It is planned
that the Demo-day is to be held in the halls of the English Preparatory
and Secondary School (EPSS). Demo-day is a combined effort of
many interested individuals to contribute knowledge and participate
in a global effort to learn and advance our worldwide community.
This paper discusses the contents of Demo-day.
Linux is an
Operating System. Operating Systems are programs written to make
a computer work the way we want them to. Operating Systems are
installed on every computer and they come in different flavours
and are made by different companies or programmers. Microsoft
Windows 95/98, 2000, NT, MacOS are some of the Operating Systems
(or OS for short) available today. Linux belongs to a variety
of Operating Systems called Unix. Unix is a world standard.
other OS, Linux is Free and was conceived by an individual by
the name of Linus Torvalds at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
These days it is supported and maintained by academics and enthusiasts
around the globe. Linux, brought to life in 1991, has proven to
be a stable and formidable Operating System today. It is widely
used in many fields. Among them, as servers on the World Wide
Web of the Internet, as scientific number crunching supercomputers
and as desktop computers for word-processing, spreadsheets and
games. It was chosen for the Demo-day because:
1. It has
academic value Linux has been developed with combined efforts
from academics and enthusiasts. Contributions to it were made
mostly by computer science students around the world in an effort
to learn and teach others at the same time. This has added to
its immense popularity and its threat to major OS vendor companies.
Linux will thus prove itself worthy for the student trying to
learn more about the personal computer and the workings of the
Operating System. Demo-day will show exhibits of what can be
achieved with this Operating System of the next generation.
2. It is
Open-source Linux is an Open-source program. This means that
the source code (or the code written by the programmers) is
available for others to see, change and distribute at will.
The Open-source nature of Linux lets students and others to
play around, learn and perhaps contribute to the Linux project
or even create something new altogether.
3. It encourages
sharing of knowledge Linux is maintained and updated by hundreds
of contributing academics and enthusiasts around the globe.
They communicate with each other via email or other electronic
means. Due to its Open-source nature, developers have to share
their programming skills and tricks with others. Therefore by
using Linux as an educational tool, students are able to share
valuable knowledge with others from around the world.
4. It lets
us be part of a global effort Using Linux as an educational
tool, learning from it and teaching ourselves the technology
used in computers today we are contributing to not only extending
our knowledge but also to the global community as a whole. Its
lets us be part of a global effort to create a better Operating
System for the future.
planned for the 17th of February 2000, will feature some of the
Clustering is a means of connecting several computers together
and using their combined calculating prowess to do a single
or many tasks. Clustering has been used in the real world in
such breakthrough movies as Toy Story, Titanic and others. It
is being used for scientific calculations that require heavy
computational power such as nuclear energy simulations, fluid
dynamics and weather forecasting.
feature three to four computers connected via a network and will
show the rendition of a ray-traced image on the screen.
applications for the Linux OS will be exhibited showing that
Linux is a viable solution for not only the scientific and academic
community but also as a replacement for most popular Operating
Systems. Among the applications will be:
Applications Developed by Corel Corporation of Canada. Corel
Office Star Office comprises of a complete desktop word-processing,
spreadsheet and personal information management system much
like the Microsoft Office suite.
Image manupulation software.
solutions Demo-day will feature an exhibit that demonstrates
intranet networking solutions. It will show how to provide cheap
and viable networking for information servers. With webservers
(Apache), mail servers (sendmail) and irc servers(ircd).