Me…Caught up?

Could it be possible that I’m finally starting to get caught up? You undoubtedly noticed the lag over the weekend – Thursday’s issue on Saturday, Friday’s on Sunday night. The former was due, in part, to work done over the weekend to secure and harden the Lockergnome servers. I had the issue ready but couldn’t get it out. OK, I’ll take the lion’s share of the responsibility. With the planning for this week’s scripting series, I’ve nearly got the full week’s worth of Penguin Shell issues ready to go. That may seem pretty dull but, for me, it’s an exciting leap in the right direction – getting back on schedule to deliver useful Linux information to *start* your day, rather than end it.

Last week, as you may know, was the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. As often happens, this conference served as a meeting place to ink and announce interesting partnerships within the Linux world. Among those announcements were the following:

  • Turbolinux inked a deal with Compaq and Hewlett Packard to sell its server administration software.
  • E*Trade announced the migration of its current servers to the Linux-based IBM line.
  • Keynote speaker Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett Packard, noted that, “A decade ago, this conference couldn’t have happened because this movement literally didn’t exist. But here we all are — challenging conventional wisdom and changing the world all at the same time.” She also cited the recent partnership extension between HP and DreamWorks SKG as an indication of the further mainstreaming of Linux. “These representatives from the business community aren’t supporting Linux because it’s popular. They’re doing it because it meets their needs and those of their customers, and they’re putting their money where their mouths are,” she said.

It is, indeed, exciting to see mainstream movement like this in the Linux community. As slow and deliberate as it might be, broad recognition of the power and economic necessity of Linux is surely increasing. We’ve known it all along, huh?

Also of interest this weekend was a note on Slashdot about a very forward-thinking Iowa ISP. Huh? Iowa on Slash? It doesn’t happen very often, and when it does, we all pay attention. The article hinted that Iowa is, indeed, leading a new movement in high-speed Internet access. Kudos to Dave Weis for bringing the story to Slash’s attention and to the ISPs involved for thinking to the future.

Alright, shall we get on with it? It’s great to start another series in Penguin Shell, especially one of such import and usefulness as shell scripting. I’ve been reading through scripts all week and have been impressed, as always, by the ingenuity of Penguin Shell readers. This series will be fundamentally written by you, with some useful commentary on my part along the way. It’s a great opportunity to meet one of the inherent goals of Penguin Shell – to let the gurus among us push us all a bit further down the path. It’s obvious from looking through the submitted scripts that there are, indeed, many such gurus reading Penguin Shell on a semi-regular basis. Even though there’s still time to submit your favorite script, I’d like to thank those who’ve already taken the time to share their scripts, all to my surprise and intrigue. With their submissions and your careful attention, your Linux use and knowledge is about to take a quantum leap.