A few days ago I was a little sniffy about the ThinkingLinux conference, to which I had wangled a free ticket just by being in the first twenty to telephone a number in an newspaper ad. Having attended today I have to say it was very useful and well worth going to; it was admittedly a vendor event, as opposed to an industry conference, but still worth going to - if you booked before 2/Oct it was only A$99 anyway. I shall be posting some more details over the next few days but here is my high level brain dump:
  • Alfreso supports document management, embedded processes, version control etc. It can be used from Windows clients using CIFS.
  • Pentaho has some neat data mining and dashboard technology. Compare to BusinessObjects.
  • For software development process (a subject dear to my heart) consider ScrumWiki (I wonder if there is an Extreme Programming WiKi?)
  • Eclipse have just released version 1.0 of their Process Framework, which includes the Open Unified Process (head for the hills!) and EPF composer so you can customise your own processes which sounds much more useful. Currently the composer creates web pages that document the process, there is no process automation engine, whatever you might guess that to be.
  • TWiki might be highly configurable
  • BackupPC is a neat way to backup Linux and Windows machines across a network. Minimises back up sets and it's easy to restore (files copies from a web browser)
  • Jabber can be used, not just to receive status messages, but also to send commands to software agents
  • XEN is a sophisticated piece of server management technology for failover and server migration. I'm going to use it on my laptop for development.
  • The award for the coolest acronym must be STONITH

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