Learn, shop, gawk at LinuxWorld San Francisco

* What you'll see at LinuxWorld San Francisco

The summer edition of LinuxWorld takes place next week at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center. Linux pros on the West Coast, or those heading there should find plenty at the show to keep them entertained and enlightened.

Show-goers interested in Linux certification will have the chance to take free Linux certification tests from the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). On Thursday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m., anyone registered at the show will be able to take the LPI 101 exam for free - a test that usually costs around $100 to take. LPI 101 is the entry-level LPI certification exam, which tests for basic Linux administration and configuration knowledge.

Those heading to LinuxWorld can also expect plenty of new product announcements at the show. Among them will be a new dual-core 64-bit ADM Opteron blade server from Tatung. The blade, which runs on Tatung's TUD 4010OP blade server chassis, can be pre-configured with several flavors of Linux, such as Red Hat and SuSE. The dual-core design of the modules will allow users to run Linux servers with the same processing power as stand-alone boxes, but with less power consumption, which is key for blade server deployments.

One conference session that stands out in the planning guide is "Managing Linux in a Mixed Environment ... at Microsoft?" The session is scheduled to be led by Bill Hilf, Microsoft's director of platform technology strategy http://www.networkworld.com/news/2005/072705-microsoft-linux.html. A former Linux guru for IBM, Hilf now works at a Microsoft lab which researches how Linux and Windows can interoperate. He'll talk about the unique position of running a lab of Linux machines in Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus.

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