Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 21:38:52 -0700 From: Sean Reifschneider <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Report Images at http://www.tummy.com/reports/LinuxWorld99/ LinuxWorld Day 1 March 1, 1999 There were a lot of people attending tutorials today, though because of the size of the San Jose Mcerny Convention Center, there weren't any crowds. Sean and I checked into the speaker's lounge after running into Liz Coolbaugh and Jon Corbet of Eklektix who are also presenting here. I don't know if it is common for speakers to be so well taken care of but IDG has gone all out. I attended two half-day tutorials Monday. The first "Linux Security for System Administrators" by Jim Dennis was very well attended, about 350 people. Jim is well known as The Answer Guy in Linux Gazette. Most of the participants were experienced Unix administrators so the presentation was well received. The audience also seemed to be very well versed in the ins and outs of the status of various packages. One audience member commented on the change in maintainer of the SSL package from SSLeay to OpenSSL. Jim Dennis was quite knowledgeable about the various types of attacks, and the ways to protect your network. He stressed at several points the importance of desiging a security policy which made sense in light of the type of data and services you need to protect. He suggested using "Liability" as the keyword to get more money from your management to protect sensitive data if it is likely that you would have the threat of a lawsuit if it got out. The other tutorial I atteneded was Jon Corbet's Linux System Administration in a Large Network Environment. I really enjoyed this talk. It was well organized and thoughtful with clear principles to keep in mind as you start designing networks. For example, he stressed at several points the importance of good names for network services based on the type of service provided rather than the location of a particular service. For example, he suggested using "marketing" rather than "George" because it is very likely that services for marketing will change location over time, and it is easier to move services independant of computer names. He also stressed the importance of scripting every task you are likely to perform more than once. This is a good idea not only because you will save time performing the tasks, but also because the tasks will be done in a consistant way. Jon and Liz are going to be offering open registration classes for Linux systems administrators in Boulder this spring, and I must recommend them after this presentation. System administration is often taught by apprenticeship. This is an opportunity to pick your expert to apprentice with. The other major event of yesterday evening was the Speakers and Exhibitors reception at the Fairmont Hotel. We chatted with Michael Johnson of Red Hat, Kit Cosper of Linux Hardware Solutions, and Jon and Dennis of Eklektix. Other Linux notables in attendance: Chris di Bona and Leonard Zubkoff of VA Research, Eric Raymond of the Cathedral and the Bazaar (sans Obi robe), and Evan Leibovitch. One thing that suprised me was how few of the Kernel hackers and Application project leaders were there. This conference is definately a very commercial project, and there was only some reaching out to non-profit projects. LinuxWorld has booked the San Jose convention center twice a year for the next four years, and we can only hope that they do a better job of including all parts of the Linux community. Sean won't have many comments on yesterday, as he spent the day in the Speaker's lounge working on the Python presentation we're giving on Tuesday. Evelyn Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org of computer names.