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January 16, 2008

30,000 desktops and 1,880 servers migrated to SUSE Linux

by @ 4:47 pm. Filed under General Linux, General SUSE, Linux migrations, Linux News, SUSE News

30,000 desktops and 18,880 servers is quite a huge amount of machines to migrate. But that’s just what Elcot (Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu) has done over the past couple of years. It all started with one little laptop and SUSE Linux. But as people saw just how easy it is to use, how well it works, and how economical it is, they just had to have it, too.

It’s all part of the Linux movement gaining increasing momentum, about which I wrote a couple of days ago. This particular migration took place in India.

Here is a quick excerpt from the story:

“That day, Elcot’s managing director, C. Umashankar, walked into his office in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and was handed a brand new laptop. He recalls promptly giving it back to his PA. ‘I asked him to load Suse Linux on it. I guess he was surprised. But when the installation — complete with drivers and wireless networking — only took 45 minutes and very little external effort, there was a new confidence in my PA.’ That confidence spread quickly. And with it came more penguins. Within weeks, the Rs 750-crore(Can$192 million)Elcot was undergoing a enterprise-wide migration to Suse Linux. A year later, Umashankar and his team had moved 30,000 computers and 1,880 severs belonging to some of the state’s schools to Linux — creating possibly the largest Linux rollout in India.”

Read more about one of the largest Linux migrations in India history.

Sun snaps up MySQL

by @ 11:04 am. Filed under oss news


How about the acquisition of MySQL by Sun? Here is a bit of the announcement:

“Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MySQL AB, an open source icon and developer of one of the world’s fastest growing open source databases for approximately $1 billion in total consideration. The acquisition accelerates Sun’s position in enterprise IT to now include the $15 billion database market. Today’s announcement reaffirms Sun’s position as the leading provider of platforms for the Web economy and its role as the largest commercial open source contributor.” source

That is a good thing to see. With the huge improvements in Postgres 8.x, it will be nice to see what Sun does to forge ahead with development of MySQL. Here is a picture of the guys in charge:

Sun / MySQL deal
Jonathan Schwartz, Rich Green, Marten Mickos (CEO of MySQL) and Greg Papadopoulos

Also, for more info and to answer more questions, take a look at the details provided by Groklaw on this story.

How to get your kids started young on Linux

by @ 7:08 am. Filed under General Linux

Being the responsible parent that I am, it is essential that I raise my children with the ability to think for themselves and make the right decision. This means making sure that they are raised using Linux.

To do that, we have to find an entertaining game or two for them to play that run on Linux. Perhaps even something that they can do with dear old mom or dad. I think I have found the perfect thing. My daughter wakes up every morning and asks me, “Dad, when can we play the potato game?” She is referring to the Linux app ‘Potato Guy’. Apparently, it is also known as KTuberling.

What is funny is that you may even find yourself playing with it when there aren’t even any kids around.

The basic premise is that it is kind of like Mr. Potato Head. You have a potato with arms and legs. Then, around the outside of the window, you have hats, shirts, pants, ties, glasses, shoes, hair, noses, ears, mouths, eyes, eyebrows, earrings, and other things:

Potato Guy

If your child isn’t old enough to work the mouse, you may wish to help. You move the mouse and let the child tell you what to put where. It really makes for a good stress reliever, and gives you some quality bonding time with your offspring. That’s always good. If you want to go all out creative, see if you can get a better image than the one I did with Azzie, my 3-year-old:

Potato Guy

If you have kids or the mental capacity of one (much like myself), this is a super-huge waste of time, and you may just love it.

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