Open source is being used to battle against global poverty. One excellent example is the Grameen Foundation's Mifos, an application for nonprofits to manage microfinance operations efficiently. Microfinance is a form of economic development whereby poor people, typically in developing countries, receive small loans to start small enterprises and get out of poverty. You may recall that Grameen's director, Dr Muhammad Yunus, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his microfinance work in Bangladesh. Although Grameen created Mifos, it has generously made the software available to everyone and is leveraging the open-source model industry-wide. Although Mifos has been around for a year, the latest news is that IBM will apply its expertise in finance and open source to improve the application.
The Linux-friendly Wolfram Research has taken a page from Adobe Acrobat's playbook by creating the new and free Mathematica Player runtime application, which is available now for download on Linux, Windows and Mac OS platforms. People with a licensed copy of Mathematica 6 can upload their Mathematica notebook files for processing to the new Publish for Player Web service, after which the notebook files will run in the Player. The end result is that you do not need a full version of Mathematica just to view documents as in the past. Also in the pipeline is the non-gratis Mathematica Player Pro for viewing interactive Mathematica documents and other functionality.
Talend has two new developments this month: its Open Studio open-source data-integration application was upgraded to version 2.2; and it released the Activity Monitoring Console/Personal Edition. First, Open Studio Version 2.2, which has more than 150 connectors available, now offers a number of new specialized connectors, as well as event-based action triggering and SOA functionality that enables exposure of data-integration processes as Web services. Furthermore, Open Studio takes advantage of recent improvements in Eclipse v3.3. Second, Monitoring Console/Personal Edition is a new centralized tool for monitoring the distributed execution of all data-integration jobs. It provides notifications upon failure or error as well as the ability to analyze statistics and trends and detect potential execution bottlenecks before they occur.
In other integration news, CorraTech announced OPENSUITE, a Java-based, open-source application that will enable business process and data integration across a range of open-source applications. OPENSUITE is currently in pre-beta. The aim is to integrate CRM, ERP, content/document management, messaging and project management. Organizations can implement cross-application business processes, preserve intrasession context while working with multiple applications, create single sign-on access for multiple applications and reduce redundancy introduced by the complexity of integration across applications. Using an SOA approach and supplying middleware layer functionality, OPENSUITE is distributed with a number of packaged business processes, called Business Process Packs. The first Pack will support CentricCRM, KnowledgeTree, Openbravo and Zimbra.
Despite the crush of Linux information out in Internetlandia, having an organized, distro-specific book on hand when trouble or confusion strikes is sanity insurance. The upgraded openSUSE Unleashed by Michael McCallister and Sams Publishing is the latest in the wide-ranging Unleashed series of comprehensive technology reference guides. Based on openSUSE 10.3, Unleashed covers just about everything you'd like to do with your OS, from installing and administering to working with standard desktop applications and setting up networks and servers. The companion DVD includes openSUSE 10.3 with five CDs worth of goodies, and on-line updates are available. Unleashed is recommended for intermediate to advanced users.
James Gray is Products Editor for 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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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.
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