Kyle is Interviewed

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 8:19 am on Thursday, October 1, 2009

kyle rankin Official Ubuntu Server Book

iSeries 400 has an interview with Kyle about his book, The Official Ubuntu Server Book.

They ask him technical questions that sound complicated. A sample:

In chapter three, “Package Management,” you mention that packaging is usually done by distributions such as Ubuntu. However, users of distributions and software vendors can also create packages. Can you explain why a user or vendor would create a package instead of letting distributions do the work?

Generally speaking I advocate that users stick with distribution packages whenever possible. When you manage any significant amount of servers one of the most valuable things you can have is consistency and stability. The moment you build your own package, you lose many of the advantages you get when hundreds or thousands of people are hammering away on the same exact package. But, sometimes a system administrator might want either a cutting edge version of a program that hasn’t been packaged yet or wants to add custom features that don’t exist in the standard package. While that can be risky, it is one reason why people build their own packages. A less risky reason is if you have your own set of custom scripts or programs that you want to deploy. While many administrators might just copy scripts to servers by hand, if you build them into a package you can take advantage of the packaging infrastructure you already have in place which makes revision tracking, automated deployment, and a number of other things easier.

Read the rest of the interview here!

Kyle Gives A(nother) Speech

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 8:53 am on Thursday, September 10, 2009

Kyle Rankin on His Career in Linux Networking from Sam Bowne on Vimeo.

This is a video of the speech Kyle gave last night at City College San Francisco. It is about how to be a Linux System Administrator.

Kyle is 30 Today

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 6:20 am on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Happy birthday! I love you!

Kyle Dislikes Twitter, in Printform

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 1:55 pm on Monday, July 13, 2009

In other Kyle news, he has been writing a column with Bill Childers in Linux Journal for awhile now. The column is called Point/Counterpoint, where they talk about opposing sides of different geeky topics. In the most recent column, they talk about Twitter. Bill likes it, Kyle does not. An excerpt:

Bill: Okay, I get that you’re annoyed. But admit it, you’re still judging without fully understanding.

Kyle: What’s there to understand? People read text; people occasionally reply to text. You get into a group with certain people and all of them see what you write and (potentially) vice versa.

Bill: The difference is the audience is broader. Broader than arguably a blog. You could use it as a good marketing tool, if you quit judging.

Bill: But noooo, just go ahead and sit in your tower, and pout.

Ouch! Read the rest here.

Kyle’s Next Book Out July 27

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 8:16 am on Friday, July 10, 2009

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Kyle’s newest book, The Official Ubuntu Server Book, will be out July 27. I am very excited about this one. He worked with Benjamin Mako Hill, one of Ubuntu’s founders. Prentice Hall is publishing the book. It will be Kyle’s sixth book and his first one with Prentice Hall. Hurrah!

Ubuntu is a distribution of Linux. The book goes over how to use it on servers. Or, according to Amazon:

The authors cover Ubuntu Server from start to finish: installation, basic administration and monitoring, security, backup, troubleshooting, system rescue, and much more. They walk through deploying each of the most common server applications, from file and print services to state-of-the-art, cost-saving virtualization.

In addition, you’ll learn how to

* Make the most of Ubuntu Server’s latest, most powerful technologies
* Discover easy, fast ways to perform key administration tasks
* Automate Ubuntu installs, no matter how many servers you’re installing
* Quickly set up low-cost web servers and email
* Protect your server with Ubuntu’s built-in and optional security tools
* Minimize downtime with fault tolerance and clustering
* Master proven, step-by-step server and network troubleshooting techniques
* Walk through rescuing an Ubuntu server that won’t boot

Kyle!

7 Years

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 8:44 am on Monday, June 22, 2009

Kyle Rankin in Puerto Rico

Happy anniversary!

I like you.

Kyle to Write the Official Ubuntu Server Book

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 7:04 am on Monday, September 22, 2008

Kyle is going to be writing a new book in the next couple of months. It will be the Official Ubuntu Server Book, published by Prentice Hall in late spring/early summer. He is co-writing the book with Benjamin Mako Hill, one of the developers of Ubuntu and an adviser on the One Laptop Per Child project.

The book is due in March, meaning that Kyle’s going to be writing up a storm between now and then. I told him that if he can write a 400-page book in five months, I guess there’s no excuse for me not to finish my novel–if for no other reason than I would like to move on with my life.

Sounds like we have a busy fall and winter ahead of us.

UPDATE: Kyle appeared on Linux Journal Live last night. Take a look.

Kyle’s Google Talk

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 8:55 am on Friday, April 11, 2008

Yesterday, Kyle was invited to speak at Google about remastering Knoppix. Here is a video of his speech.

If you have used Knoppix long enough, you have probably eventually decided you would like to tweak it to add a setting or package. Most people resort to the full remastering process–uncompressing and changing the loopback file system–and are faced with a complicated, time-consuming process. In this talk Kyle Rankin will discuss a number of different methods you can use to change Knoppix’s default behavior while bypassing the compressed loopback file system

Also, Kyle is handsome!

Kyle Speaks, Again!

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 10:25 am on Saturday, April 5, 2008

Kyle will be speaking:

at Google on Thursday, April 10
at Penguicon at the end of April
at LinuxWorld next August.

… and possibly others.

I probably won’t go to any of these talk. For one thing, two of them cost money to get into. For another, watching Kyle speak makes me a nervous wreck. I really can’t stand it. I get empathetically nervous or something. In fact, I get more nervous for Kyle when he is about to speak than I would be if I were going to give the speech. It’s silly because he is an excellent speaker. Still… yikes.

Kyle is also writing a column for Linux Journal. This month, he wrote about PXE Magic: Flexible Network Booting with Menus . Doesn’t that sound important?

UPDATE: Kyle has published another article for TechTarget called Stop server monitoring tools from crying wolf.

Kyle Interviewed in Linux Insider

Filed under: Kyle Rankin — joy at 1:19 pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Kyle was interviewed for an article published in Linux Insider. In it, Kyle talks about the next distribution of Ubuntu, which is coming out in the near future. After all, Kyle co-wrote Ubuntu Hacks.

Famous husband!

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