iliana

NAME
SYNOPSIS
CONTACT
NOTE
DESCRIPTION
WORK EXPERIENCE
PUBLICATIONS
SELECTED ARTIFACTS
BUGS
SEE ALSO

NAME

iliana − Linux witch; hobbyist network administrator

SYNOPSIS

iliana --help question

CONTACT

Email: iliana@buttslol.net
Matrix: @ilianaw:buttslol.net
Mastodon: @iliana@cybre.space
PGP key fingerprint: FB53 256E FF2A B196 B134 150D 412E 9727 868B 4CF9

NOTE

This document is best viewed by running man <(curl -s https://linuxwit.ch/iliana.7) in your terminal.

DESCRIPTION

iliana destroyer of worlds is a systems engineer specializing in Linux distribution development, software build systems, and network decentralization.

iliana uses she/her pronouns, and her name is spelled lowercase for typographical reasons. She lives in Seattle, and she is currently only interested in opportunities in Seattle or that allow remote work.

She has a decade of experience working on Linux distributions, beginning with the Fedora Project and eventually working at Red Hat, then later moving to AWS to work on Amazon Linux.

In 2016 she started Wobscale Technologies, a Seattle-based creative collective focusing on communications platforms, dense computing, and small independent networks, and joined the Seattle Internet Exchange as a hobbyist network in support of those goals.

Primary skills include Linux/BSD system administration; knowledge of core internet protocols; programming in Rust, C, and Python; and identifying and correcting engineering pain points and technical debt.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Linux Witch, Amazon Linux, Amazon Web Services (May–August 2014; June 2015–present)
Developed a Linux distribution for a bookstore. Systems development engineer on team responsible for Amazon Linux userspace packages for both public users in Amazon EC2 as well as the entirety of Amazon itself.

Designed systems for cryptographically authenticating upstream sources and for signing software packages without requiring access to decrypted private key material.

Implemented the globally-replicated repositories for Amazon Linux 2, designed for releasing a critical update globally within 5 minutes. Presented "Care and feeding of Amazon Linux" at AWS re:Invent 2018, rated by attendees in the top five of container-track talks, which described this repository design and Linux image building.

Worked as release engineer for Amazon Linux’s 2017.03 and 2017.09 releases. Previously led the process for tracking updates work in the distribution, including triaging feature requests from customers and handling sensitive security embargoes.

Fought for a pronoun field on the internal directory (The Phone Tool) along with other gender inclusion activists at the company, and co-authored the FAQ that announced its availability.

Developed Amazon Linux’s IPv6 support, as a collaboration with EC2 Networking, for EC2’s IPv6 capability announced at AWS re:Invent 2016.

Delivered numerous incremental improvements to the team and EC2 users, including the GRUB2 kernel image for PV instance types, container and VirtualBox output format support to the team’s image builder, and a rewrite of a critical repository URL discovery component in the Amazon Linux AMI, during an initial three-month summer internship.

Subject-matter expert on the team for remembering strange bugs once declared "working as intended", GnuPG, IPv6, critical network infrastructure protocols, and solving weird mysteries. Led and resolved several high-severity company-wide events. Described by peers as "the backbone of Amazon Linux".

Head of Operations (and also everything else), Wobscale Technologies (January 2016–present)
Started a hobbyist network shared among various friends in Seattle after realizing she could do such a thing and that it might be fun. (It is!)

Learned how to administrate a network where NAT was unnecessary, how to communicate and interoperate with other network administrators, and why buying all your equipment on eBay or building custom hardware doesn’t always work out well.

Currently peered with two transit providers, the Seattle Internet Exchange route servers, and 20 other autonomous systems present at SIX with 1100 Mbps total transit capacity.

Network used by peers for personal research on Linux systems administration and federated social protocols, such as Matrix, Mastodon (ActivityPub), and email.

Doer of Stuff, Fedora Infrastructure, Red Hat (June 2010–March 2014)
Continued work on the Fedora Project (began in December 2007) in a professional capacity, both by maintaining various Python packages in the distribution as well as developing Python web applications to support the Fedora Infrastructure team and Fedora contributors worldwide.

PUBLICATIONS

Abusing the RPM package manager to compile software
In Proceedings of SIGBOVIK 2019, April 1, 2019, p49: http://sigbovik.org/2019/proceedings.pdf

SELECTED ARTIFACTS

crowbar
Wrapper for writing AWS Lambda functions in Rust by pretending to be a CPython module. First major Rust project; 168 stars on GitHub at current writing. https://github.com/iliana/rust-crowbar

rust-bundled-packaging
RPM macros for writing reasonable spec files to package Rust binaries, written to support availability of Firecracker in Amazon Linux 2 extras. https://github.com/amazonlinux/rust-bundled-packaging

Care and feeding of Amazon Linux
Well-received expert-level presentation at AWS re:Invent 2018. https://iweller.people.a2z.com/con404/

BUGS

Owns too many ThinkPads.

Happy to answer questions to the point of not being able to complete any of her own work.

Generally blames computers for all her problems, but should understand that computers are only a reflection of their human creators and users.

SEE ALSO

https://linuxwit.ch/
https://github.com/iliana
https://twitter.com/ilianathewitch
https://pronoun.is/she/her