Linux left, right and centre at Expo

Linux will be a major focus of the 2002 Computerworld Expo at the Auckland Showgrounds next week.

Linux will be a major focus of the 2002 Computerworld Expo at the Auckland Showgrounds next week.

Taking centre stage among the 60 exhibitors is Auckland-based integrator Zombie Linux, which will showcase a real-time example of its Linux terminal server project, which it says proves how firms can make savings through using non-licensed products and easier-to-manage diskless workstations.

Zombie has set up a 30-PC system at Onehunga High School using diskless workstations and low-end Pentiums, which are then connected by 100Mbit/s ethernet to a Linux server.

Zombie’s Bryce Coad claims a similar Microsoft set-up managed to support just 11 terminals, while Onehunga High managed 32, “using 50% of the resources”.

Linux will also get a workout as the platform for a three-day Quake3 competition and in supporting continuous live-streaming video. A rack of Compaq Linux servers and Linux wireless products will also be on display.

Aside from the exhibition, a series of mostly free seminars is aimed at non-technical senior managers covering issues including getting a payback from IT, managing the software development process, security and living in a non-Microsoft world.

Among the speakers is Southern Cross Healthcare information boss David McClintock, on the subject of how the organisation saves through spending on IT.

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