I have been following Linux since the kernel 1.2 days.
I also have more than 10 years of sysadmin experience on HPUX & Solaris.
In Linux I have experience from enterprise and Telco grade systems to development and adaptation of Linux on embedded platforms.
Automation of everything that can be automated is my mantra: the tools that I use are shell scripting (POSIX/bash/awk/sed), python and perl.
Systems and network programming in C are very familiar to me and I can follow and debug problems at the kernel level on linux.
On the general...