- Thinking about going to SCALE, the Southern CaliforniA Linux Expo, but
haven't really decided yet?
Here's a description of some, but not all of the talks schedule for
next month's So Cal Linux Expo. There are still some tickets left.
If you don't grab one now, you may miss some of these interesting
See http://www.socallinuxexpo.com to buy a ticket. If you're a member
of a LUG, or a student, there are discount tickets available.
"Scripting the Web" - Rasmus Lerdorf
Rasmus will be discussing PHP and its applications to web scripting.
"What's new in the 2.5 kernel?" - Robert Love
The Linux kernel 2.5 development series culminated nearly a year of
rapid development with the feature freeze on 31 October. Numerous new
features and enhancements were merged to further increase Linux's
performance and robustness. This talk will discuss some of the more
interesting and relevant new innovations in the kernel including, but
not limited to, block I/O enhancements, new O(1) scheduler, kernel
preemption, new reverse-mapping VM, and thread enhancements.
Improvements to scalability, performance, and stability are numerous
in the new kernel. How these new features work, what they sought to
achieve, and what they actually improved, especially from the view of
the desktop user, will be discussed. How will these new features
effect desktop users? Servers? Embedded systems? When will the new
kernel be released? And what on earth will be its version (2.6 or
"Graphics in Linux" - J. P. Lewis
Linux has been widely adopted movie special effects production. J.P.
will give some anecdotes of linux in movie special effects R&D,
describe the unusual FX production culture, and show some recent
state-of-the-art visual effects.
"IBM and Linux" - Bill Hilf
Bill will give an overview of Linux momentum in the marketplace, Total
Cost of Ownership, and IBM's commitment to Linux. This latter section,
"Linux@IBM" will discuss how IBM is investing and using Linux today,
as well as the contributions and interaction IBM has made and
continues with Linux and the Open Source community. Bill will also
discuss how IBM's customers are deploying Linux today, including
descriptions of customer references and solutions.
"Tuning Unices For Security" - Darren Moffat
An all powerful single user account is often too much power in one
persons hands to perform the jobs they need to do. A form of RBAC has
been available in versions of Solaris for over 10 years but only
became main stream in Solaris 8. Many other systems (including most
mainstream GNU/Linux distributions use sudo to achieve a similar goal
of giving out only the privleges needed to admin users.
Darren Moffat will give an overview of some of the areas of
compatibility and divergence in some OS security features between
Solaris and Linux (RedHat will be the baseline comparison). The main
focus will be on RBAC (Role Based Access Control), PAM and Kerberos.us
will be on RBAC (Role Based Access Control), PAM and Kerberos.
Darren will also discuss some of the technical difficulties in
manging open source based components in Solaris (this is NOT a GPL/BSD
license rant but is about technical issues).
"Linux in Universities" - Dan Kegel
Businesses and universities are hiring people with Linux skills,
deploying Linux on servers to save money, and even evaluating Linux on
the desktop. Microsoft's pricing and security policies have made Linux
an attractive alternative. Linux's open source nature makes it an
excellent tool for teaching. Linux now comes with free alternatives to
Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office which work well enough for the
average user. University IT departments should start planning to
support Linux on the desktop in recognition of its increased
"The driverfs" - Patrick Mochel
Patrick is the primary designer and author of both the driverfs system
and the new device model in the ongoing 2.5 kernel development
series. He will elaborate more on the need of the new device driver
model with emphasis on the accompanying driverfs implementation and
"Linux System Disaster Recovery Planning" - Tim Jones, The Tolis
Linux, unlike many other Unix environments, is actually very easy to
recover after a system failure or other disaster - *IF* you have
appropriate backups and boot media and a disaster recovery plan.
By defining system backups appropriately, ensuring that you have a
full listing of the necessary hardware (in case you have to replace
the entire system), having a manual operation plan while the recovery
is occurring, and keeping boot media and system backups offsite,
everyone - from the smallest business to the largest corporation can
easily turn a system disaster into a non-event.
Tim will examine various recovery scenarios and show how to build a
sample disaster recovery plan centered around a Linux environment.