Have you thanked a sysadmin today?

5 unique thank yous to the sysadmins in our lives from the community.
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Sysadmins are the heartbeat of many open source projects around the world. What would we do without them? 

So, once a year—or more if you're working on a team with a great outlook on life and positive culture—we take time out of our busy lives to say thank you.

"Thanks for all the stress, overtime, and dedication to the mission(s), me!" —Jim Salter

A painting hanging in the Sikh Golden Temple at Amritsar

A painting hanging in the Sikh Golden Temple at Amritsar, representing the martyrdom of Sikh hero Bhai Dayal Das.

"I was not hired to be a sysadmin but always interested in it. Matt, a sysadmin on my team, helped me learn so much and patiently taught me things that not only helped my team succeed but also helped me grow in my career. Sincere thanks to him." —Kedar Vijay Kulkarni 

"I would thank the sysadmins in all 52 states/territories that assisted me in a modernization of the Federal Food Stamp program (USDA, FNS, eDRS)." —Alan Formy-Duval

"Sysadmins are the silent heroes with salient features in an organization. Here's to all the superpower sysadmins out there. Thank you for the incredible efforts you're putting in to keeping the systems up and running." —Moin Shaikh

"A general thanks from all who may have, possibly, made a tiny mistake that could only be fixed by a sys admin: Thank you for restoring from backup. I could not have undone the mess I made without you." —Michelle Greenlee




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Jen leads a team of community managers for the Digital Communities team at Red Hat. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and daughters, June and Jewel.


On the small potatoes side of things, I've been the "sysadmin" for my home computers ever since I began installing Linux. Years ago I made the executive decision to switch my wife's computer to Linux, and interestingly enough, there was no complaints about missing things.
So now I am chief trouble-shooter for all sorts of system and program uses, deciding when to upgrade to a newer version of the distro, and being the general "solution-finder" when some website is behaving badly.
Solving other people's problems teaches one to be methodical.

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