Don't Miss the Boat
If you're in the mood for Linux — and who amongst us isn't — September may be your month, as the Linux Foundation presents the inaugural LinuxCon in Portland. Just shy of two months ago we sounded the call to rise, shine, and catch the early bird rate — sadly, the early bird's worm is no more. It's still possible, though, to grab yourself a spot and shave a nice slice off the price.
LinuxCon is shaping up to be a formidable contender amongst Linux conferences, sporting a lineup that reads like a Who's Who of the Open Source world. Speakers will include the chief penguin himself, Linus Torvalds, as well as Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu's Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator for Life, IBM Open Source/Linux VP Bob Sutor, and the infamously-less-bearded Bdale Garbee of Hewlett-Packard, among others. Sessions are scheduled on Mobile Linux, virtualization, kernel development, networking, and various applications, as well as emerging topics including Linux and Open Source in enterprise, community management, cloud computing, Open Source compliance and licensing, open standards, and the role of Linux in the current economy.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the "Linux Luminaries" in attendance, as well as networking with other influential Linux users. The program apparently even includes a charity bowling contest "that will help you save the penguins while challenging your favorite Linux developers." Full information about the event is available from the conference website. Time is slipping away, however, as registration for LinuxCon 2009 closes on August 15, just over two weeks from now — interested parties are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. The current rate is $399, though it will rise to a late-registration rate of $499 after August 15.
For those who missed the boat on the early bird discount of $299, fear not, for other discounts are still around. Students who attend college/university at least part-time can still register for the conference at a special $199 student rate, while Linux Foundation members receive 30% off. Parties of three or more from the same company receive 15% off as well. The latest discount to appear, however, is available to everyone: Members of Linux.com, which is available to everyone, receive 20% off — that's $319, just $20 more than the original early-bird rate.
Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.
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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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