Open Source sysadmins

December 5, 2004

You know, what the Open Source world needs is more sysadmins. I spend an incredible percentage of the time I can devote to Open Source on the kinds of chores that would be trivial for a good sysadmin — figuring out email problems, installing the same stuff over and over on unstandardized systems, user management, etc. — instead of the things I’m actually good at, whatever those are. There are also advanced systems administration tasks that I’m sure I don’t even know exist, much less find myself capable of doing. I’ve been lucky in my paid career to have worked with Ops guys who blow me away with their hard work and ingenuity, and I very much miss them on the Open Source side.

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