Whence IT Value?

Spending on information technology on the part of U.S. manufacturers is finally starting to pay off in increased productivity. Why now? Have IT investments, growing steadily since the 1970s, suddenly crossed a magic threshhold? HBS Professor Andrew McAfee believes the answer lies neither in magic nor in the growing power of computers themselves. Productivity gains, he writes in this article from the online journal Exec, may have more to do with the evolution of computing from PC “islands” to integrated networks that bridge distances and bring people together.

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Shrinking The Linux Kernel And File System For IoT

At last year’s Embedded Linux Conference Europe, Sony’s Tim Bird warned that the stalled progress in reducing Linux kernel size meant that Linux was ceding the huge market in IoT edge nodes to real-time operating systems (RTOSes). At this February’s ELC North America event, another figure who has long been at the center of the ELC scene — Free Electrons’  Michael Opdenacker — summed up the latest kernel shrinkage schemes as well as future possibilities. Due perhaps to Tim Bird’s exhortations, ELC 2017 had several presentations on reducing footprint, including Rob Landley’s Tutorial: Building the Simplest Possible Linux System.

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An Introduction To The Ss Command

Linux includes a fairly massive array of tools available to meet almost every need. From development to security to productivity to administration…if you have to get it done, Linux is there to serve. One of the many tools that admins frequently turned to was netstat. However, the netstat command has been deprecated in favor of the faster, more human-readable ss command.

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Try Linux on Windows with WSL 2

Believe it or not, Microsoft started shipping Linux with Windows as of June 2017, meaning you can run Linux applications from Windows as the second iteration of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL 2). While it’s primarily aimed at developers, Windows users will find WSL 2 to be a Linux environment from the comfort of a familiar desktop without any virtualization taking up extra resources. This is Linux running as a process on your Windows machine.

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