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Quick Takes: Linux protects, serves in Louisiana

Michael S. Mimoso, News Editor

Linux combination archives La. court records

Louisiana's 19th Judicial District Court is using Dell servers running Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters and Oracle9i Application Server on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server to archive court records online and distribute real-time information to law enforcement, judges and the public. The Dell-Oracle-Red Hat combination runs applications like ACS Judicial Solutions application to manage the court schedules, records and related documents. Using the Oracle 9i Application Server Portal, ACS records and schedules are managed online giving users a single view of their records for better management. The four-node cluster in Baton Rouge consists of Dell PowerEdge 6650 servers, each with four Intel 2.0 GHz Xeon processors with the Dell EMC CX400 SAN storage system. The platform runs Oracle9i Real Application Clusters and Oracle9i Application Server with Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.

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IBM awards top student Linux developers

The Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India, was recently named winner of IBM's Second Linux Scholar Challenge. The challenge awards the top Linux student programmers. Winners were selected from more than 2,871 entries from 646 universities in 68 countries. The university has been awarded a 16-node IBM eServer xSeries cluster running Linux. IIT received the highest overall average score among student winners from the universities that enrolled in the challenge. Student winners received an IBM ThinkPad laptop running Linux. The projects represented a wide-range of Linux applications, from enhancing existing security and monitoring applications to building a network of Linux-based translation tools to create unified global communications.

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Linux at heart of truckers' Internet connection

Linux is the underlying platform for new high-speed wireless Internet access points at more than 1,000 truckstops in the United States. IBM and Rocksteady Networks will provide the infrastructure for the system. Rocksteady software loaded on IBM's Intel-based servers running Linux will enable truckers to connect to the Internet through 802.11 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN'S) deployed by Columbia Advanced Wireless. CAW will deploy 802.11b or Wi-Fi hotspots at selected truck stops and offer prepaid access cards that act like prepaid calling cards. For security and optimum performance CAW will deploy the Rocksteady NSA Network Sharing Application and IBM eServer xSeries systems running Linux as the platform for the new Internet access points.

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Dell moves HPC Linux clusters into Europe

Dell announced this month several agreements with European customers providing them with high-performance computing cluster solutions. HPCC links tens to thousands of standards-based servers together to act as a single compute engine. The clusters are all running Linux and included deals in the fields of academics, automotive and aerospace industries.

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