Self Introduction: Jack Peirce

Jack Peirce JPeirce at
Fri Feb 18 20:40:14 UTC 2011


My name is Jack Peirce. I am currently a Linux Engineer at an OEM based out of Boston, but just recently moved to Colorado and am working for the same OEM from home. Working from home has added quite a bit of free time to my schedule, and being a avid Fedora user, I have become interested in becoming a contributer. About half of my workload at the OEM was writing ISO documentation for day-to-day procedures, as well as customer support. The customer support I'm used to dealing with is a bit different then the normal tech support, my customers were mostly sys-admins from institutions like MIT, NASA, hospitals, and gov't agencies. One of my main duties was maintaining the internal wiki for known issues and resolutions for other techs benefit. I feel with the skill-set I developed at this OEM, that I can be very useful to this group. 

I'd describe my skill-set with Linux as somewhere between advanced and expert. I'm still learning every day, but that's the great part about open source software. I've been using Linux for over 10 years, and as my only OS for 6. I am also very familiar with BSD/Solaris, although not quite as familiar as I am with Linux. At my OEM, we mainly focus on RHEL/CentOS/Fedora systems as server solutions, but also configure Desktop systems as well as other distributions. I am most confident in my abilities with RHEL-based systems, though can work my way around any other distribution with ease. 

I have not yet publically released any projects, but have developed many open-source projects for internal use within my OEM. These projects include quality control systems (a live-usb based off Fedora with a set of scripts written in python/perl that stress a system and then generate a report based off their results), post-installation script suites, command-line tools to modify our internal system scheduler and support ticketing systems, etc.

I completed most of my bachelor's degree in CS before financial reasons pulled me to work full time, but feel like I've learned exponentially more in the 3 years I've worked here than in the 3 I went to school. 

Anyways, I'm looking to dive in to contributing to Fedora, and feel with my skill-set the docs project is the best place to start. I'd very much appreciate it if someone sponsored me, I'm looking forward to diving in and fixing bugs as well as creating and improving the documentation.

Looking forward to meeting and working with you all,
Jack Peirce
Linux Systems Engineer
Source Code Corporation

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