Networking information such as IP address, netmask, gateway IP address,
DNS addresses, domain name, and type of network card
For pre-install PCs, try fip,
partition commander, or partition magic which comes with openLinux.
Disk partiton: swap, / and /usr file systems.
Control panel: runlevel editor, time machine, printer, network, modem
and gnome-linuxconf (adding new user, file systems and boot mode.)
- CD-ROM drive: Desktops/laptops list for supported platforms.
- X: Graphics card and resolution. Is my card supported? Use xf86config to configure X server: Mach8,
Mach32, Mach64, AGX/XGA, 8514/A, S3, I128, P9000 - accel.
Otherwise select SVGA. You may also use XF86Setup to configure X.
You may have to edit /etc/X11/XF86Config with ideal refresh rates
with the help of /usr/bin/X11/xvidtune.
- PCI cards: many of them won't work under Linux. All the cheap 56K modems
are desiged to tie to "MS-Windows". They just won't work for other OS.
Also note that many PCI Ethernet and SCSI cards are supported.
- ISP Hookup: Tips; Or get EzPPP.
- There are cases that you may have to down the
latest kernel and device
drivers to remake a new kernel with 'make menuconfig' command
under the source code directory.
- eMail client: there are plenty of choices such as the ancient
mail, elm, pine,
mutt (a highly recommended one) or GUI based
xmailtool, xmh and netscape's mail client.
Zope: a free, open source application server.
INTERSHOP 3: e-commerce server.
- GNOME (GNU Network Object
Model Environment; which is Win98 like and better) :
Hides command line and configuration file editing from regular users.
It also provides MS-Explorer like panel and MS-Windows like task
bar. The gnome's control
center is useful for desktop, window manager attributes (move, resize,
keyboard focus style and shortcuts definition), multimedia and
- KDE: just like gnome with
different look and feel. You may find the comparison in
- Emulator: Wine.
- HTML: Webmaker
- KDE based html editor.
- Fax: Hylafax.
- Internet: Enhydra (application server) ,
Apache, Apache-SSL, Squid, Sendmail, D,
- Firewall/Gateway: UsingLinuxAsAGateway, kfirewall.
- Multimedia: Acrobat Reader (4.0),
MPEG audio players.
- Finance: GnuCash, Linux Free Money,
AccountFlex, Xinvest and Xquote.
- Networking: IRC, MUDS,
Samba (as NT domain controller, as well as file and print server),
PPP, and etc.
Oracle (free with installation
helper), informix, MySql
with dbMetrix, gmysql,
MyAdmin, and PHPGen as the front end GUI.
PostgreSQL: Object -Relational DBMS.
- Development: GNU,
Java (from IBM),
CORBA, Moonshine and etc.
- Games: Quake 3, Doom, and Unreal.
- More ...
Plenty of evidence
- Mobile device powered by
new chips and run by Linux.
- All the major vendors are now supporting Linux products except MS.
- Dissatisfaction with Microsoft: How Microsoft took the 'Win'
out of Windows.
- Created by a worldwide team of talented, unpaid (sort of) programmers.
- A highly scalable and reliable maverick operating system
- Making decisions for ourselves, not having to accept a crappy OS.
- Vendor neutral - everyone owns it. No one controls it.
- freedom and freely available on the net: no strings attached
- College kids grow up in Linux environment.
- Cost: $50 (average Linux distribution) vs. $4300(NT server with 10 clients)
- Kicking the butt of a two-tons gorilla is fun
- DOJ is charging hard
- Every Linux box out there means one less NT box
- Keep Redmond elephant honest in the market
- Heavy duties SW for Enterprise:
RAID (Redundant Array of
Inexpensive Disks) and RedHat 6.0 supports many RAID controllers.
: A Next Generation Journalled 64-Bit Filesystem With Guaranteed Rate I/O.
Linux in Business
ETrade made a fundamental change in its operating system strategy by
deploying 90 IBM xSeries 330 servers running Linux last January.
