Michael Holve

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Michael Holve
Born (1967-11-16) November 16, 1967 (age 47)
Huntington, New York, U.S.A.
Nationality American and German (EU)
Occupation Author and photographer, programmer and Internet personality
Years active 1994-present
Known for Photography, one of earliest Linux Websites, Lifecasting
Internet information
Web alias(es) mholve
Web hosting service(s) litpixel.com
Signature phrase "Always wanted to be an astronaut..."

Michael Holve (born November 16, 1967 in Huntington, NY) is an American author, photographer, programmer and systems administrator.

Linux Advocacy[edit]

Notably quoted in several publications, as a Linux advocate (guardian.co.uk, September 1998) and as a Solaris insider ([1] Computer Reseller News). Several articles (including reprints) were published on Sun's BigAdmin portal for the benefit of the Solaris community.

Holve was active during the 1990s and early 2000s as a Linux advocate and brought adoption of Linux to several companies as well as the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Projects included adoption of Linux as both a server and desktop platform for several companies, an early database cluster for a nascent global search engine and as the backbone of the SUNYSB Department of Family Medicine's Internet presence, including its first website.

Apache Web Server[edit]

Author of one of the first GUIs for managing the Apache web server, TkApache v1.0 (http://everythinglinux.org/TkApache/) was released into the public domain and dedicated to the Open Source and Linux communities at ApacheCon on October 15, 1998 ([2] TkApache release announcement,[3] Tkapache article, Linux Gazette). The application was written in Perl/tk, a combination of Perl and tk (a widget toolkit). The early success of TkApache led to the design of the next generation tool, Mohawk (http://everythinglinux.org/Mohawk/). At the time, many GUI projects were now underway (such as webmin) which expanded to a system-wide configuration interface. It was decided to cancel further development of Mohawk.

Software Contributions to Open Source[edit]

TkApache - GUI for the Apache web server

Mohawk - GUI for the Apache web server

iVote - High-performance Perl/mod-perl visual voting system

CPU Status - Status of Sun (SPARC/Intel) system CPUs CGI


As a photographer, Holve first started during his junior and senior years in high school, later participating in a workshop at C.W. Post which resulted in a gallery exhibition on campus. Further college work included photography (though not as a major course of study) at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Holve has done several projects for the Huntington Youth Court on a volunteer basis to bring about awareness of the program to the community.

A current project includes the formation of an informational site for users of the Leica "M system" to bring about increased knowledge and awareness of the platform where he has authored nearly 50 reviews and articles for the site - which has been visited by over 60,000 users in its first year of operation. Several of the articles have been translated into Russian by - and posted on - Leica Camera Russia's blog.[4][5]

Holve was interviewed by New York Times writer Alex Williams for the "Click It If You Can Afford It Article" which appeared in print on September 20, 2012 (and online on September 19, 2012).[6]

Mac OS X Upgrade Fiasco[edit]

When Apple introduced the Mac OS X 10.1 update back in 2001, there was a storm of controversy over modifying the CD to be able to install directly from it, rather than having to install 10.04 first, followed by an upgrade. The hack first appeared on MacFixIt's forum. Holve went on to further document the procedure with a step-by-step HOW-TO, which earned him the ire of the Apple legal team. A lot of press followed, including a cease and desist letter from Apple Inc. (http://litpixel.com/mac/articles/UpdateCDHack/index.html)



Sun's BigAdmin portal site (http://www.bigadmin.com):

Open Source Advocacy







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