Tired of shelling out those hidden Microsoft license fees bundled into the name-brand desktops you buy, only to blow away XP and install Linux instead? Dell's Dimension E510n ships with an absolutely blank hard drive and no pesky tribute to Redmond, Washington in the price. Systems start at $849 US, which will nab you a Pentium 4 630, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, an ATI RADEON X300SE graphics card and an 80GB SATA drive, all in a mini-tower design that Dell claims reduces noise. According to a Dell representative, Linux users will see a savings of $30–$50 US per unit over equivalent systems packages with XP Home.
Micro/sys wants to bring Linux into the point-of-sale arena. To that end, they've released the SBC1670, a single-board computer with an integrated flat-panel display interface. The 520MHz ARM processor is coupled with an 800x600 LCD interface, 10/100baseT Ethernet, five serial ports, CompactFlash slot and a keyboard interface. Compatible with the PC/104 standard, it's ready to take its place in cash registers across the world.
Administering a Samba Primary Domain Controller (PDC) can tax the skills of even a seasoned Linux sysadmin. QCD Microsystems has added PDC management to their Interstructures product, allowing them to be created using a GUI-based interface. According to QCD, users with no previous Samba training will be able to set up a new PDC within minutes. The Interstructures product already provides a graphical front end for tasks such as DNS, DHCP, firewall and Sendmail configuration.
Continuing the industry trend of 64-bit virtualization support, SWsoft has added Opteron and Intel Extended Memory 64 support to their Virtuozzo product, both in host and guest modes. Virtuozzo creates what SWsoft calls Virtual Private Servers, allowing a single machine to host many virtual servers, each with its own IP addresses and securely separated from the other sites being hosted. SWsoft claims near-zero overhead for their software.
Safedesk Solutions has released the 2.0 version of their Enterprise Server, which offers both Linux-based and Microsoft-based solutions to the thin-client environment. Based on SUSE Linux, it provides both a desktop and remote software execution to thin-client users, as well as access to the same environment through a Web browser from anywhere in the world.
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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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