Meet the speakers: Elizabeth K. Joseph, Dru Lavigne, Dmitri Pal

[As TXLF 2014 draws near, we're running a series of short interviews with our speakers, so you can get to know them—and what they'll be talking about—that much better....]

Meet Elizabeth K. Joseph

Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background?

My name is Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph and I'm an Automation and Tools Engineer at HP focusing on the Infrastructure for the OpenStack Project. The team I work on is made up of sysadmins like me who makes sure the whole infrastructure that OpenStack developers use every day, from the continuous integration system to the wiki, are maintained, scaled, and up and running when they need them.

I've also been active in several other open source projects over the years, most notably starting with Debian and moving into work with Ubuntu, where I now hold a seat on the Ubuntu Community Council and am one of the authors of the upcoming Official Ubuntu Book, 8th edition, being published by Prentice Hall next month.

What we might expect from your talk? What will an attendee come away with at the end of the session?

My talk, Code Review for Systems Administrators, draws from how our team handles systems administration in the OpenStack Infrastructure. Pretty much every change we make to a system in the infrastructure goes through the same code review system that OpenStack developers use to develop OpenStack. This has given us the ability to work efficiently as a team that is not only geographically distributed, but draws from multiple different companies to contribute. Everyone can collaborate through the same system and have a say in patches that go in. It also allows casual contributions from other interested parties, like one off commits from developers who want to see a new feature added to our infrastructure but for which we may not currently have time to do ourselves.

I'll also be covering the tools we use to do this, so attendees will come away with an overview of how the fully open source code review and continuous integration system for all of OpenStack works! It's really cool stuff.

Have you been to TXLF in the past? If so, what are you looking forward to? If you haven't, what are your impressions of the event?

I've never been, but folks I've worked with in Ubuntu always have great things to say about it so I'm really looking forward to it.

Is there anything else would you like to tell someone about your talk or about the event in general?

If you see me and would like to meet, please say "hello!" I'm pretty shy so I'm prone to blending in to the wallpaper otherwise :) I'll also be spending some time at the HP booth in the expo hall on Friday afternoon.

You can catch Elizabeth's talk, Code Review for Systems Administrators, at 11:25am on Saturday!

Meet Dru Lavigne

Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background?

I'm Dru Lavigne and I write the documentation for the PC-BSD and FreeNAS Projects. I've been using open source since the mid-90s, with a background in networking, system administration, and Unix operating systems.

What we might expect from your talk? What will an attendee come away with at the end of the session?

A better appreciation of how cool and powerful ZFS really is. Some of the graphical tools are pretty slick as well. Be forewarned though, once you try ZFS, you don't go back ;-)

Have you been to TXLF in the past? If so, what are you looking forward to? If you haven't, what are your impressions of the event?

Yes, this will be my third TXLF and I'm glad to see it and Austin again. I'm looking forward to talking with people in the expo area. I'll be at the BSD booth (look for the blinky horns).

You can catch Dru's talk, Graphical ZFS Management Tools, at 5:00pm on Saturday!

Meet Dmitri Pal

Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background?

My name is Dmitri Pal. I am Sr. Manager at Red Hat in charge of the Red Hat Identity Management portfolio of projects and products. This includes technologies like LDAP, Kerberos, PKI and projects like FreeIPA (Identity Management in Red Hat Enterprise Linux), SSSD (Client component that enables central authentication and identity lookup), 389 (Red Hat Directory Server), Dogtag (Red Hat Certificate system), Samba (identity management components) and others. My day to day job is to move these projects forward. There is a lot of exciting innovation is happening in this area making authentication experience with Linux systems smoth and rich.

What we might expect from your talk? What will an attendee come away with at the end of the session?

Attendees will get a better understanding about what open source identity management technologies are available nowadays, what problems they solve and gain practical knowledge on how to connect growing Linux infrastructure into Active Directory environment without relying on third party closed source tools that add extra overhead and cost.

Have you been to TXLF in the past? If so, what are you looking forward to? If you haven't, what are your impressions of the event?

I have not been yet. So far the impression is good.

Is there anything else would you like to tell someone about your talk or about the event in general?

How do you manage identities and authentication for Linux/Unix systems? Do you use basing capabilities of the OS? Which ones?
Do you need to integrate with Active Directory? How? Do you use 3rd party?
How complex is the setup and how much is the management overhead?

The session will help administrators and security architects to learn modern tools and ways to solve identity management problems in their enterprise.

Come to Red Hat booth on Friday to have a deeper dive into the identity management questions and issues.

You can catch Dmitri's talk, Enterprise Identity Managment with Open Source Tools , at 2:40pm on Saturday!