New IBM Redbook: “Practical Migration to Linux on System z”

There is a new draft IBM Redbook available called Practical Migration to Linux on System z. Here’s the RedBook abstract: There are many reasons why you would want to to optimize your servers through virtualization using Linux® on System z®: Too many distributed physical servers with low utilization A lengthy…

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Creating a book catalog with Drupal and the CCK, Views, and Amazon modules

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. Some of the links below may not work. I set up a little project for myself this weekend: how could I use Drupal to put together a catalog of my science fiction and fantasy books…

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My Red Hat Summit keynote: “Linux Everywhere? Matching the Workload to the Computer”

My Red Hat Summit is now available SlideShare and viewable below. You can also download the PDF directly. (The URL is now fixed.) Abstract: It’s a testament to the wild success of Linux that it is showing up on devices from wristwatches, to mobile phones, to netbooks, to desktops, to…

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Life with Linux: On the Road

Since my last entry on this topic two weeks ago, I’ve had the chance to bring my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400 running Ubuntu Linux 9.04 on a few business trips. I’ve also done a few tweaks, added a few apps, subtracted a few apps, and generally lived with this environment…

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Life with Linux: More apps

I’ve been working on tuning the Linux installation I have on my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400, and it’s time to add a few more applications. I’ll break them down by category. User Interface One feature I really like on OS X for the Mac is the ability to change the…

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Life with Linux: Up and running, and changing the look

In the previous entry on this topic I did some basic personal customizations to my Ubuntu 9.04 Linux installation on my Lenovo T400 laptop. As I left it, I was about to install the IBM internal software layer that contains things such as Lotus Notes, SameTime, and Symphony. That went…

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Life with Linux: First customizations

By the end of the last entry, I had installed and updated a basic, vanilla Ubuntu 9.04 Linux desktop on a Lenovo T400 laptop. There was nothing about the installation that was special to the hardware or to how I wanted the environment to be. I’ll now start customizing, and…

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Life with Linux: Simplifying and starting over

Ok, so yesterday I talked about dual booting Fedora and Ubuntu. Last night I played a bit with the multi-boot situation, looked at some upgrade options, learned more than I wanted to know about the grub boot loader, and generally thought about the situation. This morning I blew away everything…

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Webcast: Migrating from Solaris to Red Hat Linux on IBM Systems

IBM will be hosting a webcast on said topic on Thursday, June 25, at 1 PM ET. The webcast description is: Interested in migrating from Solaris to Linux on IBM Systems, but concerned about technical gotchas in custom code and shell scripts? What you don’t know can matter, particularly when…

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Advancing a culture of IT openness

I’m going to go out on a limb here and quote a sentence from Wikipedia’s entry (here today, changed tomorrow, changed back the next day) on aspects of culture: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group What might this mean for…

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Linux, Virtualization, and Clouds

The presentation I gave yesterday at Cloud Expo Europe is now available online. As with most presentations, the slides are meant to drive the discussion and not be 100% expositionally complete. In particular, my thesis in this talk is that virtualization (or “virtualisation,” for you Brits) is essential for clouds…

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So you want to be an open source contributor?

I’m sometimes asked by people how they can participate in open source projects. Alternatively, I’m asked for support money by people who have very specific open source projects they want to do, but that’s another blog entry. If you have coding skills and want to use them to develop open…

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