About me





Welcome to my technical blog where I write mostly technical articles and posts about Linux and open source software.

I have been in the IT industry for nearly 50 years. I am an Open Source Software and GNU/Linux advocate, trainer, writer, and speaker. I have been working with Linux and Open Source Software for almost 25 years. I am a strong proponent of and evangelist for the “Linux Philosophy for System Administrators.” I have been in the IT industry for over forty years.

I worked at IBM for 21 years and, while working as a Course Development Representative in Boca Raton, FL, in 1981, I wrote the training course for the first IBM PC. I have taught RHCE classes for Red Hat and also worked at MCI Worldcom, Cisco, and the State of North Carolina. In most of the places I have worked since leaving IBM in 1995, I have taught classes on Linux ranging from Lunch’n’Learns to full five day courses. Helping others learn about Linux and open source software is one of my great pleasures.

I prefer to purchase the components and build my own computers from scratch to ensure that each new computer meets my exacting specifications. My primary workstation is an ASUS TUF X299 motherboard and an Intel i9 CPU with 16 cores (32 CPUs) and 64GB of RAM in a ThermalTake Core X9 case.

I have written articles for magazines including, Linux Magazine, Linux Journal. My article “Complete Kickstart,” co-authored with a colleague at Cisco, was ranked 9th in the Linux Magazine Top Ten Best System Administration Articles list for 2008. I currently write prolifically for OpenSource.com and Enable SysAdmin.

I currently have one book published, “The Linux Philosophy for SysAdmins.” I am now working to finish my next project, “Using and Administering Linux: Zero to SysAdmin, a self-study training course in three volumes that is scheduled for release in late 2019. All of my books are published by Apress.

If you don’t find what you need here, send me your questions to the email address below. I will respond with an answer if there is one and I can find it; I will also add that information to the DataBook web site so that others may use it as well.

I also have a web site dedicated to more personal things, such as my books and general technical blogging, http://www.both.org/. If you are looking for information about my books and other writings, you are much more likely to find them there.

I can be reached at LinuxGeek46@both.org or on Twitter @LinuxGeek46.