About the Author
is the author of five technical books about open source software and a longtime member of the open source community. James authored the first and second books about Puppet, and works for Puppet Labs, running client services. James speaks regularly at conferences including OSCON, Linux.conf.au, FOSDEM, OpenSourceBridge, DevOpsDays and a number of others. He is a past president of Linux Australia, has run Linux.conf.au and serves on the program committee of Linux.conf.au and OSCON. James is Australian but currently lives in Portland, Oregon. His interests include cooking, wine, political theory, photojournalism, philosophy, and most recently the Portland Timbers association football team.Dennis Matotek
works as a systems administrator for Hitwise Pty. Ltd. This business relies heavily on open source technology as the backbone for its infrastructure systems. Dennis was the technical reviewer of Pulling Strings with Puppet: Configuration Management Made Easy
by James Turnbull (Apress, 2008). Dennis has many years of experience in systems infrastructure management that covers Microsoft products to IBM iSeries, but predominantly Linux.Peter Lieverdink
was born in a small Dutch country town in 1973. He owns a pair of clogs, but has never eaten tulips. On his 22nd birthday, Peter moved to Australia, and after briefly spending time in a office cubicle, he now runs a small business called Creative Contingencies Pty. Ltd. The business depends on open source software for infrastructure and development as well as daily office tasks. Peter specializes in web application development and helping other businesses implement open source solutions using Linux on both desktops and servers.