I was impressed with the number of responses to the Call for Papers
for this issue. Not surprisingly, the topic of Perl and Shell is
of keen interest to Sys Admin readers. As those of you who
submitted articles already know, I received too many articles to
fit into this issue. Some of the articles therefore are featured
on the Web site for June, and others will be published in later
issues. One particular Web-only feature article to note is PICA
by Miguel Armas and Esteban Manchado. This article describes the
authors' Perl Installation and Configuration Agent project,
which will soon be added to freshmeat.net. PICA is used to
distribute configuration files and alarm scripts to various servers
and uses SSH to establish secure connections to the remote servers.
Other interesting articles in this issue include "Fuzzy Text
Searches with agrep and afind" by Alexander Golomshtock, "The
Art of Spidering" by Reinhard Voglmaier, and "Tools for
Sorting Through Snort" by Kristy Westphal. Thank you all for
The editorial survey returns are trickling in. If you haven't
completed yours yet, it's not too late to submit it, and I
do thank those of you who've responded. According to these
very preliminary responses, 67% of you frequently (more than once
a month) write shell scripts, and about 50% frequently write Perl
In addition to the regular June magazine with all its fine content,
you probably also noticed the AIX supplement that mailed with this
issue. Thanks also to those who contributed articles for this supplement.
As I mentioned previously, we intend to continue to offer OS-specific
content in the form of these bonus issues. I understand that AIX
administration articles do not appeal to every reader, just as Solaris-
or Linux-related articles do not. We've always tried to provide
diverse articles in every issue, in the hope that at least one will
intrigue you, and we'll continue to provide a wide variety
of technical information. By the way, according to this year's
preliminary returns, Solaris is still the most commonly administered
operating system, followed by Linux. In third place so far is BSD.
In past years, third place has alternated between AIX and HP-UX.
I'll let you know more when all results have been tallied.
As always, don't hesitate to contact me if you have comments
about the magazine. I hope you enjoy this issue!
Editor in Chief