Top-line and Bottom-line Thinking

Top-line and Bottom-line Thinking

I’ve been lucky enough to have four major careers, and a bachelor’s degree that has nothing to do with any of them (LinkedIn), so I’ve been exposed to patterns that aren’t commonly seen by a single individual person. With each of my professional careers, there were different cultures, ways of thinking, complaints, etc, but one

Asking Other Teams to Do Something Really Hard

Asking Other Teams to Do Something Really Hard

Background There’s a common move with software teams; one team will ask another team to do something really hard so that the first team can do something really easy. Most of the time, we don’t even mean to do it. But, it causes a lot of stress and wastes a lot of time. It reminds

Linux Container Crisis Tools

Linux Container Crisis Tools

I want to highlight a great post by Brendan Gregg: Linux Crisis Tools. He does a walk through of a scenario that strikes me as very realistic, and brings back memories from my 15 years managing Linux servers. You can tell he has real-world sysadmin experience. I think that’s key for being a good thought

FOSDEM 2024: The State of Enterprise Linux 2024

FOSDEM 2024: The State of Enterprise Linux 2024

For years, I think many of us in the open source world assumed that we knew everything there was to know about open source, but the truth is, we’re all still learning. In the last couple of years, there have been some big changes in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) supply chain, often referred to as Enterprise Linux or EL for short. This talk will help people understand these changes year over year, and what the future might hold.

Ohio Linux Fest 2023: The State of Enterprise Linux 202

Ohio Linux Fest 2023: The State of Enterprise Linux 202

For years, I think many of us in the open source world assumed that we knew everything there was to know about open source, but the truth is, we’re all still learning. In the last couple of years, there have been some big changes in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) supply chain, often referred to as Enterprise Linux or EL for short. This talk will help people understand these changes year over year, and what the future might hold.

Developing a Healthy Community in CentOS Stream

Developing a Healthy Community in CentOS Stream

A little less than three years ago, Red Hat shifted focus in the CentOS project, from the downstream rebuild to the upstream called CentOS Stream. I wrote a heartfelt response to try and explain it better: Before You Get Mad About The CentOS Stream Change, Think About… That article seemed to help dispel some of

The State of Enterprise Linux in 2023

The State of Enterprise Linux in 2023

Introduction Are you a professional Linux Systems Administrator, Architect, or Site Reliability Engineer? Do you use Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or a derivative in the course of your work? Do you find it difficult to keep up with all of the changes that have been going on with RHEL in the last few

Container Plumbing Days 2023: The State of Open Containers: Innovation Through Standardization

Container Plumbing Days 2023: The State of Open Containers: Innovation Through Standardization

This presentation is a 16 slide introduction to what must be thought about when building a production cloud. Proper image management is critical engineering task.

BrightTalk 2022: Virtual US: Upgrading to RHEL 9 (and Beyond) with Containers

BrightTalk 2022: Virtual US: Upgrading to RHEL 9 (and Beyond) with Containers

This presentation is a 16 slide introduction to what must be thought about when building a production cloud. Proper image management is critical engineering task.

The State of Enterprise Linux in 2022

The State of Enterprise Linux in 2022

Background Recently, the Enterprise Linux (EL) supply chain has been pretty interesting. The announcement of CentOS Stream as an upstream for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in late 2020, the announcements of Alma Linux and Rocky Linux as downstream rebuilds, and the announcement of AWS Linux 2022 being built as a downstream of Fedora are