Welcome to our one-year anniversary issue. No, there's
boisterous banner on the cover, and no million-dollar
contest to celebrate,
but we're excited about it anyway.
This magazine has been lots of fun. It's fun because
meeting a genuine need -- both for our readers and advertisers.
It's fun because every issue is still a new challenge.
(For one thing,
we never dreamed we'd be printing over 100 pages before
the end of
the first year.) Finally, its fun because I'm getting
to learn more
about my favorite operating system.
Recently our staff sat down to review our first year.
afresh at what we actually did, and at what we wrote
a year ago as
our mission. Finally, we asked if the original statement
had been on target. With a few exceptions, we concluded
that we had
done what we set out to do and that we should keep doing
more of the
The most significant exceptions were our coverage of
and distributed computing and platform specific coverage.
more stories that address the really thorny issues involved
large networks, and we'd like more stories that are
specific to the
Sun and AIX platforms.
So, if you are knowledgeable about any of those subjects,
write something. We'd like to improve our balance in
If you don't want to write about those areas, write
best stories come from our readers -- from working administrators.
Thank you for reading, subscribing, advertising, writing,
and for being supportive and encouraging. Thanks.
Now, on to a different subject . . .
I have just returned from my first UniForum. (I finally
a good rationalization for spending the money!) UniForum
-- the trade show filled two large exhibit halls. And,
because it is large and well-established, many of the
booths are more
showmanship than useful information. (Anymore, the same
is true at
all large, well-established shows.) Even so, I found
it quite interesting.
First, several vendors were exhibiting various file-system
enhancements for release 4.2. These products let you
file compression, file system hardening (no fsck), volume
and other, more specialized features to UNIX. Many of
volume management) can really make an administrator's
life much easier.
Unfortunately, we can't take advantage of these neat
because we aren't running a release 4.2 product -- even
I'm embarrassed to say, I thought we were. We recently
UNIX ver. 4.2. Without doing any real research, I just
"ver. 4.2" meant that it was based on release
4.2. Not true!
The SCO release is still based on release 3. Arrgh!
I can't say that
I'm pleased with SCO's version numbering strategy. You
can bet that
if we can find a release 4.2 UNIX that will let us salvage
applications at a reasonable cost, we'll be changing
Finally, I was pleased to see not one, but several vendors
exhibiting Alphaterminal products -- both terminals
software. In fact, we bought a bunch of alphaterminals.
I sure hope
they arrive soon.
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