Talk to Coyote Why Should I? Who is Coyote? Why Linux? More Stories

Who is Coyote?

Coyote is a canine mammal, native to North America and similar in appearance to a small, brown wolf. He is a mythological figure in Native American folklore. His stories are many and varied. Sometimes he plays the role of the creator, sometimes the trickster, sometimes the wise one and sometimes the buffoon or fool who is the butt of a joke or who's attempts to be clever get him into trouble. He often has a malleable body, for instance he may be able to remove his eyes and have them still function. He may use this in clever schemes and yet have it backfire on him. Always, even when he is entertaining us with clowning, his ultimate goal is to teach us something or to guide us somewhere.

The stories about Coyote on this site are all based on the real life experiences of me; A guy named Ian Kelly who likes to wander around the western US and has been working in IT for over 20 years, the last decade as a small business consultant and software developer.

In 1999, in New Mexico, an old man on the Ute reservation started calling me Coyote, and then a few years later a Meshika medicine man started doing the same thing. The name really stuck. I've been collecting Coyote stories ever since.

That's me!

I am a wandering story teller with a passion and enthusiasm for helping people implement open source alternatives in a small business setting.

I believe that many small businesses can benefit from turning to linux and FOSS (that's Free and Open Source Software) for their IT solutions, and I'd love to tell you about how. In fact, I can probably talk about it for longer than you'd care to listen to me, so don't hesitate to cut me off if I do.

You can email me at if you'd like to talk about linux. You can also ask me questions and I might respond with wisdom or with tomfoolery, but I will take your questions seriously.