Seth D. Schoen
1022A Shotwell Street
San Francisco, CA 94110-4086
This résumé is subject to change through additional editing. This version was issued
June 19, 2001.
(Of the above, only GNU/Linux and Unix experience is current.)
- GNU/Linux (6 years)
- Other Unix -- FreeBSD, Solaris, AIX, ULTRIX (occasional, 7 years)
- Mac OS (5 years)
- Windows 95/98 (4 years)
- Windows NT (1 year)
- PC-DOS, MS-DOS (10 years)
- Bourne shell, awk, sed, regular expressions
Dormant or intermittent use
- SQL (database query language)
- 8086, MIPS assembly
- BASIC (Atari, AppleSoft, GWBASIC, QuickBASIC, Visual Basic)
- LAN administration
- HTTP, FTP, DNS, SMTP adminstration and scripting
- General knowledge of TCP/IP and application protocols
- Basic electronics theory, digital logic synthesis, with some
laboratory experience. Built computer interface for video
multiplexor chip for home automation prototype; electromechanical
logic circuits made from relays; 420-watt 7-segment numeric display
with computer interface for New Year's countdown, electronic graduation
Text markup languages
- Some ancient Greek, Esperanto, Biblical and modern Hebrew
- Linuxcare, Inc., San
Francisco, CA. June 1999-May 2001.
- Distribution maintainer for special-purpose mini-distribution
One of three creators of the
Linuxcare Bootable Business
subsequently principal developer and maintainer of this project at
Linuxcare. The Linuxcare Bootable Business Card is a bootable
business card-sized miniature CD-ROM which can be used to boot a Linux
system in memory on almost any PC. Targeted for rescue and recovery
purposes, it is used by system administrators all over the world. The
CD's capacity is increased with the use of a compressed loopback block
This open source project was supported by Linuxcare for internal project
use and tens of thousand of copies were produced and distributed at
conferences and trade shows, as well as by mail to user groups.
Through five releases, I enhanced the capabilities of the system, adding
network support, cryptography, network analysis, forensic, and other
software. At one point, I added support for installing the "slink" release
of Debian GNU/Linux
directly from the CD. Current development work includes a kernel upgrade,
allowing download of packages over the Internet into a RAM disk, and support
for network-based installations of various GNU/Linux distributions.
I also interacted with users, provided informal support, and accepted
suggestions on the mailing list established for this project.
- Senior Linux Consultant and trainer
system administration, networking, security, and other consulting for clients
including startup companies and the NetAid
project at Cisco Systems.
Taught Linux system administration, network
administration, Python programming, and introductory Linux classes internally at
Linuxcare. Taught system administration and introductory Linux classes for
paying corporate training customers and Linuxcare partners.
Wrote and edited training materials.
- AtreNet LLC, Santa Cruz, CA.
Developed a prototype for a web-based home automation system called
ControlBox, which included remote video monitoring and control of devices.
Performed basic Linux system administration.
- National Energy Research Scientific
Computing Center, Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA. Summer 1998.
As a student intern in the
Future Technologies Group,
I did system
administration and installation for a
Beowulf-style cluster for energy
research, and advised other LBL technical staff about Linux.
- Toronto Dominion Bank, USA
Division, New York City, NY. Summer 1997.
As a student intern in the Application Services Department, I wrote
documentation and created a testing procedure to support a large upgrade of
- PGM Systems, Inc., Northampton, MA. Summer, winter 1996.
Worked as a Visual Basic programmer, maintaining database software.
- Paul W. Abrahams, S. Deerfield, MA. Summer 1995.
Internship with noted Unix expert and author, installing and configuring
- TK Systems, Easthampton, MA. Summer 1994.
Assembled, diagnosed, repaired, and upgraded PCs.
- Northfield Mount Hermon
School, Northfield, MA. 1993-1997.
Extracurricular and co-curricular activities included:
- Computer lab monitor
- Co-founder of GEECS for Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, student computer users' group
- Created Lee Project (unofficial intranet)
- Created Hillside Network (dormitory LAN)
- Student administrator, School Wide Information System (FirstClass bulletin board)
- Student administrator, ishmael and cartier, student Unix systems
- Wrote vote-tallying software for VOTES mock presidential election
- Wrote survey and analysis software for student attitude/behavior survey
Berkeley, CA. Chancellor's Scholarship.
Three semesters of college work, mainly in computer science and mathematics.
Junior standing through advanced placement credit.
Northfield Mount Hermon School,
Northfield, MA. High school diploma, 1997,
with numerous awards including the school's highest award, the Cambridge
Award. Outside awards included AP National Scholar; commendation from Mass.
Dept. of Ed. for AP achievement; National Merit Semifinalist.
Technical academic summer programs: Johns Hopkins University Center for
Talented Youth "Digital Logic" (Franklin and Marshall College,
PA), 1992; Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, 1993;
Technion/Israel National Museum of Science
Olympiyeda "Optics", 1995.
Selected Publications and Presentations
I have an additional publication about which information is available upon
"Creating Bootable Linux CD-ROMs" (working title), to appear in
"Bootable Rescue, Demo, and Application CDs" (presentation),
LinuxWorld Conference and Expo
(San Francisco, August 2001).
"DVD Litigation" (presentation), Bay Area
Linux Users Group, July 2000.
"Linux and the Future of the Internet" (presentation on IPv6),
LinuxWorld Conference and Expo
(San Jose, CA, March 1999;
invited talk at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April 1999; repeated at LinuxWorld, August 1999).
Contributed to "The Open Source Definition", version
"The Apple Public Source License and Export Controls: The Open Source
Definition and Licenses that Implement National Laws", March 1999. Led
to changes in Apple Public
- Book cataloguing software with CueCat bar code reader input (Bourne
- Bootable Business Card build scripts, init script, network configuration
script (Bourne shell), and small utilities (C)
- Legal citation parser
- md5tee (C)
- Miscellaneous scripts for Kernel Traffic:
database optimizations (Perl), round-robin mirror status checker (Bourne shell),
mirroring script (Python); configured ht://Dig search engine; currently working on additional scripts for this
- Web diary publishing script
Selected Interests and Activities
I am lead maintainer for a new free software project, the
LNX-BBC Bootable Business Card,
based on the Linuxcare Bootable Business Card, and am currently
preparing the first release, version 1.618. All of the original
creators of the Linuxcare BBC are contributing to this project.
I am a volunteer technologist at the
Electronic Frontier Foundation, and
a regular attendee at its BayFF meetings.
I am an active member of several local Linux user groups and have been an
officer of the UC Berkeley Linux
Users Group. I have volunteered at the
bimonthly CABAL Linux installfests.
I have been an invited speaker at
I have an interest in freedom of expression, privacy, and intellectual
property issues. I have been a license reviewer for the
Open Source Initiative.
I have participated in the
I provide technical support and other volunteer service for
Peacefire. I have
also attended SF 2600.
I attended the March 2000 meeting of the
Copy Protection Technical Working Group
as a reporter for Cryptome.
I advised Sonoma Academy, a
new independent high school in Santa Rosa, CA, about educational