servers aren't your bag, it's important to recognize milestones in this mature, successful area of the Linux business. The smart choices that made for Linux server success—including a commitment to GPL-licensed device drivers instead of problematic binary-only ones—will be a recipe for success in other fields too. Generic and hackable beats restrictive and specialized.
On the embedded hardware side, there's more good news—you can get a generic, hackable platform at your favorite computer store. Get a Linksys wireless access point with Linux onboard, and you can run your custom firewall, traffic control or any application you want on a platform that's well under a hundred dollars.
“Linux on Linksys Wi-Fi Routers” by James Ewing (page 50) gets you started in embedded Linux with hardware that fits your budget and beginner projects that get some real work done.
We've quietly made a change in our Resources sections at the ends of articles. Instead of a list of links, we point you at one jump page per article. Not only does that save you typing some long URLs, it also saves us some space in print, and now we can check our logs to find out which articles got you interested enough to take the next step.
So, are you looking to reorganize your servers for easier management with serial consoles (page 66)? Are you planning to develop Linux support for a new USB device, and want to follow along step-by-step as the Linux USB master does it (page 36)? Or, are you planning to speed up your database application with Memcached (page 72)? We want to know.
So, congratulations to all the great people doing support, engineering, sales and everything else in the Linux server business. And whatever you use Linux for, you'll find something in this issue.
Don Marti is editor in chief 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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|Stunnel Security for Oracle||Jul 28, 2016|
|SUSE LLC's SUSE Manager||Jul 21, 2016|
|My +1 Sword of Productivity||Jul 20, 2016|
|Non-Linux FOSS: Caffeine!||Jul 19, 2016|
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- The Firebird Project's Firebird Relational Database
- Stunnel Security for Oracle
- My +1 Sword of Productivity
- Non-Linux FOSS: Caffeine!
- SUSE LLC's SUSE Manager
- Managing Linux Using Puppet
- Murat Yener and Onur Dundar's Expert Android Studio (Wrox)
- Parsing an RSS News Feed with a Bash Script
- Google's SwiftShader Released
- Doing for User Space What We Did for Kernel Space
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