I've just returned from two weeks of trade shows. I
in Boston for Software Development Fall '92, where I
on debugging and on C coding techniques. From there
I went to UNIX
Expo to help staff our Sys Admin booth.
I was a little apprehensive about taking Sys Admin to
Expo; I was afraid the show would be dominated by end
what? Can I use that with my wordprocessor?").
I was pleasantly
surprised. We gave away over 3,000 sample copies to
and found that nearly everyone who passed the booth
admitted to doing
at least a little system administration. We met a significant
of people who already subscribe and were able to get
feedback about the magazine -- nearly all positive.
We also met
some potential authors and advertisers. All in all,
a very productive
Not remarkably, very few of those who admitted to doing
claimed it as their first love. (When we print a Sys
t-shirt, it should bear a slogan like: "I'm a System
it's dirty work but someone has to do it.") Invariably
told us they did system administration only because
avoid it or because no one else at their site knew how.
message in there somewhere.) Even so, most seemed intrigued
idea of a magazine just about system administration.
That was gratifying.
Aside from the positive reception for Sys Admin, I was
taken with an AlphaWindow demonstration. Clark Brown
Software Solutions Inc. (and one of our authors) demonstrated
version of their FacetTerm session manager. I liked
-- I liked it a lot. The alpha standard provides virtually
the functionality of the typical graphical windowing
with mouse and with icons for suspended and background
without all the processor and communications overhead
a full graphics implementation. Perhaps Bill Gates can
afford to put
a graphics competent workstation on everyone's desk,
but I can't.
AlphaWindow terminals coupled to a good session manager
a very reasonable compromise. I only hope the marketplace
the same conclusion.