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Happy SysAdmin Day 2014! Over the past three weeks we've been profiling the Linux Foundation's heroic team of system administrators in honor of the amazing work they do behind the scenes to keep this organization and our collaborative projects humming. Here are some of their best quotes, which highlight just how talented, passionate and also fun-loving Linux SysAdmins really are.

The Linux Foundation is honoring some of its very own SysAdmins in celebration of SysAdmin Day 2014 by profiling them here on Linux.com. 

Quorum joins the aaS crowd with DRaaS offering

Disaster recovery company Quorum uses a customer’s second site or its own cloud site to provide the user with backup and DR location for physical and virtualised server customers, and claims one-click recovery through its on-site onQ appliances.

Issue 187, Summer 2014 - on sale now Escape Windows

This month we show you how to escape Windows for good with a foolproof guide to installing Linux. Enjoy the power and freedom of the world/'s greatest operating system, with a safe and secure back up guide. We/'ll also show you how to dual-boot to keep all your existing files and programs.

Also this issue we/'ll show you how to master WINE to emulate Windows games and programs in Linux

Discover how to run and install your own virtual private server and use a Raspberry Pi to build and host a wiki server.

As usual we also have top-notch coding tutorials, the latest reviews and more, only in Linux Format.


On the DVD: Linux starter kit: all the distros and tools you need to make the switch! Includes Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Mint 17 and SystemRescueCD, plus HotPicks, tutorial code and more.

 

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Analysis What do you mean, we've ditched Redmond in favour of IBM?!

Freetards are elated: Call-me-Dave’s people in the Cabinet Office have done the right thing and backed the Open Document Format as the default government file format.

The first point release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS has been made available for download.

The post Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS Released, 12.04 Users See Upgrade Prompt first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Eric Searcy is the IT Infrastructure Manager at the Linux Foundation. Here he tells us how he got started as a sysadmin and at the Linux Foundation, describes his typical day at work, and shares his favorite sysadmin tools, among other things.

Happy SysAdmin Day! This profile is part of a series on Linux Foundation system administrators over the past three weeeks. Do you have a super-hero sysadmin you'd like to recognize? Send your nomination to editors@linux.com by the end of the day today, July 25, and enter them to win a free ticket to LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America taking place in Chicago August 20-22, 2014. (See the full contest announcement for more details.)

Aric Gardner is a Linux Foundation SysAdmin who works on the OpenDaylight collaborative project. Here he tells the story of how became a sysadmin, shares his specialty in scripting and automation, and describes a typical day at work, among other things.

How long have you been a sys admin?

Aric Gardner: Since 2008. I have what may be an inspiring story about becoming a sysadmin. I had just moved to Montreal, with my then pregnant girlfriend. I was 22 and was working mostly odd jobs unloading shipping containers. My friend had given me his old computer and, let me tell you, Windows XP was not running well. Later that day, I was at the local cafe and I saw an Ubuntu live CD. When I got home I popped it in and was sucked into a world that has yet to spit me out. Three years later on the mlug, Evan Prodromou was looking for a sysadmin for his new startup, identi.ca. I hit the books and taught myself the basics of running a Nagios server. A few weeks later, I met him for an interview, told him I was green but willing, and he took me on. That moment really changed my life. My first task was to create the very Nagios server that would enslave me (happily) for the next three years. A big thanks to the anonymous member of the Linux community that left those live CD's at my cafe, and to Evan for giving me the opportunity to prove myself.

When did you start at the Linux Foundation and how did you get the job?

April 2014. I was working for eNovance and got headhunted by Konstantin. tsk. tsk.

What do you do for the Linux Foundation? What's your speciality?

I'm new here so other than learning the ropes, I've been making myself useful by migrating OpenDaylight's build infrastructure to Rackspace.

I don't like graphical interfaces or repetitive tasks (I know, typical), so I've become good at scripting and automating as much of my job as possible. So far I have scripts that grab snmp passwords and add new machines to our cacti servers, create and populate new puppet manifest, generate and distribute ssh keys for rsyncs, and probably a few others I'm forgetting. Just things that make my day more interesting.

Will you describe a typical day at work for you?

Lately, I've been creating custom machines for Rackspace (their images don't have SELinux) puppetizing them and then migrating existing Jenkins systems on to them. I try to leave something hanging from the day before so that I can hook into the that task and ramp up productivity as soon as I'm done with my first coffee. Barring that, I check the ticket queue and then my weekdone to see if anything is hanging. Since I'm new here I still have a lot of questions, so I also spend a good deal of time on IRC bugging tykeal (Andy).

What's your favorite part of the job/ thing to do and why?

I like to joke around with my coworkers to feel funny, and write scripts to feel clever. I just want to be loved.

A more serious answer is text processing, basically taking output and making it input to remove the teduim from my job.

What is your nightmare scenario? How have you prepared for it?

Oh boy. Clicking the wrong box on a graphical user interface with dire consequences. I try to avoid using them when I can.

What is your favorite sysadmin tool and how do you use it?

Just the regular tool belt. I like to pimp my vim, I recommend using pathogen to load up at least neocomplcache and syntastic, snip mate can be great as well. I'm also a big fan of awk, and writing good bash. If you want to up your game I really recommend this page. http://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashGuide

The guide is made by the wizards who hang out in #bash on freenode.

What's your favorite story about working at the Linux Foundation?

Hmm, not sure. I don't have too many stories. Ask me after August's LinuxCon in Chicago.

What do you do for fun, in your spare time?

Weekly I play ice hockey, ride my bike and check out my friends' shows in the local comedy scene. The overall theme of my life is more geared towards spending time on the Ottawa River and trying to tame the wild hearts of my children.

Read more about the Linux Foundation's system administrators:

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Eric Searcy Lives By Regex

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Clint Savage Reminisces on Weeklong Hackfest

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Konstantin Ryabitsev, an SELinux Expert

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Michael Halstead's IT Career Started at Age 15

Linux Foundation SysAdmin Andy Grimberg Loves New Tech and Snowboarding

To Linux Foundation SysAdmin Ryan Day, Elegance is the Best Tool

Andrew Grimberg is the primary administrator for the OpenDaylight Project's infrastructure. In this Q&A he describes his typical day at work, his love for learning new technologies and for snowboarding, and his favorite sysadmin tool, Vim.