System Administrator Day is is held on the last Friday in July. Creator Ted Kekatos was inspired by an article in a tech magazine in which a system administrator was given gifts and acknowledgements for installing new printers in the office. An enraged Kekatos had just installed the same printers in his office without recognition.
The official SysAdmin Day website includes many suggestions for the proper observation of the holiday. The most common is cake and ice cream.
The last Friday in July is also LinuxFest celebrating open source software.
You’ll notice these sources are pretty dated. In the 2017 article The system administrator died. Long live system administrator! Leonid Chernyak talks about the more current understanding of what was previously the System Administrator, namely Data Managers and Development and Operations (DevOps).
Interestingly, there was a note at the end of this article saying it had been mechanically translated and could contain some grammatical errors. I found some, as well as some interesting illustrations that probably made more sense in the article’s original language, but overall it was well-written and readable.
Long live technology.
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