About Ismail M. Settenda

I'm a 37 year-old male and currently the Research and Development manager at Habari Node Ltd.We are based at the foot of the Kilimanjaro and Meru mountains in Tanzania. Habari Node is an ICT company whose major business is Internet Service Provision for Arushawhich you might know as the "Geneva of Africa" or the home of the East African Community.

I am currently pursuing a MBA at the Institute of Accountancy in Arushamajoring in Information technology which I expect to earn in 2011. I am also a graduate of Makerere Univisty where I earned a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Food Sciences and Technology in 2001.

At work I do a lot of computer related stuff and while I am generally responsible for researching on technologies that would benefit the company, I mostly do unix server adminstration, routing for our network infrastructure as well as fibre installations and manage other small projects i.e Arusha Internet Exchange Pointand the Arusha Linux Community.


My knowledge and skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Mail server setup
  • Cisco Networking
  • Virtual and Clusters servers
  • Database management
  • VoIP server installations
  • Web designing
  • Consultations on network and server design, setup and maintainance
  • Network and servers security audit, policy and implementations
  • Structured Cabling installations
  • Fibre Optic Cable audits and installations
  • Configure, troubleshoot and fix most linux applications namely; asterisk, apache, postfix, clamav, dovecot, bind9, MySQL, squid, samba and so on
  • Preferred server platforms are: FreeBSD, Debian and Ubuntu
  • Shell/bash-scripting and very little Perl


My main project at the moment is Relax and Recover.!! - a highly modular disaster recovery framework for GNU/Linux based systems.
Some of my other projects are hosted with this site, others may be hosted elsewhere.
The last project was on backup software namely Clonezilla and G4U which are disk image tools for backing up data. I really like clonezilla so you may check out Clonezilla

I'm not a free/Open Source/media nutjob per se, as in my opinion everybody should be free to share helpful material under their terms. I have a E-books site where I plan to host all or at least most of my available readable material.

Furthermore I occasionally report and fix issues on the Arusha Linux Users mailing list incl. some windows issues.
I'm also a volunatary addon editor, reviewing addons submitted to unix.or.tz before they can become public.

Business opportunities

As long as they dont conflict with my employers wishes I welcome and regularly receive offers to assist or work on projects, apps or customizations to existing installations. Being a part-time student means that some extra money is always welcome, but also that my time is pretty limited. Not to mention that I'm not willing to relocate for a job at this time.

So if you have some challenging short term projects and you're willing to pay appropriately then feel free to contact me. If you, on the other hand, have a trivial, long term, low budget project please don't bother contacting me.


I don't like to receive phishy/spam/advertisement mails. Those mails won't be read anyway.

Complaining loudly via email doesn't help either. Such mails will likely be ignored as well.

Be polite, use an appropriate and describing subject and clearly state your matter, and I promise I will respond as soon as time permits.


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