I want to be Mike when I grow up. He knows all kinds of things about all kinds of things. His mind is like the Library of Congress. I'd love to know what kind of superhuman cataloguing system he uses to remember everything with.
I think the only topic that is really outside the scope of his massive knowledge base (and it's only a matter of time before this isn't true) is RedHat Linux administration. While I don't know much more than he does, I have a deeply nuanced auto-response for most of his questions which goes something like this, "They probably have a gui tool for that. Look somewhere in that menu thing."
It took me 2 hours to install pure-ftpd on RedHat 7.1 (a couple of months ago). I ran into all kinds of RPM hell up the wazoo and then gave up and did a source install.
It took me 1 minute to install pure-ftpd on Debian 3.0 testing.
bluesock.org is (as of the time of this writing) a leased server hosted at rackspace.com and we've been there for a few years. They've been great and we've never had problems with them. Recently they informed us we needed to upgrade to RedHat 9.0 and it either involved a per-month rate increase or some finagling with the hardware and downtime. I decided this was as good a time as any to switch over to a different hosting service with Debian.
This will make the third Linux flavor that I'll have extensive administration experience with. The first two being RedHat (I've run many of the versions since 5.2) and Gentoo (which I've been running for a couple of years now). I ran Mandrake for a bit, but never really did anything with it. Same with Slackware. I toyed with Debian a couple of times, but never got past the installation.
It's all very exciting. Hopefully, everything will turn out just right.
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