We recently interviewed Ayoub Elyasir on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine. The series profiles Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. Contact us on the feedback form to express your interest in becoming a interviewee.
Who is Ayoub Elyasir?
Ayoub Elyasir was born and raised in Tripoli, Libya. He currently works as a data engineer at Almadar. He says he’s passionate about “humanity, technology, open source, literature and poetry,” and enjoys swimming, body building and reading. Ayoub includes Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as childhood heroes. His favorite food is grilled chicken and hummus.
Ayoub started using Linux years ago. In fact, he told us, “My migration to Linux dates back to 2008 with openSUSE 11.” Ayoub started to use Linux as a curiosity. However, today he uses Linux and open source products completely. He gradually shifted from KDE and openSUSE to Fedora with GNOME.
The Fedora community
Ayoub first became involved with the Fedora Community writing documentation. To contribute, he edits wikis and translates for various Fedora projects. He’s impressed with the sharing and caring persona of the community, and says he’s also amazed at “how such [a] project could unite people from all over the world.” He marvels that he, a Libyan, works with people from Brazil, the Netherlands and other countries.
We asked Ayoub about who influenced his decision to contribute to Fedora. He gave credit to a lecturer at his university. “It all started with one lecturer in our university who encouraged me to use my spare time contributing to projects and grow my professional network,” he said.
Ayoub uses a Dell Latitude E6430 with Fedora 23 installed as the sole operating system. His servers at work vary, but he manages a multi-node OpenStack architecture on HP Proliant Gen 8 servers. He also has one server dedicated to Docker containers, and a HP Proliant Gen 6 server for FreeIPA.
Both Ayoub’s Docker and FreeIPA servers mentioned above run on Fedora 23 Server. He uses Spacewalk for centralizing and managing software content updates for Fedora and CentOS. For network monitoring he uses Zabbix and ntop running on CentOS 6. For security he makes use of the Metasploit Framework and nmap running on the Fedora Security Lab.