LinuxWorld Expo 2008

I will be attending the LinuxWorld Expo 2008 in San Francisco. There are too many interesting things to see! I wish they had some kind of guide on how to make the most of the event.

http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/live/12/

I’m looking forward to learning more about Xen HA Virtualization, Linux Server Performance monitoring, and the status of Linux on the Desktop. I saw an ad today by Novell claiming that they are ready to be an alternative for Windows Vista; we’ll see about that. I hope they achieve that.

One very interesting project “Untangle”: at the conference: hundreds of attendees will volunteer:

“Untangle will be organizing a massive installfest to donate open source (Ubuntu) computers to schools in need. It is a great opportunity to get computers to children that have little or no technology access…”

Stay tuned to find out more.

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August 5th, 2008 – It’s a cold, misty day in San Francisco (63 degrees) and there are quite a good number of attendees here at LinuxWorld. Attended an interesting talk from Randall Spratt of McKesson about the value of Linux in the Healthcare IT world. Yesterday’s seminars were excellent – on Linux performance monitoring, and virtualization with Highly Available clustering. The presenters are very well prepared so far. Lots more to see…

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August 12th, 2008: The conference was a success. Looking back, the most important parts for me were the Linux server troubleshooting/monitoring sessions. Here are some other highlights from sessions that were interesting to me:

Puppet server management – Central management tool for unix servers. Takes care of package installs, with individual syntax, for each unix platform. Written in Ruby. Presentation was by the writer, Luke Kanies http://reductivelabs.com/projects/puppet/

Session: Managing, Monitoring, and Scaling IT Environments:

Groundwork Open Source Solutions provides a web tool to monitor enterprise systems and report on server performance, keeping history in mysql db. Nagios monitoring is integrated into this product. http://gwfoundation.sourceforge.net

SarCheck Unix/Linux Performance Tuning – Analyzes your system for possible bottlenecks: memory shortages, disk load, CPU, runaway processes, and tells you how to correct them. By: Aptitune Corporation http://www.sarcheck.com

Likewise: open source enterprise solution to Active Directory authentication for Linux, Unix, Mac. Implements single sign-on for ssh and PuTTy. http://www.likewisesoftware.com/community/

Zmanda/Amanda open source backup software: centralized backup for Linux, Solaris, Windows, Mac http://www.zmanda.com

Calendaring Solutions:

Zimbra Server/Collaboration Suite:

http://www.zimbra.com/products/zimbra_linux_mac_server.html

http://www.zimbra.com/demos/zimbra_overview.html – Flash demo

OBM Open Business Management – GPL Enterprise-class e-mail and groupware solution www.obm.org

Unison – unified communications system: e-mail, PBX/telephony, instant messaging, calendar, antispam, web-based administration, integrated server monitoring, LDAP www.unison.com

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