Our team is truly tickled at how many high-end Linux-based games are now at our disposal. One of the latest is Ascaron Entertainment's Sacred Gold, which includes Sacred and its expansion, Sacred: Underworld. Linux Game Publishing is responsible for the Linux port. The companies plug Sacred as an action-filled role-playing game that “combines an exciting story line with great gameplay”. In addition to porting a broad range of Linux-based games, Linux Game Publishing also supports open-source development by making available a number of libraries it has developed over time for its games.
Though you likely never will experience a GPL'd Microsoft Excel, you can use the open-source Palo 2.5 from Jedox to serve up Excel spreadsheets. Palo is a multi-user, high-performance data server application that allows workers enterprise-wide to access, change and collaborate on multiple spreadsheets in real time. Improvements in the new version 2.5 include a newly optimized MOLAP (Multidimensional OnLine Analytical Processing) engine, intelligent local data cache, faster multidimensional data processing, an enhanced multidimensional formula editor and advanced query capability. The workstation-resident data cache uses an “intelligent” technology to reduce calls to the central server. Palo is available in free, enterprise and government editions.
Diversifying the open-source CRM space is SugarCRM with its new Sugar Data Center Edition. The new product line offers a complete set of systems management, provisioning and monitoring tools that enable service providers and large organizations to deploy and manage multiple instances—distinct versions of SugarCRM—from a centralized management console. In the absence of these capabilities, says SugarCRM, large enterprises are forced to eliminate multiple instances in a subdivision of their organization and make serious trade-off decisions regarding functionality and customizations/localizations for the sake of centralized and Web-services-based applications. With the new Sugar Data Center Edition, organizations “can get creative and deep with customizations and locations at no expense to one department or end user”.
To our squeals of delight, Sybex is tearing off its Clark Kent-like demeanor to present Tony Mullen's Bounce, Tumble, and Splash! Simulating the Physical World with Blender 3D. Blender is an immensely popular, multiplatform, open-source, 3-D content-creation suite. Bounce, Tumble, and Splash!, says Sybex, is the only title to offer “step-by-step instructions on Blender's more complex features while showcasing the unique objects and characters that can be created in Blender”. Topics include soft bodies and cloth, the Blender particle system, static particles and hair, fluids, bullet physics, the Blender Game Engine and plant simulation. The book's tone is “friendly but professional” and focuses on full-color examples with clear, in-depth explanations of how each step was taken and why each choice was made.
Geeks, start your...sewing machines! Such is the wish of Syuzi Pakhchyan, author of the new O'Reilly book Fashioning Technology that explores the integration of traditional sewing and assembly techniques with electronics and other new materials. The book is a guide to inventing creative clothing, housewares and toys that are fun, interactive, quirky and useful. Author Pakhchyan—an artist, roboticist and teacher—explains how to use smart materials such as thermo- and photochromatic inks that change color by touch or sunlight, magnetic and conductive paints, polymorph plastic, fiber optics and more. Each project, says O'Reilly, encourages readers to personalize and customize their own designs, materials and craft skills.
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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