I had the opportunity to attend the SCALE: The Southern California Linux Expo
here in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. I wanted to give you some of my impressions of the show, but other projects got in the way. Here are some comments and thoughts I had, even though a bit late.
I only had Saturday morning available in my schedule, but I still caught 2 great talks. The first was a presentation on Windows to Linux Migration. It addressed many issues I hadn't really thought about and gave some clear insight into how to accomplish the migration with a minimal amount of pain.
The second session was the one by BRU on backup strategies. The presenter was very good and he didn't spend an inordinate amount of time shilling BRU. Again, he gave a great overview of the various strategies behind backups and the pros and cons of each. Very good. I especially liked the info on disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T). I have many clients who need to move to some sort of "staged" storage and this really helped to engage my thinking.
The exhibits were interesting, if small. Here I was less knowledgeable about the market, but I did talk to the folks at Novell, BRU, the thin-client people and several others.
One pet project I am looking for is a Linux distro that would turn any older PC (think Win 98-based machine) into a cheap NAS (network-attached storage) box for backups, home servers, etc. I would really like to find a turnkey solution so I could some of these older machines back into service. I configured one such box for my own purposes here in the home office using Damn Small Linux and Samba and I am really enjoying it. It also gave me a test bed for playing around with a Linux Desktop.
One major "take-away" for me had to do with getting out of your usual environment and exploring new avenues of technology. There will be an upcoming Career Opportunities: The High-Tech Career Handbook column based on that concept.