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LinuxPlanet: Linux Makes Automation, Infrastructure Strides

Jan 21, 2003, 19:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"There is an interesting irony in the technology that surrounds us. Tools that have been built by the human race are so advanced that they are no longer able to be controlled and operated by those same bipedal creatures with the cool opposable thumbs. One company is introducing some new technology that will let Linux handle these enormous and complex tasks.

"A lot of technology has become bigger than us, it seems. We could not manually operate the thousands of different switches it takes to establish a phone call to our Uncle Poindexter in Bippus, Indiana. We could not manually tune the satellite dish frequencies necessary to bring in the latest episode of Six Feet Under bouncing off a piece of metal hundreds of miles over our head. It's simply too much to handle.

"None of this is news to many of us, but it is not something we think about on a daily basis. We turn the light on and expect the power to be there. Seldom is much thought given to how that power gets there. Unless you work for the power company. Or the company that designs the software running on the power company's computers..."

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