If you are not getting everything you need from posting to
comp.os.linux.* groups and reading documentation, maybe it's time to
consider joining SAGE, the System Administrators Guild, sponsored by
USENIX. The main goal of SAGE is to advance system administration as
a profession. SAGE brings together system and network administrators
to foster professional and technical development, share problems and
solutions, and communicate with users, management, and vendors on
system administration topics.
Current SAGE initiatives include:
Co-sponsoring the highly successful annual System
Administration Conferences (LISA) with USENIX.
Publishing Job Descriptions for System Administrators, edited by Tina
Darmohray, the first in a series of very practical booklets and resource
guides covering system administration issues and techniques.
Creating an archive site, ftp.sage.usenix.org, for papers from the System
Administration Conferences and sysadmin-related documentation.
Establishing working groups in areas important to system administrators,
such as jobs, publications, policies, electronic information distribution,
education, vendors, and standards.
To learn more about the USENIX Association and its Special Technical
Group, SAGE, contact the USENIX Association office at (510) 528-8649 in
the U.S., or by email to
To receive information electronically, contact
Annual SAGE membership is $25 (you must also be a member of USENIX).
Members enjoy free subscriptions to login: and
Computing Systems, a quarterly refereed technical journal;
discounts on conference and symposia registration; and
savings on SAGE publication purchases and other services.