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Julien Rozo

Homepage: http://www.kazekami.org

IRC nick(s): _kaze_

Role in SMGL: spell developer

Age/Birthdate: 26

Location/Country: France


When did you first start using Linux and why?

During my first year in Nantes Technological Institute (fr), I followed Unix and Linux courses : mainly an initiation to Linux, using Bash and Gnome. As I've already heard of Linux many times during years before (it was in year 2000), I thought it was the right time for me to switch from Windows to Linux. The first distribution I used was Mandrake Linux 7.0 (now known as Mandriva Linux), before going through RedHat Linux 7.2 to Fedora Core 1.

How long have you been using the SMGL distribution?

My very first installation of SMGL was in the summer of 2003. My second installation was 2 days later, after totally screwing up the first one :-) Since then, I use SMGL as the only installed OS at home, and as the main Linux distribution at work (including my workstation too), alongside with Ubuntu installations (which I was forced to do).

What piqued your interest in SMGL initially?

I was bored of RedHat and the tons of dependencies required for one application, and Debian packages versions were too retarded for me (I love bleeding edge features :-)). So Gentoo looked like a good choice for installing only the software I need, with the latest versions I want. As Gentoo installation is a real pain, I quickly looked for another source based distribution, and the most mature with Gentoo seemed to be SMGL. I have no regret :-)

What future do you personally see for SMGL?

I'd like SMGL to be less confidential, i.e. more widely spread and used. And I'd like a more integrated documentation project: today there are docs on the wiki, on the web site, and on GIT and sometimes docs on the same subject are in two or three locations.

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

Since 1/1/2003, I work for Kosmos, a French software editor, based in Nantes, France. We provide 3 different proprietary CMS and web portal solutions, following the kind of project we work on : K-Portal as a generic tool and the basis of the other two; K-Sup for French Universities and Grandes Ecoles; and K-d'école for secondary education.

I work on two identified tasks (and many hidden ones :-)) : Web developer for the three CMS (using Java, JSP, xHTML, CSS and Javascript) and Sysadmin (administration of internal servers, and advices to clients to administrate their web servers). We have 5 internal servers, all running SMGL with test grimoire. My workstation runs SMGL too, and my iBook G4 runs SMGL sometimes.

I'm graduated in Computer Sciences from the Nantes Technological Institute. I followed this grade mainly because I love to learn how things work and how they can be improved, and I like to "translate" one's needs in computer stuff to technological realization.

Any personal messages for the Source Mage users out there?

For SMGL developers, keep up the good work ! for SMGL users, don't be shy : join us on #sourcemage, report as many bugs as possible, etc… For users who hesitate to use SMGL : give it a try, it's quite simple to install and to use for a source based distribution

What other OS programs/software have you worked on?

For the moment, the only software I worked on and which are widely distributed are the CMS saled by my company.


vi or emacs?

vim, more by habit than anything else. I never tried emacs, and have no plan to for the moment.


KDE for sure ! I have many personal difficulties to understand how to use Gnome, even if I think it's a great desktop environment :-)


I'd rather say "BSD and GPL" : as each one has its pros and cons, both seem necessary to me in the software world of today

Strictly personal

Do you have any family?

Absolutely ! a father, a mother, no brother and no sister, but a beautiful girlfriend sharing my day-by-day world :-)

What other hobbies?

Amateur photography : you can see the best shots on my web site. I also love to watch Formula 1 races, and listen to music all day long : Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Foo Fighters, 30 Seconds to Mars, Björk, Jamiroquai, etc…

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

Since october 2007, I drive a brand new Toyota Auris! w00t !

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

I'll provide one as soon as I take a {r,d}ecent self portrait