Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen
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University of Indianapolis

Purdue University

University of Louisville





Cloud Services


  • Freelance writer for TechRepublic, covering:Linux/Open source, Android, Cloud, Data Center, Networking, and Security
  • Freelance writer for Linux.com, covering: Linux distributions and Linux general how tos
  • Freelance writer for TechTarget, covering: Linux in the Enterprise and Linux in the data center
  • Freelance writer for Linode, covering: Docker


Jack is a former Lifewire writer and a seeker of truth and a writer of words with a quantum mechanical pencil and a disjointed beat of sound and soul. Jack began his interaction with technology as a teacher in need of a computer. After enough Windows failures, Jack turned to Linux. That was 1997 and he hasn't looked back since. Starting in 1999, Jack began his career as a technical writer with TechRepublic, helping to build the now-defunct LinuxRepublic.com.

After writing with TechRepublic as a freelancer for fifteen years, Jack was picked up by Linux.com to cover the open source platform (all the while continuing to pen how-to guides for TechRepublic). At that point, Jack's focus at TechRepublic expanded to cover Android, Chrome OS, networking, security, mobility, and more.

During this trek, Jack has also had brief stints writing with the likes of Ghacks, Linode, O'Reilly Media, and LifeHacker.

Jack has also taught at the college level and served as a remote support specialist for a local tech service management firm.

Not only is Jack a technical writer with over twenty years of experience, he's also the author of numerous tales of dark, twisty fiction including the I Zombie series, the Reapers series (published by Devil Dog Press), the Suicide series, the Klockwerk Movement, the Fringe Killer series, Shero, The Nameless Saga, and much more.


Jack graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a BS in Theater communications and then from Purdue University with an MFA in acting. Jack was working on another BS (in Computer Science) at the University of Louisville, when TechRepublic recruited him as a writer.

A Message from Jack Wallen

Until the singularity arrives, technology can be our best friend. After the singularity, all bets are off.

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