The team that wrote this redbook

This redbook was produced by a team of specialists that came from around the world to work together at the IBM International Technical Support Organization in Austin, Texas, in October and November of 2005.

Mark Brown is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Linux Technology Center in Austin, Texas. He is currently the technical lead for UNIX® to Linux porting efforts within the Linux Technology Center, and the IBM corporate representative to the IEEE POSIX and UNIX trademark standards working groups. Mark is a coauthor of the IEEE POSIX 1003.1 and 1003.2 specifications, as well as the Single UNIX Specification. His experience includes more than 20 years in UNIX and Linux operating system development, with an emphasis on C language libraries and ABIs.

Chuck Davis (CISSP-ISSAP) is a Security Architect for IBM Global Services. Chuck's responsibilities are to author and support the IBM global e-business UNIX security policies, write vulnerability tests for the IBM internal penetration testing application, and support the IBM internal host-based intrusion detection solution. Chuck has been a speaker at information security conferences worldwide. Prior to working for IBM, Chuck spent six years working in the Internet industry as a systems security administrator, webmaster, and Internet engineer. Chuck holds certifications from Sun Microsystems™, Cisco Systems, and (ISC)2.

William Dy has been a member of the Canadian IBM Information Technology Services Americas (formerly known as IBM Global Services) since late 1996. He has worked on various platforms, including Sun SPARC, HP RISC, IBM RS/6000® (now known as pSeries), and other smaller UNIX-based systems. His current main concentration is the Sun Solaris operating system, and he provides day-to-day operational support for various commercial outsourcing accounts in Canada, as well as some IBM internal servers. His interests include writing scripts and programs to automate specific tasks. He currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Paul Ionescu is a Senior IT Specialist working for IBM Global Services Romania. He has more than 10 years of Linux and 7 years of Sun Solaris systems administration experience focusing on networking and security. He is a Sun Certified System Administrator and Network Administrator for Solaris 9, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE), a Cisco Certified System Instructor, and a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), and holds several other Linux, networking, and security certifications. He is currently focused on network engineering projects for the ISP, telco, and banking industries, and is also helping customers migrate from other operating systems to the Linux OS. Paul joined IBM in 2000.

Jeff Richardson is an Advisory Software Engineer in the IBM Software Group Linux Integration Center. Jeff has a bachelor of arts degree in Computer Science from Saint Edward's University and is an IBM Certified Database Administrator for IBM DB2® UDB V8.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Microsoft® Windows®. Jeff has worked for IBM for more than 23 years. His first assignment was an OS/MVS and z/VM® system operator and analyst. Since then, he has worked with IBM Middleware products on different operating systems and hardware platforms in functional and system test teams. Jeff currently develops educational material and provides pre-sales technical support for IBM Middleware products running on xSeries, pSeries, and zSeries for Linux.

Kurt Taylor is a Senior Software Engineer at the IBM Linux Technology Center, located in Austin, Texas. Kurt is currently a Technical Team Leader for the Linux System Management Team. He has worked at IBM for 10 years, and has more than 17 years of industry experience architecting, designing, and developing distributed network and system management products. He is currently working with the OpenPegasus project and the OSDL Desktop Linux work group. Kurt graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science.

Robbie Williamson is an Advisory Software Engineer working in the IBM Linux Technology Center (LTC). He is currently the IBM @server Red Hat Linux Test Architect. Robbie has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and is completing his master's degree in Engineering Management from the University of Texas at Austin. He has more than seven years of UNIX/Linux experience, including IBM AIX® 5L™ technical support and testing, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX development, and Linux development and testing. He is also an open source project maintainer for the Linux Test Project.

Production of this IBM Redbook was managed by:

Chris Almond, an ITSO Project Leader and IT Architect based at the ITSO Center in Austin, Texas. In his current role, he specializes in managing content development projects focused on Linux and AIX 5L systems engineering. He has a total of 15 years of IT industry experience, including the last six with IBM.

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