4 Jan 2002
(updated 4 Jan 2002 at 18:57 UTC) »
This is my first time playing out with Advogato; I figured
I'd check it out and post a little about myself.
I'm a long-time Linux user who works for an open-source
company developing network management
software (in Java, which I initially had grave
reservations about, but have since learned to like it's
advantages). I hold a sort of jack-of-all-trades job,
doing system administration, building workstations,
managing the mailing lists, and, most importantly,
handling build and change management for OpenNMS.
Our company seems to have an open-source business
model that is actually working. We have 2 different
sources of income.
- Service and support on our open-source product.
- Creating an "appliance" using OpenNMS for
turnkey network management for small
We've gotten a few support contracts, and more
coming in; we've actually exceeded our projections of
resellers signing up for our appliance offering, and are
working our way towards being profitable.
I've recently gotten an iBook, with the
intent to put Linux on it, and
maybe play with OSX a little. I have since fallen in love
with OSX, and the Linux partition has gone away.
I'm now doing a lot of tinkering with Fink, a
"distribution" for OSX.
I'm still learning the political and technical ins and outs
of building and packaging on OSX, but I hope to
someday be of assistance in that regard, and package
up OpenNMS as well.