How Was Linux Created? The Processes Behind Managing 13,500 Developers

You have probably used Linux today — especially if you don’t have an iPhone. And if you browsed the web today, there’s a big chance that the website you visited was served by Linux, too.

Linux is an operating system, but unlike software like Microsoft Windows and macOS, Linux was developed by a self-organized community of volunteers.

Over time, with the effort of over 10,000 developers and evolving processes to manage the scale of work, the Linux kernel has grown to over 20,000,000 lines of code in total. It forms the stable foundation for…

  • Every Android phone and tablet on the planet
  • 66% of the world’s servers
  • 100% of the top 500 supercomputers

This technology didn’t come from an orchestrated team with a thick policy book and layers of management. It came from a few carefully-chosen and culturally-embedded policies, and a shared mission.

In this post, I look at how a technology so essential, complex and important could have been produced so effectively without traditional management structure. But first…

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34 Linux Server Security Tips & Checklists for Sysadmins

Benjamin Brandall
March 21, 2018
IT

Linux (or Unix-like) software runs the majority of the world’s servers. This is owing to its incredible power, transparency, and customizability.

While Windows is built for the average home-officer, gamer, or grandparent — and comes with its own set of controls to stop these users destroying their operating systems — Linux enjoys a total lack of restrictions but also exposes the user to an incredible amount of complexity.

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6 Server Setup Checklists for Sysadmins (Apache, Ubuntu, Proxy, FTP, and More)

Benjamin Brandall
February 7, 2018
IT

How do you set up your servers? You probably just know how to, like it’s an instinct. But is it the absolute best way to do it? Are you leaving holes in your security, or forgetting to add users that desperately need access?

Or, look at it another way:

If you’re the only one who knows your server setup methods, how are you going to train your team? Processes are a solid basis for your business’ expansion as the question of how to do a task is answered automatically, in the clearest and most efficient way every time.

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