Since I started with my first Linux installation as an appropriate file server platform more than 10 years ago, Linux has grown to an enjoyable operating system and software platform. During my study of computer science it mostly fitted me as a flexible platform for research and development. When I was working as a Linux engineer for our university’s HPC cluster I collected a lot of experience in Linux system configuration, integration and debugging. I feel that the more I know about it, the more interesting it gets and the more possibilities open up. Sometimes it’s therefore hard to not loose the path which will finally lead to technological enlightment… 😉
My favourite OS is Gentoo Linux. It perfectly suits my need on the desktop, but I also like to use it for customized virtualization and Internet server installations. But as a Linux engineering guy, my interest goes also into many other distributions. Of course I also very enjoy to work with Debian Linux and admire its unique community effort. Lately I had the occasion of working a lot with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which is a perfect fit, if you don’t want or can’t go too deep into system customization.
To not forget about my sometimes clumsy Linux setups, I made a public readable wiki of many of my notes. It mainly summarizes and collects some Linux configuration examples and includes some (in the meantime a bit outdated) hints about Xen as a Linux virtualization solution.
Generally, I hope to gather some interesting IT and Linux stories and developments in this blog. If you have some questions or comments please leave me a comment or send a mail to reto.gantenbein of linuxmonk.ch.
In case you are reading my command-line examples in the articles you should know that strictly following my procedure may not always lead to success. It is often depending on the program version and environment of your system. Please make sure that you’ve looked through the man-page and you know what a command does before you run it. Don’t do it on a productive system if you’re unsure. I won’t take any responsibility if you’re machine goes to hell…