Steven Ellis


  • Technical Director OpenMedia Limited, Auckland New Zealand
  • Director Global Engineering, Limited

Steven’s passion for FOSS comes from both development and operational experience. Within his role as OpenMedia’s Technical Director he provides technical direction and operational guidance for a number of New Zealand companies on the use of Open Source and Linux. For over three years he ran the Linux operations team at IBM NZ, looking after a number of their enterprise customers in the Asia Pacific market, and recently tool a role with managing their infrastructure, operations and support.

As developer of the MythTV based consumer appliance myPVR for OpenMedia, Steven has leveraged his over 14 years experience with Linux, and nearly 20 years experience of FOSS. OpenMedia was one of the first companies in the world to offer a truly consumer ready appliance based on MythTV.

Steven gives regular talks on FOSS to the Auckland Linux User Group and Auckland BarCamp, and has given presentations and organised tutorials at IBM NZ and Optimation NZ. He has been an invited speaker at a number of regional and international conferences including OSDC,, Linux World and OSCON.

This background and experience provides an interesting bridge between two quite contrasting worlds, the consumer versus large scale business.

Proposals for this user

* Retrofit or Rebuild - Legacy in the Enterprise.

Aside from the internals of Linux Plumbing, some of the largest and most intricate examples of how Linux is plumbed is the variety of ways in which modern enterprise leverages Linux. One of the major issues affecting System Administrators and CIOs is how to appropriately manage legacy environments. Often systems reach the point where they have increasing TCO as vendors no longer supply security fixes and it becomes increasingly difficult to use current versions of our management tools. A number of the major linux distributions are now starting to twilight early enterprise distributions which still count for many thousands of Linux installs within businesses of every scale.
General 06/23/2009
Steven Ellis