November 16, 1967 |
Huntington, New York, U.S.A.
|Nationality||American and German (EU)|
|Occupation||Author and photographer, programmer and Internet personality|
|Known for||Photography, one of earliest Linux Websites, Lifecasting|
|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 Linux practitioner.
- 1 Linux, Solaris and Unix Operating Systems
- 2 Linux Advocacy
- 3 Apache Web Server
- 4 Software Contributions to Open Source
- 5 Photography
- 6 OS X Upgrade fiasco
- 7 Publications
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Linux, Solaris and Unix Operating Systems
Holve started one of the earliest Linux websites in 1994 which came to feature one of the first "Quickcam pages" broadcasting a still image every few minutes automatically to a website, it was one of the first instances of what would later be called "lifecasting" - showing the world Holve's daily life. The Connectix Quickcam was new at the time, offering only a low resolution black and white image - and getting it to work with Linux was often a challenge. In an effort to ease adoption of this new technology, Holve wrote a HOW-TO on the subject and distributed shell scripts to handle the task in the public domain. The feature was quite popular, attracting thousands of daily visitors from around the world.
The site went on to become popular, featuring articles in a HOW-TO format. One such article, "A Tutorial on Using Rsync"  featured on the Rsync homepage almost since its inception. Another article became the de facto reference on using Epson Stylus printers with Linux. At its peak, "Everything Linux" logged up to 4,685 people and 1,838,184 hits a day.
The site featured a forum, which allowed a community to form.
Early contributions to Linux include several HOW-TOs on subjects ranging from multimedia, printing, window managers and customization of the desktop, scanners and the PalmPilot PDA.
Other notable websites included "Everything Mac" and "Everything Unix" which catered to their specific communities, though neither enjoyed the success of the Linux and Solaris communities.
"Everything Solaris"  is one of the only remaining online Solaris community websites after Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
Holve is linked to various Open Source projects - including Rsync, ProFTP, Apache, SANE, perltidy and Ghostprint for his work on documenting them.
Holve is a Linux advocate and Solaris insider. He was active during the 1990s and early 2000s 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
Author of one of the first GUIs for managing the Apache web server, TkApache v1.0 was released into the public domain and dedicated to the Open Source and Linux communities at ApacheCon on October 15, 1998. The early success of TkApache led to the design of the next generation tool, 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
- 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 
A current project includes the formation of an informational site for users of the Leica "M system", La Vida Leica!. and author of nearly 50 reviews and 30 articles for the site. Several of the articles have been translated into Russian by - and posted on - Leica Camera Russia's blog.
OS X Upgrade fiasco
When Apple introduced the OS X 10.1 update in 2001, there was 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.
- Linux Gazette, Issue #34
- Featured in "Solaris 9 for Dummies" book
- Featured in "Building Embedded Linux Systems" book
- Featured in "The Quick Road to an Intranet Web Server: Apache and Linux make the task simple" book
Sun's BigAdmin portal site
Open Source Advocacy
- OpenLoop Technologies Courseware, "Secure Copy Protocol(s), 2006"
- Rsync home page
- San Diego State University course material
- Building Embedded Linux Systems by O'Reilly
- Photos published on Extinct Disney website
- Translation of "Rangefinder Difference" article into Russian (Leica Camera Russia blog)
- Translation of "Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH review" into Russian (Leica Camera Russia blog)
- Celebrities with Their Leica Cameras (Shooting Film)
- "Click If You Can Afford It" (New York Times)
- guardian.co.uk, September 1998
- "Computer Reseller News", November 2004
- "TkApache release announcement", sourcefiles.org, October 1998
- "TkApache" article, Linux Gazette #34
- "New York Times", September 2012
- "Leica Camera Russia Blog", February 2012
- "Leica Camera Russia Blog", March 2012
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