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As you can see, this year's December issue once again contains a bonus Solaris Administration supplement featuring several articles contributed by Sys Admin authors along with technology papers from Sun Microsystems. These articles provide some of the very latest information about Solaris 10 as well as tips for managing other versions of the Solaris operating system. Meanwhile, note that the main December issue includes articles about performing online backups with dump, using the text-only Web browser Lynx, debugging SSL, and implementing syslog-ng.

I'm pleased to report that the SD Best Practices Conference in September was a success, and I extend my appreciation to all the speakers and attendees. (Special thanks to Hal for acting as program chair!) That show represented Sys Admin's first attempt at translating our magazine experience into conference courses. By all accounts, the Sys Admin tracks at the Best Practices show were highly informative and useful, and we're already preparing for the next Software Development Conference.

SD West 2005 will take place March 14-18 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Sys Admin tracks will feature courses by Hal Pomeranz, Æleen Frisch, Randal Schwartz, and Peter Baer Galvin. You can find out more and sign up to receive the conference catalog at:

I like to think of Sys Admin as a teaching magazine; in every issue, we try to provide articles that inform and instruct on a wide variety of topics, and we're always looking for articles that can help teach systems administrators how to write better scripts, keep information secure, and generally improve performance of their systems. Right now, we're looking for articles on advanced administration topics, and the issue themes for the next several months include Web Admin, Spam, Clustering, Backup and Recovery, and Remote Access. If you have proven techniques for success in these or other areas, please consider sharing your knowledge with peers through an article in Sys Admin magazine.

Send your article proposals to our managing editor, Rikki Endsley at: As always, you can send feedback and suggestions to me at: or to Hal Pomeranz at:

Sincerely yours,

Amber Ankerholz
Editor in Chief