A Look at Warzone 2100
I'm not really much of a computer gamer. That said, I'm both ashamed and oddly proud of the hours (probably thousands!) I spent playing Dune 2000 back when it was cutting-edge gaming technology. There's just something about real-time strategy games that appeals to those of us lacking the reflexes for the more action-packed first-person shooters. If you also enjoy games like Dune 2000, Starcraft, Warcraft, Civilization or other RTS classics, Warzone 2100 will be right up your alley.
Warzone 2100 reminds me very much of my beloved Dune 2000. The landscapes, the missions and even the look of the game pieces resemble that old RTS game I spent so much time playing. Warzone 2100 is far better than Dune 2000 ever was, however, thanks to its amazing set of features:
Cross-platform, supporting Windows, Mac and Linux.
Network and Internet hosting/playing.
Warzone 2100 truly excels at being a fun, easy-to-learn game. The coolest part, at least in my opinion, is its history. Warzone 2100 started as a commercial game. Much like the Quake engine was open-sourced, Warzone 2100 was released to the public as an open-source project back in 2004. Then, in 2008, the rights of that license were clarified, and the in-game videos and soundtrack also were released. Now the game is under active development, and it has a healthy community releasing maps and mods.
The game is available for direct download either at SourceForge or its Web site: http://www.wz2100.net. It's also available using Desura, the Linux-native game manager (similar to Steam) that we've covered before in Linux Journal. Due to its fun and relevant gameplay, cross-platform availability and awesome history, Warzone 2100 is this month's Editors' Choice.
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.
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