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Eric Laberge

Homepage: (not yet)

IRC nick(s): DemonLord

Role in SMGL: Section maintainer for utils.

Age/Birthdate: now - may 16th 1981

Location/Country: Chicoutimi, Qu├ębec, Canada


When did you first start using Linux and why?

I began using Linux in October 1998, as a mean to share my internet connection to different PCs. I used Debian 2.0 (hamm) back then, installed from floppies on an old 386. I immediately fell in love with it, and installed it on my main PC nearly immediately after. I stuck to Debian until Mandrake 7.0, then followed Mandrake updates up to 8.2. By this time, I was teacher assistant since January 2001, giving networking classes using Linux, so I picked up a few tricks of my own and did a lot of troubleshooting.

How long have you been using the SMGL distribution?

I've first installed SMGL when I got my laptop. According to my activity log, it was exactly on July 17th 2002.

What piqued your interest in SMGL initially?

I've read about Sorcerer on Slashdot.org, and downloaded the ISO. By the time I got my PC, Sorcerer was gone, so I looked for what happened to the project. Source Mage was the logical follow up, so I jumped on the SMGL bandwagon. Unlike many, I haven't even heard of Gentoo until much later. Gave it a try on a friend's SUN workstation (SMGL hadn't been ported to the architecture yet), and I disliked it, confirming my choice to stick with SMGL.

What struck me at first was how easy it is to port new software to the distribution. A simple DETAILS file with a bunch of "equals" and that's about it.

What future do you personally see for SMGL?

It'll grow as the most popular niche distribution thus creating a paradox. People will come to it for its simplicity and control, and it'll remain in the hands of people, creating strong community feelings. I wouldn't be surprised if it became the favorite distribution of Linus Torvalds himself ;-P

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

Any personal messages for the Source Mage users out there?

Don't give up, once it's installed, you'll fall in love with it!

What other OS programs/software have you worked on?

Plex86 Virtual Machine


vi or emacs?

  1. nano
  2. vi
  3. kate




Depends on the project.
The one I use the most is LGPL, though, as I'm mostly into development appliances.

Strictly personal

Do you have any family?


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

I don't have a car right now, but I'd like a Dodge Viper.

Please attach a recent photograph of yourself – if you're brave enough ;=)