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SAGE (organization)

SAGE is the USENIX Special Interest Group for Sysadmins, an international nonprofit professional association of system administrators.

SAGE describes itself thus:

Its goal is to serve the system administration community by:
  • Offering conferences and training to enhance the technical and managerial capabilities of members of the profession
  • Promoting activities that advance the state of the art or the community
  • Providing tools, information, and services to assist system administrators and their organizations
  • Establishing standards of professional excellence and recognizing those who attain them.

Until November 2003, SAGE was known as the System Administrators Guild.

Major activities

  • Co-sponsors (with USENIX) the annual system administration conference, LISA.
  • Hosts several technical and professional mailing lists.
  • Provides a job listing service.
  • Compiles an annual salary survey of system administrators' salaries keyed to many variables.
  • Publishes a series of short topics booklets in the field of system administration.
  • Establishes and promotes a code of ethics for system administrators.
  • Supports local user groups.
  • Offers an IRC channel.
  • Presents two annual awards for outstanding contributions to the field and to SAGE: the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Chuck Yerkes Award


In June 2004, SAGE was dissolved as a Special Technical Group to prepare for a spin-off from its parent organization, USENIX. On October 27, 2005, the USENIX Board, by a 4-4 vote, failed to approve a motion to progress the separation of SAGE from USENIX, declaring instead that SAGE is better as a suborganization.


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