About Brian Bartholomew

Brian Bartholomew has been a Unix system administrator for 25 years. The first system he was responsible for ran SCO Xenix on a Compaq desktop machine running a 286 (not a 386). This supported 6 users using vi on terminals and compiling C in 6 Megabytes of memory. Since then the major systems he has administered include SunOS 4.1.x on Motorola and SPARC, Interactive and BSDI on Intel, Slackware on Intel, gentoo on Sun SPARC and Dell Intel, and Ubuntu 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, and 14 on Dell Intel.

About half his time has been in the commercial world in Boston, and half at the University of Florida. The Boston experience included supporting financial trading floors for large mutual fund firms and banks; a startup ISP at a time when customers were moving from dialup to ISDN and 56k frame relay; a company with a hundred developers building a custom non-Intel Linux computer to route IP at cell phone sites, for which he was build master and version control repairman; and a variety of others. The university experience included supporting two departments of mathematicians, both theoretical and applied, and machines under the PeopleSoft enterprise accounting system.

His interest in version control of running Unix systems started innocently enough in 1990. At that time rdist was the network incremental filesystem copy tool of choice, there was no low-cost SQL database available and no low-cost version control software that worked. The first version of the dist program appeared in 1994, written in perl 4. A Linux Journal article appeared in 1997, which featured his versioned filesystem implemented as a user space NFS server talking to PostGres. His interest in version controlling running Unix machines has never flagged, and became a career specialty.

In addition to supporting Host Factory, Brian is available for software development and integration work that leverages his system administration background. He can write manual pages or book sized documentation, make sure your compilation and installation scripts work on a freshly-loaded machine, create portability to other CPUs, and otherwise advance a prototype to release.


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