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NYLUG - New York Linux Users Group Message Board › sysadmin challenges, anybody?

sysadmin challenges, anybody?

A former member
Post #: 1
Could we have some sysadmin challenge events? So I'm kind of new to NYLUG, but have been attending other meetups in the city and thought this could be some type of fun event.

I've noticed in the programming meetups, people have interesting isolated problems to solve, like with http://pythonchalleng...­ and http://projecteuler.n...­ . The security related meetups have stuff like http://io.smashthesta...­ and https://stripe.com/bl...­ . What exists for sys admins?

I came across this thread yesterday; https://bbs.archlinux...­

It's pretty interesting. In it, a guy is trying to upgrade a 20-month old Arch Linux installation to the latest and greatest. For those of you that don't use Arch, it's a rolling release -- i.e. all changes are live. Something along the lines of debian unstable/sid. So the guy encounters a bunch of problems along the way. Stuff has changed significantly in Arch in just 20 months. It's some intense stuff.

I think this or something like it would be a neat challenge for a few folks. Maybe something like upgrading an old installation of a rolling-release (or otherwise) linux distro to the latest version? A different task could work too, like migrating data from a corrupt disk image to a fresh image of another partition. Or whatever. Something simple, isolated, and verifiable. That is, a known set of solutions would exist in advance. And it doesn't have to be Arch Linux either.

I'd be up for the challenge. And it would give me a way to sharpen my weak sysadmin skills, too.

I haven't googled to see if other sysadmin challenges exist. It only makes sense that they exist, but I kind of live on the programming side of things and see that kind of limelight more often.
Brian G.
user 3018762
Group Organizer
New York, NY
Post #: 25
Great idea. Perhaps for one of our workshops? As for what the challenge would be, I leave ideas for that to the room. :)

-Brian
A former member
Post #: 2
So I'm so green with NYLUG that I haven't even been to a workshop yet. But sure, I'll try it out at one.
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