Conferense Program

Friday, February 11 - Session 2

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Theme: Misc

F21 - 10.10-10.40 Linux on the Psion S5

Speaker: Werner Almesberger (see F13)

Linux has now also reached the world of palmtop devices. The Linux-7k project is one of several projects to port Linux to some of the smallest member of the computer zoo. The projects started in spring '98. The first usable kernels for the Psion S5 and the Geofox One were available one year later. Today, Linux is suitable for everyday use on the Psion S5. The presentation will give a brief overview of the Psion S5 hardware, the project history and its status, typical consider-ations when porting Linux to this type of machine, and an outlook of future work in this area.

F22 - 10.40-11.10 High Availability Solutions on Linux

Speaker: Anders Karlsson, Consultant, Cendio Systems AB. Cendio Systems is the leading competence center for Linux and Open Source Software in Sweden. They work in the business areas Network Security, Embedded Systems and Systems Integration.

Linux has in the last year taken a number of steps towards enterprise computing. The latest is software support for failover and other techniques for reaching high availability. We will give an overview over the current Open Source software for high availability. We will also present a recent customer case where extremely high availability was required and where Linux was the chosen platform.

F23 - 11.10-11.40 Internationalization in UNIX and Linux

Speaker: Keld Simonsen, RAP A/S. Keld has been involved with UNIX since 1979 and the Internet since 1983; he is the editor of a number of ISO standards on i18n and has written many locales and charmaps for UNIX uses.

Keld will talk about Internationalization (i18n) in UNIX and Linux, including the standards governing this and recent developments in the standardization area.

F24 - 11.40-12.15 Using UNIX to Avoid Programming under Windows

Speaker: Lars Hamrén, Svensk Datorutveckling, has been a programmer for nearly 25 years. He is currently developing a multi-platform camera surveillance system for the Swedish marine. His academic background includes Electrical Engineering at Lund Institute of Technology and Computer Science at Lund University.

Developing software for Win32 need not mean either developing software on Win32, or developing using Win32-centric tools or libraries. Instead, multi-platform tools and libraries can be used.

With UNIX programmers, the enthusiasm for their platform is often matched only by their dislike for Windows. Forcing them to write Win32 programs will likely lead to job dissatisfaction, low productivity and poor quality. However, platform independence makes it possible to develop software on the preferred platform and then porting to the other with little or no effort.

In this paper, three approaches to platform independence will be examined: platform-independent libraries, self-contained platforms, and compatibility libraries.