This page provides links to various web sites that are of interest to System Administrators. The brief descriptions are usually excerpts from the associated web page. If you find a dead link, or wish to add a link to this site please email one of the coordinators.

Conferences & Events

O'Reilly OSCON 2014   From the early days of open source, OSCON has been the only event that covers the open source stack in its entirety. Not just one language, tool, or philosophy, but all of the moving parts, integrated and working together. It’s everything you need to know about open source to keep you ahead of the curve.

The O’Reilly Open Source Convention happens July 20-24, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. OSCON is where all of the pieces come together: developers, innovators, businesspeople, and investors. In the early days, this trailblazing O’Reilly event was focused on changing mainstream business thinking and practices; today OSCON is about how the close partnership between business and the open source community is building the future. That future is everywhere you look.
O'Reilly Strata 2014 Conference   Strata + Hadoop World is where cutting-edge data science and new business fundamentals intersect.and merge. You’ll get up to speed on emerging techniques and technologies by dissecting case studies, develop new skills through in-depth tutorials, share emerging best practices in data science, and imagine the future.

Strata Conference brings together leading minds in big data: decision makers using the power of big data to drive business strategy, as well as practitioners who collect, analyze, and manipulate the data. Strata and Hadoop World have joined forces to create the largest gathering of the Apache Hadoop community in the world, with emphasis on hands-on and business sessions on the Hadoop ecosystem.

Unix Administration Sites

General Admin Information and a great Solaris modem/ppp tutorial


LOPSA - The League of Professional System administrators
Usenix - An association that puts on numerous technical conferences, and offers membership benefits.
SANS - A cooperative research and education organization that puts on various conferences.
Boston User Groups - a centralized home for local technical user groups.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
CERT Advisories
Internic's RFC Page
Internic's WhoIs Page

Security Related Sites

SSH Home Page
L0pht Heavy Industries

Sun Specific Sites

A large Solaris 2.x FAQ

Miscellaneous Useful Sites

O'Reilly Answers   O'Reilly Answers is a community site for sharing knowledge, asking questions, and providing answers that brings together our customers, authors, editors, conference speakers, and Foo (Friends of O'Reilly).
O'Reilly's Safari Bookshelf   O’Reilly’s Safari Bookshelf provides online access to technical books from O’Reilly and other publishers. This is a subscription-based service, but O’Reilly User Group members (which BBLISA is) get their first 14 days free.

Fun stuff

Official O'Reilly gear logo   Official O'Reilly gear at ThinkGeek
ThinkGeek logo   ThinkGeek: stuff for smart masses

Book Reviews

Discounts & Offers

The Art of Community banner   The Art Of Community is a new book being written by Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager, which will be published by O'Reilly in 2009. The book will be available for purchase in print and will also be released online under a Creative Commons license.
O'Reilly School of Technology banner   The O’Reilly School of Technology has officially opened its virtual doors with educational offerings for students looking to further or launch their IT careers, whether they aspire to become alpha geeks or not. The school is a unique partnership between O’Reilly Media and the University of Illinois.

Students can earn a Certificate for Professional Development from the University of Illinois Office of Continuing Education upon completion of a selected series of courses. Certificates are currently offered in Client-Side Web Programming, Linux/Unix System Administration, Web Programming, Open Source Programming, and .NET Programming.
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