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Colin Ian King

Before I started some analysis on benchmarking various popular file systems on Linux I was recommended to read "Systems Performance: Enterprise  and the Cloud" by Brendan Gregg.

In today's modern server and cloud based systems the multi-layered complexity can make it hard to pin point performance issues and bottlenecks. This book is packed full useful analysis techniques covering tracing, kernel internals, tools and benchmarking.

Critical to getting a well balanced and tuned system are all the different components, and the book has chapters covering CPU optimisation (cores, threading, caching and internconnects),  memory optimisation (virtual memory, paging, swapping, allocators, busses),  file system I/O, storage, networking (protcols, sockets, physical connections) and typical issues facing cloud computing.

The book is full of very useful examples and practical instructions on how to drill down and discover performance issues in a system and also includes some real-world case studies too.

It has helped me become even more focused on how to analyse performance issues and consider how to do deep system instrumentation to be able to understand where any why performance regressions occur.

All-in-all, a most systematic and well written book that I'd recommend to anyone running large complex servers and cloud computing environments.






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Inayaili León

Good Ubuntu books?

A few weeks ago we received a copy of the “No Starch Press” book “Ubuntu Made Easy”, by Rickford Grant with Phil Bull.

Ubuntu Made Easy book cover

The book’s main goal – which we fully approve of! – is to introduce Ubuntu to newcomers by taking readers through the various projects, with step-by-step instructions which demonstrate how to do things on Ubuntu, from the more basic to the more advanced tasks.

We think this is a great resource for anyone who’s thinking of delving into the Ubuntu world – highly recommended!

Are there any other books or resources that you’d recommend to someone who’s just new to Ubuntu? We’d like to hear your thoughts.

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Inayaili León

Design Is a Job

In the past few weeks I’ve been trying to catch up with all the reading that I haven’t been doing in the past few months. One of the books in my to-read pile that I was particularly eager to read was Mike Monteiro’s “Design Is a Job”, published by A Book Apart. I was not disappointed.

Mike writes about what he has learned throughout his career, running his own design studio, and giving precious insight on subjects such as giving feedback, client interaction, getting paid, and working with other people.

I think this is a book of particular relevance to any designer as it explains in a very clear and concise way why and how we should stand up for ourselves, stop blaming everyone else around us for the things that are our responsibility and, in the process, do better work.

Here are a few of my favourite quotes:

“You can roll your eyes at how much they don’t understand about design or you can roll up your sleeves and begin practicing your craft by helping them clarify what they need.”

“When people get anxious they fall back into the terrible habits that make up their comfort places. And, by definition, problem solving and innovation don’t happen in our comfort places.”

“Being scared is generally a good sign that you’re doing the right thing.”

At the risk of copying and pasting the entire book into this post, I’ll stop now and let you find out more for yourself.

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John Pugh

Things are really ramping up with submissions into the Ubuntu Software Center. With a app per day being submitted, the packaging team is getting busy keeping up with the cool applications arriving!

TRAUMA is likely the most interesting new submission. Very unique. You are in the mind of a traumatized young woman as she has just been in a car accident. You experience her dreams in a interactive way.

Check out the trailer:

Buy TRAUMA from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Books and Magazines

We also added some magazines to the mix. Several recent issues of Ubuntu User magazine by Linux New Media are available on the Software Center. You can find the most recent issues up through Ubuntu User issue #9 which has a section dedicated to Ubuntu 11.04 and Unity. Keep your eyes peeled for book titles about Linux and Ubuntu arriving soon.

Photobomb

Another really interesting title recently released is called Photobomb. It’s described as a “Easy and Social Image Editor”. It’s like a mashup tool for your images. Pretty slick and at $2.99 it’s a cinch to check out. Go buy it and provide some feedback today.

We have some very cool submissions pending the packaging process in the queue. Thanks to all of our interested developers out there we have officially backed up the packaging team! Don’t worry though…we’ll soon work through that backlog and have a lot of new and interesting titles showing up regularly in the software center.

Check them out, provide some feeback, and even submit more!
To submit a new application go to https://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com

And one last thing – keep your eye out for the updated developer.ubuntu.com website coming in early October!

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John Pugh

Things are really ramping up with submissions into the Ubuntu Software Center. With a app per day being submitted, the packaging team is getting busy keeping up with the cool applications arriving!

TRAUMA is likely the most interesting new submission. Very unique. You are in the mind of a traumatized young woman as she has just been in a car accident. You experience her dreams in a interactive way.

Check out the trailer:

Buy TRAUMA from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Books and Magazines

We also added some magazines to the mix. Several recent issues of Ubuntu User magazine by Linux New Media are available on the Software Center. You can find the most recent issues up through Ubuntu User issue #9 which has a section dedicated to Ubuntu 11.04 and Unity. Keep your eyes peeled for book titles about Linux and Ubuntu arriving soon.

Photobomb

Another really interesting title recently released is called Photobomb. It’s described as a “Easy and Social Image Editor”. It’s like a mashup tool for your images. Pretty slick and at $2.99 it’s a cinch to check out. Go buy it and provide some feedback today.

We have some very cool submissions pending the packaging process in the queue. Thanks to all of our interested developers out there we have officially backed up the packaging team! Don’t worry though…we’ll soon work through that backlog and have a lot of new and interesting titles showing up regularly in the software center.

Check them out, provide some feeback, and even submit more!
To submit a new application go to https://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com

And one last thing – keep your eye out for the updated developer.ubuntu.com website coming in early October!

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Colin Ian King

The Git Community Book

The Git Community Book (maintained by Scott Chacon) is an excellent resource to help one learn how to use the Git version control system quickly and with minimal pain. The book includes a Git introduction, First Time use instructions, Basic Usage tutorial through to Advanced Git usage and also describes the internals and plumbing of Git too.

The book is available as browsable web pages or as a PDF too. Most excellent!


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