Kabir has written many books on Open Source technologies since 1996. His recent ones are: Secure PHP Development, Red Hat Linux Server 8, Red Hat Linux Survival Guide, Red Hat Linux Security and Optimization, and Apache Server 2.
How long have you been working with Linux? How did you get interested in it?
I started with Linux in the early 90s during my university days at CSUS. I remember downloading Linux from a prominent Finish FTP site into 20+ 1.44MB floppies. It took three days in a row to get base Linux with X Windows up and running on an i386.
Once booted for the first time, the system remained turned on until many of my friends had a chance to visit my apartment. Next, I was able to hook up a dumb terminal to the Linux box via a null modem. This became my roommate's Gopher/USENET browsing terminal. It was a lot of fun!
My interest continues to remain glued to Linux because it gives me a very powerful command-line, full remote access and the ability to tune just about every aspect of the OS.
How long did it take you to write "Red Hat Linux Survival Guide" and what was it like? Any major difficulties?
As it was not my first Linux book, I was pretty much at home with writing process. I remember worrying about the size of the book a lot as my goal was to give it a small profile. I was traveling a lot to Dhaka during the time when I was writing this. As power failure in Dhaka is an almost every-day event, I had a great desire to write about UPS and power management. But later I decided against it as I figured the target audience won't worry about power failure too much. Now that I know better, UPS/power management will be in the future edition.
You've written several books - out of all of your writing ideas how do you decide which ones to develop further?
There is no defined process. Whatever seems most exciting to me personally gets the most attention.
In your opinion, where does Linux need the most software development at the moment?
I primarily use Linux on the server side. Linux servers are the most cost-effective, reliable, and least demanding on the hardware. I would like to see more Open Source network and security management/audit tools that make it easy for any Linux administrator to do the job right.
By subscribing to our early morning news update, you will receive a daily digest of the latest security news published on Help Net Security.
With over 500 issues so far, reading our newsletter every Monday morning will keep you up-to-date with security risks out there.