Info page for: Mark Rais - Volunteer Senior Editor at Reallylinux.com, and Technology Philanthropist.




Mark Rais photographed leading an enterprise server deployment.





Speaker Mark Rais at the Yellow Biz conference on Cloud solutions.




Mark Rais key note speaker for the technology task force summit.




Mark Rais in his element, deploying university tech lab systems images.

Bio: Mark Rais
Volunteer Editor-in-Chief, New Zealand



Mark Rais serves as our volunteer editor-in-chief, helping us promote Opensource solutions world-wide in over 154 countries.

His experience in NZ includes assisting with the MoH New Zealand Cancer Registry system operations manual, the Inland Revenue KiwiSaver web portal systems documentation, as well as the assisting the Office of the Clerk Parliament automation tools and serving with Parliamentary Services.

Prior to these roles, Mark Rais was Senior Technology Manager leading teams at Aol Inc and Netscape, with up to 31 direct reports, his teams were responsible for several of the largest internet publishing projects in the world.

Mark Rais began his career as junior developer, and grew through the ranks to become Senior Technology Manager for Aol Inc, and then eventually leading a team at Netscape from their Mountain View HQ.

He served as a manager and retired from the company after 7 years, or about 29,000 hours.

During those extremely intense times, Mark was the lead technical manager on the AOL Shopping Web Portal which supported over $1 Billion USD in transactions in first year.

Mark Rais was also the lead senior technical manager for the first reality TV website for the AOL/CBS Big Brother reality show, which at the time broke world-wide records for maximum internet connectivity (over 500,000 hits /second).

Mark Rais continues to support the Linux and OpenSource community, as a volunteer senior editor for Reallylinux.com. Rais has authored or contributed to five books including the 2nd Edition Linux for the Rest of Us, as well as over one hundred industry articles.




A few of Mark Rais' publications include:

  • Underestimating the Mission Critical Role of Linux - promoted on Linux.com - ReallyLinux.com original
  • Linux Terminal Servers for Any Business - Linux Journal Magazine - Linux Journal, LLC
  • The delicate art of enterprise scaling - Computerworld Magazine - Fairfax Business Media
  • Managing users in Ubuntu - Freesoftware Magazine - Ubuntu Column
  • Software development benefits from open source - Computerworld Magazine - Fairfax Business Media
  • Open source is key to reaching 500 million Indian children - Linux.com - OSTG Inc.
  • Future tied to infrastructure autonomy - Computerworld Magazine - Fairfax Business Media
  • Printing with Ubuntu - Freesoftware Magazine - Ubuntu Column
  • Column: Server Administration - Linux+DVD Magazine - Software Media LLC
  • Top Ten Reasons for a Linux Laptop - Linux Journal Magazine - originally in Issue 164
  • A small business introduction to Linux - ComputerWorld.com - IDG Communications, Inc.
  • Open source stands the pragmatism test - Computerworld Magazine - Fairfax Business Media
  • More than Just Another OS - Linux+DVD Magazine - Software Media LLC
  • The enterprise desktop PC is obsolete - Desktoplinux.com - Ziff Davis Media
  • The State of Linux: Malaysia's Strong OSS Growth - Really Linux - Series
  • Using DSL with Linux - Desktoplinux.com - Ziff Davis Media
  • Interview with Rob Fraser - Freesoftware Magazine - Ubuntu Column
  • The State of Linux: Substantial Growth in New Zealand - Really Linux - Series
  • The State of Linux: Substantial Growth in Asia-Pacific - Really Linux - Series
  • Fundamentals of Massive Linux Scaling - Really Linux - Feature
  • A Small Business Guide - Ittoolbox.com - Information Technology Toolbox, Inc.
  • The State of Linux: Substantial Growth in Asia-Pacific - Really Linux - Series
  • The United States as #1 - Really Linux - Editorial


  • He has been featured multiple times on LinuxToday, published articles on Scoop News, and provided technology information for the United Nations Development Program. You can review many more of his articles here. Linux Today promoted articles

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    Projects History (either as contractor or as employee of a contracted organisation):

  • Office of the Clerk, Parliament - Parliamentary Journal Publishing Project
  • Ministry of Health - Cancer Registry
  • Inland Revenue - KiwiSaver Portal, Portal Whitepapers
  • Ministry of Transport - Intranet Content Management System
  • Netscape - MySpace Infrastructure Development
  • Aol - Shopping Portal
  • aol - AOL/CBS Big Brother 1 Reality Show
  • aol - Content Publishing System (Aol, Netscape, Compuserve)
  • Dept of the Navy - Contracted Technical Editor

  • Additional technology implementations for numerous smaller organisations including Courier Post, Gen kit, Amber dms, etc.


  • Press Interviews:
  • Interview with Jon Watson & Mark Rais, computer system security and protection
  • The Linux User Show: Interview of Rais, topics include the creation of Reallylinux.com
  • Linux for Business: Mark Rais reviews key ingredients for Linux business integration and openly presents the pros and cons of migrating to Linux and Open Source. 30 min.
  • Linux Evangelism: Mark Rais' engaging discussion of what makes good Linux evangelists and his own personal sharing of "a day in the life of a Linux evangelist." 25 min.
  • History of a Revolution: Mark Rais defines the power and potential of Linux through his personal summary of its rise. 25 min.


    Additional Books and Articles written by Mark Rais regarding technology, society and governance:
  • The Housing Market Is Underpinned By Four Catalysts
  • The Pandemic Is Not Over
  • A Grand Threat To New Zealand During This Pandemic
  • Growing Arrivals Require Broader Approach To Pandemic Response
  • Six Key Drivers For The Real Estate Market In New Zealand
  • Success or Failure of CGTdependant on Macro-Economics
  • An emerging rental crisis caused by macro-economic drivers
  • Trapped in the age of Nuclear Deterrence
  • False Data is the greatest threat to humanity
  • Fallacies promoting housing collapse - Mark Rais
  • The end of the Housing Boom
  • Low interest rates are creating broader instability
  • Proposed Land Tax will have detrimental long term affects
  • Interest Rate Cuts Fail When Applied in Isolation
  • Clash of Super Powers in an Age of Global Conflict
  • War for the Hearts and Minds of Our Children
  • Mark Rais: Oil Rules The World











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