Alison Chaiken is a software developer who rides bikes in Mountain View, CA. Her day job is creating a variant of Debian, the Universal Operating System, that runs on big semi-automated trucks for Peloton Technology. Alison has contributed upstream to u-boot, kernel, bazel and systemd, and she runs the 7-year-old, non-profit, 2900+-member Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Group. She has worked for seven years on vehicle software, including a half year in Germany, and is in her fourth year of German study. Alison's formal education was in physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was exposed to the then-new GPL and emacs.

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Virtual filesystems are the magic abstraction that makes the "everything is a file" philosophy of Linux possible.
A Linux boot.

Understanding systems that are functioning well is great preparation for dealing with the inevitable failures.