If you are charged with the task of leveraging IT to help your company make better business decisions, check out the new JasperServer Professional from JasperSoft. Built on the JasperServer Open Source Project, this product is a business intelligence (BI) server that offers ad hoc reporting and analysis intended to simplify the creation of customized reports. JasperServer Professional offers, according to its maker, “everyone in an organization the power to create his or her own BI reports” that are tailored to his or her own needs. In addition, the server is certified with a wide range of third-party platforms, including Apace Tomcat, MySQL, various Linux distros and Unices and more. Customers opting for the subscription service can obtain enterprise-class support and training, indemnification, commercial licensing, access to the customer portal and so on. The Open Source edition of JasperServer, as well as an evaluation edition of the commercial product, are available for download at JasperSoft's Web site.
No, friends, this new computer from eXcito has nothing to do with our president emeritus, Bill Clinton! Bubba Server, recently released by eXcito of Sweden, is a diminutive, multifunction, Debian-powered device for the home or SOHO, dubbed by its producer as a “lifestyle home-server”. After connecting Bubba to broadband, it's ready to function as any number of servers for you right out of the box: file, Web, FTP, backup, mail (IMAP, SMTP, POP) and so on. Bubba's main features, sayeth eXcito, are the ability to “access your files and different e-mail accounts from any location”, its small footprint (18 x 11 x 4cm) and quiet, fanless operation (max. 28dB in active mode). You can acquire your own Bubba with either an 80GB or 250GB hard drive.
While the heavy-hitting PC makers have shipped and supported Linux desktops worldwide, here at home in the US they have been intimidated into keeping their cupboards bare. What would we do without our scrappy entrepreneurs who have built their Linux-PC empires from scratch? In order for the Linux desktop finally to get traction, the big guys need to bless it and support it, and perhaps Lenovo's new ThinkPad T60p Linux Mobile Workstation will finally ignite some momentum. With the T60p, Lenovo is starting with the high end, as this device is intended mainly for electronic engineers doing integrated circuit and board-level design who desire mobility. Lenovo is currently certifying requisite design apps from companies such as Cadence, Synopsys and Mentor Graphics, which will run on top of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED 10); the latter is fully supported via Lenovo's Help Center. One drawback to the T60p is that, although SLED 10 is supported, it does not come pre-installed. We hope that the efforts invested here will trickle down.
It is exciting to see a range of firms leveraging the open-source model to provide high-end applications. Openbravo (both the company and app name) finds its niche as an open-source, Web-based enterprise management solution for small and mid-sized enterprises. The application provides for fully integrated management of key business functions such as CRM, billing, data, procurement, inventory, projects, services, production, financial/accounting and business intelligence. Openbravo claims that its architecture is “revolutionary”, utilizing “a unique combination of MVC and MDD development frameworks”, as well as its own engine for generating application binaries from the MDD dictionary, called WAD. New features in the new r2.11 include several new modules, expanded Web Services features, an improved interface and expanded documentation.
James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal.
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