Polynational Tux Curiosity
One could play for hours with Google Trends (trends.google.com). Not only does it show the spikes and slopes of search volume across time since the beginning of 2004, but it also lists the current top ten regions, cities and languages for each search. You can search for multiple keywords, comma-separated, and see colored lines for each. The results are usually more interesting than revealing. Such as:
- Searches for Ronaldo and Beckham both spiked in 2005 at the last World Cup.
- Searches for John Paul and Ratzinger peaked one after the other in early 2005 when the former died and the latter succeeded him as pope.
- Searches for Linux and Microsoft have both gone down, the former slightly more than the latter.
- Searches for Red Hat, SUSE and Ubuntu show declines for the first two and a steady rise for the third. Add Linux and find that Ubuntu has almost overtaken Linux in search volume. Does the rise in Ubuntu account for the decline in Linux searches? They seem somewhat reciprocal, but who knows?
What's more surprising are the top ten regions, cities and languages for each. Some results for Linux:
- Russia is the top region, closely followed by India and the Czech Republic. The US is not among the top ten.
- Beijing is the top city, followed by Tokyo and San Francisco, which is the only US city. The rest, in order, are Milan, Frankfurt, Augusta (Italy), Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and London.
- Russian is the top language, followed by German, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Polish, Finnish, Portuguese, English and Swedish.
Some results for Ubuntu:
- Norway is the top region, followed by Italy and Russia. The US is not on the list.
- Milan is the top city, followed by San Francisco and Augusta (Italy). The rest are Helsinki, Madrid, Paris, Santiago (Chile), Frankfurt, Zurich and Mexico City.
- Italian is the top language, followed by Finnish, Swedish, Russian, French, Spanish, German, Polish, English and Portuguese.
Google's qualification: “Google Trends aims to provide insights into broad search patterns. Several approximations are used when computing your results. Please keep this in mind when using it.”
Also keep in mind that these were results on May 13, 2008. Try them when you read this to see how they change. Having used Google Trends for a while now, I can assure you the answer is: a lot.
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