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Linux, Unix, LPARs, Oh my!

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I remember it like it was yesterday, my first day at First National Technology Solutions (FNTS).  Coming from the credit card processing industry I was excited to learn about IT and managed services.  I attended the Monday morning staff meeting and about 10 minutes into it, I suddenly wondered to myself, "are they speaking English?"  What is this LPAR, OS, Unix, Linux verbiage and what does it mean? And words I thought I knew the meaning of, don't mean the same in the world of IT.  

  • Cassandra: a name of a person right?  WRONG!  It is a type of NoSQL database, highly scalable and designed to handle large amounts of data across many commodity servers, providing high availability with no single point of failure. 
  • Red Hat: something you wear on your head?  Actually Red Hat is a enterprise Linux operating system, who knew?
  • Penguin: an aquatic, flightless bird found in Antarctica, AND it is also the official mascot of the Linux kernel and his name is Tux
  • Swagger: an arrogant way of walking, or so I thought.  In the IT world it is a popular framework for calling API's and if you want to know more check out this blog.

These are just a few examples of the complexity of the English language and the many meanings behind each word.  I would love to hear more examples, so please share them below!