Interview with Jimmy Olano, user of Pandora FMS community

Not everyone can say they have a “community”. Maybe the president of the apartment building where you live, or even some megalomaniac Sims player, but few other people. We are aware of it and we have to say that it is a great pride to have a community, feel part of one, participate, understand each other, dialogue…

For Pandora FMS, it took a lot to create this community. It has been step by step, link by link, but today we can say that we are completely satisfied with it. It’s like having a million colleagues one summer afternoon to go cycling, only applied to another area, the professional one.

Therefore, to celebrate our community, we decided to choose one of our users to interview him and tell us what it is like to be part of this group of colleagues, of this rock band, of this family that is Pandora FMS. He is programmer Jimmy Olano.

How did you find out about Pandora FMS?

I found out about Pandora FMS (PFMS) in 2016 through Twitter, a social network that I use a lot – yes that’s my sin – since 2011.

What do you use it for?

You will be surprised by my answer, but there it goes: I use Pandora FMS to expand my programming knowledge (yes, that’s my profession, programming).

What I am going to say may sound weird, but I think that in this modern world Development and Operations (DevOps) teams have fewer differences and more similarities every day. I am one of those who thinks that to be a good Systems Administrator (sysadmin) you must have basic notions of programming and to be a good programmer you must have the basic notions of network operations. Monitoring is a cornerstone for a SysAdmin, like a coffee maker in offices, essential (that’s right, coffee and Pandora FMS can never be missing from your computing lives).

Are you happy with their services?

Totally. Now, with your ongoing code release, I send you my sincere admiration! You’re my heroes!

Which of them do you like or helps you the most?

As we well know, the basis of Pandora FMS is open source, and since September 2014 these algorithms are stored in GitHub. That is the service that I like the most because – if necessary – we can all contribute in one way or another to the healthy growth of the product, interacting with the community. I take this chance to recommend to those who find what seem to be security flaws to report them first to the Pandora FMS team, to tell you whether or not your thesis is true (since there are also false positives). Make no mistake by publishing on the web things that are far from vulnerabilities, keep them to yourself until we know for sure they are software exceptions (error, bug) in Pandora FMS. GitHub will always manage each and every one of the appropriate recognitions and/or authoring.

Which of our channels do you prefer to stay up to date with their news? Newsletters, blog, Youtube channel, Twitter, Facebook…?

Sue me for being outdated, but I use the Mozilla Thunderbird mail reader, where I centralize all my accounts (that reminds me a lot of Pandora FMS console) and there I have the Pandora FMS blog added as web retransmission or web source (I use Really Simple Syndication or RSS). Pandora FMS blog is a place where they publish new versions, notices and other news about the world – science and art – of monitoring. Of course, I already told you about Twitter. Also the other two social networks that I use the most to keep up to date with Pandora FMS are Linkedin and YouTube, in that order of importance.

How would you recommend Pandora FMS?

Pandora FMS is a powerful tool. Very powerful. Do I recommend it? Of course I do!… but for people outside of my professional environment that task is uphill. I consider that to massify Pandora FMS the first thing I recommend is to use eHorus, at least it is my belief that for a normal and current user we can present a minimalist web graphic interface and indirectly we already have another employee monitoring, in a basic way, their own computers. When they are ready for Pandora FMS they will still use eHorus but in an integrated way. That’s my recommendation for first timers: eHorus and then Pandora FMS.

Anything special you would ask from Pandora FMS for the near future?

I am an absolute fan of Debian (I already look like a scratched vinyl record – young people, look it up on Wikipedia – from repeating that so much): I mainly use Ubuntu. For the near future I would like to see Pandora FMS published in the official repositories (“apt-cache search pandorafms”: update pandorafms-agent and add pandorafms-server). I keep in mind that Docker Hub keeps images very well updated, but they are large, and compiling from GitHub is not a task for everyone. A well-designed DEB package (that first checks whether the hardware is adequate for running a Pandora FMS server, for example) is a tool that is halfway between Docker and GitHub.

My opinions are honest, thanks a lot for the interview and have a very nice day.

Jimmy Olano is just one of the many users and colleagues that make up the extensive Pandora FMS community. For this reason, just as we thank him for participating in this interview and for the affection and consideration he has for us, we also want to thank the rest of Pandora FMS followers. We do what we do for you and it is for you that we love doing it.

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