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Karsten Behrmann

Homepage: nonexistent

IRC nick(s): BearPerson

Role in SMGL: Sorcery developer (inactive there); ISO manufacturer, basically the one doing most of the hacking around on our installer scripts

Age/Birthdate: well, my birthday is 1987-03-20, calculate the rest yourself… (You know you've been around for long if you get tired of updating your age on your personal page ;-))

Location/Country: W├╝rselen/Germany


When did you first start using Linux and why?

Sometime around 1998 a friend installed SuSE 6.2 on our family PC. I got tired of tweaking windows and so I started with a new OS. I must be one of the last people who "grew up on DOS", so the console was not that unusual.

How long have you been using the SMGL distribution?

I started in early 2003, when I got fed up with SuSE (and especially SuSEconfig)

What piqued your interest in SMGL initially?

When I decided it would be time to reinstall my system (Win98 started getting unstable and SuSE 8.1 was getting on my nerves), I asked around if anybody of my friends knew a good linux distribution that was not based on "Always assume your average user has the IQ of a potato". After I decided Debian would not do it (who wants software that is per definition more than one year old?), a friend pointed me into the direction of the source-based distributions. And as he used Source Mage, I started with it as well.

What future do you personally see for SMGL?

The way things are going, I think we might become a user-oriented, probably even for-sale distribution. Not the way I would want it to go, but it seems I am rather isolated on that point. So I'll just go along until SMGL is old enough to walk on its own. Until then, count me in as a loyal developer, although I don't have too much computing time and resources right now.

I would personally rather like the "if you find a bug, fix it;if you want a feature, write it" approach.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Education/Career/Skills?

Any personal messages for the Source Mage users out there?

Have fun, and if you need any software which is not in the grimoire, please write a spell for it and submit it. Then we all profit from it.

What other OS programs/software have you worked on?

tweaking my windows…


vi or emacs?



Who needs X?
Answer: Mozilla, xchat
Now using ion



Strictly personal

Do you have any family?

Mother, father (living in the Netherlands), brother (off studying), sister (ditto), 2 cats ;-)

What kind of car do you drive? Or what is your dream car?

I can't drive any car with 17 in Germany, and I don't dream about cars.