What’s this all about?

Every blog needs a first post, and this is it!

What’s the scope of this blog?
Very broadly, the intention is that this blog will fill up with information about Unix and Linux at the University of Bristol.

“It’s all just unix”
We’re hoping to post about cool stuff we’re working on, interesting unix related topics we’re thinking about, talks we’ve seen, and a place to sharing current practice, evolve best practice etc.  The blog is being driven by members of the Virtual Unix Team so will hopefully feature articles from unix/linux administrators around the university, giving a broad range of content.

Unix and Linux use at the University of Bristol is very varied[1], but at the end of the day, it’s all just a slightly different spin on unix so it’s all on topic here!

Local community support
The other purpose of this blog is to pull together (and advertise!) the various sources of community support for linux systems.  We’ve written a first pass at a page about these here: https://unix.bris.ac.uk/resources-for-sysadmins it’ll be expanded as things change, and we’re open to feedback about it, so if you know of a source of support that’s not listed, please let us know!

[1] Off the top of my head I can think of systems running Solaris, RedHat Enterprise, Debian, CenOS, Ubuntu, Scientific Linux, Gentoo, SuSE, FreeBSD, NetBSD…

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About Paul Seward

Paul is a Linux sysadmin looking after the servers behind the ResNet and eduroam networks, and the main campus DNS infrastructure at the University of Bristol. He's been using unix of one flavour or another for more than 2 decades, and is still constantly surprised by useful commands he didn't know existed.