I recently got a call from a friend in Amman, Jordan who said the very large web site he manages needs a Linux system administrator. But guess what, they can’t find a single Linux sysadmin in the entire country. With plenty of Linux desktop users around, I’m starting to wonder if anyone wants to learn how to use chkconfig.
The next problem that I’m starting to sense deals with a lack of standards. A client company in Dallas-Ft. Worth (my hometown) demonstrates a global condition. A Linux system administrator goes to work and builds a nice application for this media company. He sets up the system and then like many Linux sysadmins decides he can’t stand seeing Windows XP on the desktops and in film editing bays. So he leaves.
The server needs maintenance and someone to show the users how to back up the considerable data on the server. So, we get a system admin over to the client to help out. He finds a kluge of workarounds, experiments with software raids, deprecated libraries and so on. We can’t figure out how the previous Linux guy did what he did. Of course, our predecessor left no documentation.
You got it: We mounted the file system, compressed the data files and moved them to a Win32 server. Then we install a new Linux operating system, build the data management application again and transport the data back to the server. This time, the system has documentation and a record of what we did.
Plenty of companies experience similar outcomes. Linux sounds like a good idea (and it is) but Linux slobs leave their IT departments and a mess no one can figure out. It’s not giving us a good rap, friends.
We even found a system where the sysadmin rewrote the entire init system. Try coming along after that.
Hey, I love Linux and will always advocate its use. But, I hate slobs and the arrogance in the community.
Now, I expect lots of trash in the comment section from people in denial. All I can say is to stay in denial, remember to voice your opinion that Microsoft will fail and Linux already rules. How about this: “in your dreams”.