Diary of an Open Source Sysadmin Entrepreur

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 from 11:00 – 11:45am in B201


Half the story of the building of Puppet Labs and half instruction on how to build your own company, Luke Kanies, the founder of Puppet and Puppet Labs, will tell how he built his company and product and how you can, too.


Building a great company requires passion and ability focused in an area that can make money. This talk is focused on helping you understand which to start with and which to iterate on until you see success, and the lessons are in the form of the story of how Luke Kanies found himself with no choice but to start a company and how he iterated on what that company built and why until he had a business.

Speaking experience


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    Luke Kanies

    Reductive Labs


    Luke has been publishing and speaking on his work in Unix administration since 1997. He has focused on tool development since 2001, developing and publishing multiple simple sysadmin tools and contributing to established products like Cfengine. He founded Reductive Labs in 2005 as a response to the stagnation in sysadmin tools, to be a vehicle for changing the way we interact with and manage our computers. He founded and is the project lead for Puppet, an open-source automation framework written in Ruby, and he is always researching and developing new ways to make it easier to talk to computers on your terms. He has presented on Puppet and other tools around the world, including at OSCON, LISA, Linux.Conf.au, and FOSS.in.