The open-source, standards-based platform held the promise of cost savings,
according to Josh Levine, ETrade's chief administrative officer.
has ported its Reuters Market Data Systems (RMDS),
which provides real-time market data and financial news, to Linux.
Merrill Lynch & Co. is running RMDS on Linux.
Since the beginning of the year,
Merrill Lynch & Co. has been immersed in a
Linux rollout for mission-critical applications, including a
mainframe-based 401(k) application that generates
about 200,000 statements every quarter.
Merrill Lynch also runs Linux on 50 dual-processor Intel boxes that are
clustered together to perform complex analytics related to foreign
exchange options. Most of Carey's work has been on creating Linux
prototypes and ensuring compatibility with other systems.
Investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort
Wasserstein uses systems running on Linux for
mission-critical tasks such as risk management applications.
Lehman Brothers tested Linux system and concluded a 3-quarater cost
saving with two times faster performance than its current servers.
SIAC, a joint partnership between the New York Stock Exchange and the
American Stock Exchange, migrated two Artmail components to Linux
that enable the company to deliver files and reports directly to
brokers and traders as e-mail attachments by consolidating 180 Sun SPARC
servers to a single
IBM mainframe running Red Hat Linux.
Financial firm Credit Suisse First Boston migrated one of its
key customer service applications that was spread across 20
reduced instruction set chip-based systems to a few
Intel-based processors running Red Hat Linux. They also deployed
Egenera's blade server, running Red Hat Linux to process some
60 million financial transactions a day. The result:
performance per transaction increased more than 20 times.
institutions have been adopting Linux are
CS First Boston (CSFB ), Ameritrade (AMTD ),
ASB Bank, TSB Bank (New Zealand).
First Credit Bank of Los Angeles and Deutsche Bank.
More foreign banks are switching to Linux such as
Banco Mercantil. Banco Mercantilis one of the largest
banks in Venezuela with 375 branches. Banco
commercial IT system based on Linux for S/390.
In th other industries areas, companies like
Google (which has over 10,000 Linux servers in production),
Amazon, Boscov's, L.L. Bean
Price Chopper, SherwinWilliams, Motorola,
and Akamai, have also depolyed
Linux systems for productions. Recently,
Air New Zealand, are using the Linux operating system
IBM mainframes, 7-Eleven runs email on Linux, while an HP customer,
L-3 Communications, is using Linux to run airport baggage scanning systems.
IDC estimates that commercial
shipments of Linux will increase at a compound annual growth rate
of 25 percent from 1999 to 2003, compared with a 10 percent growth
for all other client operating environments combined, and a 12
percent growth rate for all other server operating environments
combined. From all indications, the Linux bandwagon is sure to
become more crowded in the near future.
750,000,000 people will be running Linux in 5 years. Aapache
is the leading Web server; which keeps increasing its market share
while both IIS and Netscape are shrinking.
(See Serve Your Site and
The hot and modern SW such as Java, XML and Corba are all available on Linux.
Think about those students and geeks who never ask what Linux
can do for them. They only ask what they can do for Linux :-).
Desktop? Will Linux ever be a successful and viable desktop in the future?
How about embedded Linux for net appliances (wired and
wiredless)? Linux is also fast on moving 64 bits architecture such
as Alpha (Compaq), X86-64 (AMD), and Willamette (Intel).
More Open source? SCO's SAR, Sun's Solaris, SGI's IRIX, Apple's MAC OSX.
Quotes from the Net
I've never had a customer mention Linux to me.
My main goal has always been to be in the position that I'm
not ashamed of what I've done or am doing, and that I'm doing
the best I can.
Technically, Unix is a simple, coherent system that pushes a few
good ideas to the limit.
Linux is perceived as a threat, but in reality, it's not
that way. In reality, it's a promise.
When the system is free, Microsoft can't win
and that's why Linux can't lose.
With a PC, I always felt limited by the
software available. On Unix, I am
limited only by my knowledge. --
Peter J. Schoenster
In a World without Fences, Who Needs Gates?
First, they ignore you.
Then they laugh at you.
Then they fight you.
Then you win.