Peter Tribble


I am an experienced Systems Administrator, with skills in the following areas:

  • Whole stack: understanding applications, networks, systems, storage, from end to end and top to bottom
  • Solaris and derivatives, on x86/x64 and SPARC
  • Qualified RHCE
  • Sun and other hardware - sparc, x86/x64, and storage
  • System installation, customization, and configuration, particularly jumpstart
  • Backup - NetBackup, Legato, Avamar
  • DNS, NIS and NISplus; some LDAP
  • NFS and the automounter
  • Web servers: apache, tomcat, installation and configuration
  • Databases: MySQL, some Oracle and PostgreSQL
  • Other OSes: Linux, AIX, IRIX, some of the BSD flavours, even Windows

I worked with Sun for many years on software and hardware beta programs, and was part of the OpenSolaris community where I served on the OpenSolaris Governing Board, before that got Oracled and replaced by illumos and OpenIndiana, following on I built my own distribution - Tribblix.

Brief History

After doing an undergraduate degree in Physics at St John's College, Oxford, I stayed on and did a Doctorate in Theoretical Astrophysics.

I then moved on to CITA - the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto. And then back to England, to the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge. Those interested can read some of my published papers.

Then a rather major change in direction - from Astronomy to Computing, managing the systems at the MRC RFCGR, located on the Hinxton Genome Campus a few miles south of Cambridge, providing access to databases and computing facilities for researchers in the UK Genome community.

After a brief stint at the University of Hertfordshire, I spent almost 9 years much closer to home at ProQuest, before taking a much needed break working part time for Haplo.