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Linus Speaks at SVLUG Meeting

Chris DiBona Issue #50, June 1998 Linus Torvalds tells the Silicon Valley users group about his current work on the Linux kernel. When we gave the job of arranging speakers to Sam Ockman, we never doubted his ability to bring in terrific speakers. His first speaker, for our January meeting, was his personal hero, H. Peter Anvin. For February, we ...

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Linux WAN Routers

Tony Mancill Issue #50, June 1998 Here’s another great use for Linux; Mr. Mancill tells us why his company picked Linux routers over the big names. Every time I deploy a Linux system for my company, the phrase “Linux in a production environment? It’ll never happen,” stills echoes through my head. At a previous employer, this was the pat answer ...

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Virtual Interview with Jeremy Allison and Andrew Tridgell

John Blair Issue #50, June 1998 Author John Blair talks to two members of the Samba development team to discover some history and take a look at the future of the project. Andrew Tridgell and Jeremy Allison together have written the majority of the code in Samba, the popular SMB (Windows Networking) file server for UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems. ...

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Magick with Images

Steve Whitehouse Issue #50, June 1998 Mr. Whitehouse gives us an introduction to a free software package for manipulating images—ImageMagick. Ever since the first computers with graphical displays, computer editing and transformation of images has been one of the most popular application areas. There should be little surprise that there is a multiplicity of free graphic software available under Linux. ...

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The Coda Distributed File System

Peter J. Braam Issue #50, June 1998 Carnegie Mellon University has developed an exciting file system. Mr. Braam, one of the developers, tells us all about it. The Coda distributed file system is a state-of-the-art experimental file system developed in the group of M. Satyanarayanan at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Numerous people contributed to Coda, which now incorporates many features ...

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Toward Greater Portability: A Quixotic View

Ph.D.. Graydon Ekdahl, Issue #49, May 1998 A fun way to look at the issue of the development of a universal GUI. Don Quixote: Ahhh, Sancho, think of it! A single GUI interface that would allow me to write my application once and then run it on Windows, OS2 Warp and Linux boxes without changing one line! Maybe even on ...

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The Python DB-API

Andrew M. Kuchling Issue #49, May 1998 A Python SIG has put together a DB-API standard; Mr. Kuchling gives us the details. Many people use Python because, like other scripting languages, it is a portable, platform-independent and general-purpose language that can perform the same tasks as the database-centric, proprietary 4GL tools supplied by database vendors. Like 4GL tools, Python lets ...

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CDE Plug-and-Play

George Kraft IV Issue #49, May 1998 A major strength of the Common Desktop Evnironment is its programming infrastructure, for example, ToolTalk. This article illustrates client and server plug-and-play through the use of the Desktop’s Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). ToolTalk, in the Common Desktop Environment (CDE), is a message brokering system that enables applications to communicate with each other without ...

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Rapid Prototyping with Tcl/Tk

Richard Schwaninger Issue #49, May 1998 A discussion of rapid prototyping and how it can benefit programmers in creating software to match the customer’s needs. Creating software is a complex process that embeds the programmer in rules and constraints. Customer needs fight against bugs in the program, and usability fights against production costs. The current procedure to solve all these ...

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Helping Netscape Make History

Eric S. Raymond Issue #48, April 1998 Netscape source is now free, who would have thought it? Eric Raymond, that’s who. Here are his insights into this momentous event. One of the strangest and most disorienting feelings to experience is waking up and realizing you’re making history. I had that feeling the day of Netscape’s bombshell announcement on January 23, ...

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