LinuxCon 2010 Just for Fun Poll Results explained

The results of the “Just for Fun” Poll community have just been released.  You may be wondering what some of those weird names actually mean, so here goes a short guide for those, like myself, who are not up to date with it all.

Best new Kernel Feature

  1. Btrfs: is a new copy on write filesystem for Linux aimed at implementing advanced features while focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration. Initially developed by Oracle, Btrfs is licensed under the GPL and open for contribution from anyone.

    Linux has a wealth of filesystems to choose from, but we are facing a number of challenges with scaling to the large storage subsystems that are becoming common in today’s data centers. Filesystems need to scale in their ability to address and manage large storage, and also in their ability to detect, repair and tolerate errors in the data stored on disk. [extracted from ]

  2. Dynamic Tracing: Dynamic event tracing is one of the newest feature on perf/ftrace. This allows users to dynamically add/remove additional trace-events with various arguments in the kernel. This feature consists of kprobe-based event tracer and ‘perf-probe’ user-space command which helps users to find probe points easily from source code by analyzing kernel debuginfo.  Extracted from
  3. LogFS: is a Linux log-structured and scalable flash filesystem, intended for use on large devices of flash memory. It is written by Jörn Engel and in part sponsored by the CE Linux Forum. [extracted from ]
  4. Ceph Filesystem: Ceph is a distributed network file system designed to provide excellent performance, reliability, and scalability. [ extracted from ]

Favourite IT Operation Tools

  1. Nagios: a powerful monitoring system that enables organizations to identify and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes.
  2. Snort: A free lightweight network intrusion detection system.
  3. Bacula: an Open Source network backup and restore solution.
  4. OpenNMS: a network management application platform.
  5. Zenoss: an open-source network monitoring and server monitoring product.
  6. Munin: a networked resource monitoring tool that can help analyze resource trends and “what just happened to kill our performance?” problems. It is designed to be very plug and play. A default installation provides a lot of graphs with almost no work.

Favourite Browser

  1. Firefox (75%)
  2. Chrome
  3. Opera
  4. Konqueror
  5. Epiphany

Favourite Open Source Project

  1. Apache: The world’s most popular Web Server. Most of the web runs on it.
  2. OpenOffice: A multi-platform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites.
  3. MySQL: MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database software, with
    over 100 million copies of its software downloaded or distributed
    throughout it’s history. With its superior speed, reliability, and ease
    of use, MySQL has become the preferred choice for Web, Web 2.0.
  4. MeeGo: an open source, Linux project which brings together the Moblin
    headed up by Intel, and Maemo, by Nokia, into a single open
    source activity.
  5. XBMC: an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media.
  6. WordPress: WordPress started as just a blogging systems, but has evolved to be used as full content management system.
  7. StatusNet: StatusNet is the open source microblogging platform that helps you share and connect in real-time within your own domain.
  8. Hadoop: The Apache Hadoop project develops open-source software for reliable, scalable, distributed computing.
  9. Drizzle: Drizzle is a community-driven project based on the popular MySQL DBMS
    that is focused on MySQL’s original goals of ease-of-use, reliability
    and performance.

Best Linux Success Story

  1. Overall enterprise Linux adoption
  2. Android market presence
  3. Red Hat Earnings
  4. MeeGo Merger

Hall of shame: Biggest industry Disappointment

  1. Playstation ditches Linux
  2. Adobe v Apple Stand-off
  3. Bilski Decision

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