Monday, September 15, 2003
E Pluribus Linux - Choosing One Distro Among Many
The freedom in open software is the freedom to make changes, possibly even drastic ones, and the freedom to choose. With Heather Stern as your guide, learn about the style and advantages of several major distros.
Open Source Licenses - Which to use when
There are many licenses available for using with your software projects, but which do you choose? There's the BSD license, the GNU Public License, the Lesser GNU Public License, the Perl Artistic License, as well as a plethora of licenses from companies like Apple, IBM, and Sun. Which do you choose? In this informative talk, we'll go over the major licenses to help you determine which one is right for you. Presented by Evan Leibovitch, President, Linux Professional Institute.
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Building Linux Clusters
Clustering means many things to many people. To some it means highly available fail over clustering, to others it means large farms of web servers, and to still others it means high performance cluster used to decode the human genome. This talk touches on each of these uses briefly, and introduces the audience to a number of open source tools which can be used to quickly build and manage any of these types of clusters. Presented by Sean Dague, IBM.
TECHXNY Conference Lunch
SNAP: Simple, Naturally-Accessible Perl
Perl has become the lingua franca of the Web, the system administrator's tool of choice, the Swiss Army Chainsaw of Unix. If you've been interested in learning it but have been intimidated by the steep learning curve that goes with picking up a new language, Ben Okopnik's SNAP (Simple, Naturally-Accessible Perl) will demonstrate a subset of Perl that is small but sufficient for most common tasks.
SNAP Part II: Using Modules
The Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) is a terrific resource for any Perl coder - it can often slash hours from your development time and turn a tough project into just a few lines of code. In this extension of the original SNAP, Ben Okopnik will show you how to use both the "exporting" and the "object-oriented" module types to reduce your programming workload.
X - The Networked GUI
Graphical environments are quite popular these days and to our great pleasure most PC based UNIX variants - Linux among them - come with GUIs set up already. Heather Stern will describe how the X Windowing System really works, some interesting uses that leads to, and ways to bend its appearance to serve you.
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
A Whirlwind Tour of Python
The Python programming language is known for it's concise syntax, ease-of-use, and object-oriented design but is it worth it learn another language? "Definitely," says Jim Dennis of Starshine Technical Services. "The cool part of [a demo I gave] was where I showed how I added support to dump the result into a PostgreSQL database, in about 4 or 5 lines of additional code. (That was a bit of a jaw dropper when they saw how simple and legible that bit of code was)." Listen to Jim talk about why you should be using Python for your system admin duties.
10:15-11:15 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Practical Security Tips, Parts I and II
Linux is known as a very secure operating system, but that doesn't mean you don't need to "lock it down" after installation. In this session, Jim Dennis will cover how to make a Linux box practically invulnerable. He'll also show some ways in which Linux can be used to reduce spam and viruses, thereby protecting other operating systems that may be on your network. Intrusion detection and prevention will also be discussed.
TECHXNY Conference Lunch
Growing Your Linux Deployment (And Living to Talk About It)
It's easy to deploy and manage one Linux box. It's easy to grow that deployment from one to five Linux boxes. But, what about going from 5 to 50 to 1500 Linux boxes? System Administrators must shift their Linux management and deployment strategy, along with choice of scalable services from a lab-centric approach to an enterprise-centric approach. This Linux Boot Camp session will review common tools and methods for managing growing numbers of Linux servers and workstations, discuss their specific advantages and disadvantages, and also help identify key Linux services and software management strategies that can scale to meet your needs and are geared for enterprise success.
System Rescue with the LNX-BBC
Learn how to use the Linux Bootable Business Card (LNX-BBC) to restore and fix a broken Linux system. Heather Stern of Starshine Technical Services will walk you through the procedure you need to know to bring a computer back to life.
TECHXNY Keynote, Special Events Hall
Kevin Rollins, President & COO, Dell
Meet The Gurus
We're not quite sure what this entails, but bring your laptops. We will have boot-able (and installable) CDs for you to play with. All of the speakers will be on hand to answer your Linux question and troubleshoot your problems. This session may turn into an installfest or a fragfest. :-)
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Linux Professional Institute Certification Exams 101 and 201
Need to get certified in Linux? The Linux Professional Institute's certification is THE certification in the Linux world. As members of the Linux Boot Camp, you'll have to opportunity to take either (or both!) of the introductory exams FREE OF CHARGE. Exams are given at 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
To take either (or both) of the LPI certifications, you MUST pre-register with the LPI. You can register at the following URL: https://www.lpi.org/en/login.html.