Month: December 2013

Yggdrasil Linux

yggdrasil_linux_bibleMy first experience with Linux was in the early to mid-90s with Yggdrasil Linux.  I picked up a book aptly titled “The Linux Bible” which had a CDROM inside the book jacket.  I thought it would be cool to install this onto my Packerd Bell 486-DX2.  At the time, the Packerd Bell PC had Windows 3.11.

Honestly, as I looked at the terminal prompt and browsed around the directories and listing the contents of all the files (mostly programs), I remember having a creepy thought about the operating system being “alive”, like it had a consciousness.  Yup weird.

I remember investing a lot of time week after week, month after month just looking at all the programs in /bin, /usr/bin, /sbin, /usr/sbin, /local/usr/bin, /local/usr/sbin and thinking to myself “what do you do?” while execing them with a childish curiosity.

For reference, I liken this to picking up an encyclopedia or dictionary and just flipping pages for the heck of it.  yggdrasil_linux-noodle-soupAlthough during this period in my life I would submit to you that I was living a meager lifestyle with a diet consisting of hotdogs and ramen-soup noodles.  I was poor with a mountain of debt and barely getting by on my own.  So you see I had plenty of time to learn something new and for self improvement.

I don’t think many folks have heard of Yggdrasil Linux.  That’s understandable since it looks like Yggdrasil Linux was published between 1992 and 1995.  This was still an early time for Linux.

Data Center Old and New Tech

data-center-smallLately as in the past month, especially over the holidays, I’ve immersed myself in data center challenges and the technologies that try to address these challenges.

Topics ranging from

  1. Physical infrastructure
  2. Virtual infrastructure (VMware, Contrail, Security, Orchestration)
  3. Network infrastructure (Fabrics and non-Fabrics)
  4. Storage performance (Disk-IOPS, Array-IOPS)
  5. Storage devices (DAS, NAS, SAN-Array)
  6. Storage backup (Physical and Virtual)

I’m running through some of this and it’s a refresher while other topics are cutting edge (ref: Contrail).  It’s been roughly two years and seven months since having direct-touch operational experience with some of the solution technologies above.  I believe a lot has evolved in this short time.  My travel on these topics is uphill as I don’t feel I’ve mastered anything other than an awareness of how much work lays ahead of me.

Why am I putting myself through such a bother revisiting these technologies (the old tech that is), because I don’t believe you can address a customer’s needs, that is position a solution, without first having a rich understanding of where they have been, where they are today, and where they want to be in the future.

Selling boxes is easy, addressing challenges and selling with appropriate solutions requires effort.

My .02-cents