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Joel Mayes

Role in SMGL: doc/X11 section maintainer

Age/Birthdate: 27

Location/Country: Melbourne, Australia


When did you first start using Linux and why?

I first used Linux in about 1999-2000, Mandrake 7.2 IIRC from the APC Linux Pocketbook 3rd edition, I installed it on a Compaq Presario something or other, a PI 133 with no expansion slots, 16Mb of and the CPU soldered to the MB <g>, install was pretty easy with the GNOME desktop installed by default, which unfortunately was a bit much for the old box which preformed like a slug.

How long have you been using the SMGL distribution?

I alternated between Windows and various Linux distros (Mandrake, Turbo & Red Hat) for the next couple of months until I got some money together and upgraded to a Celery 700 with 128Mb of Ram and was absolutely amazed by the difference this made to GNOME, and made Linux my sole OS.

I moved to Debian, and then a LFS system which I ran for about 9 months but really lacked the time required to maintain it in good working order and was consider going back to Debian when I came across the now defunct Sorcery/GNU Linux which I installed in Feb 2002 <g> just in time for Kyle to pull the plug.

I think that answers the first two questions.

What piqued your interest in SMGL initially?

What peaked my interest in SMGL ? Well coming from running a LFS system but lacking the time to do all the updates & maintenance such a beast needs I was looking for something else and here it was.

I loved the simple packaging system, I wrote my first spell (urlview) within about 2 hours of completing the install, SMGL is what I've been looking for in an OS, easy packaging and maintenance of apps, clean installs & uninstalls and the ability to add or customize packages to my need.

What future do you personally see for SMGL?

For the future I see SMGL becoming a large community, AKA Debian Linux, I believe anyone you tries SMGL will love it, nothing that come close to the ease of use and maintenance that SMGL allows.

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

About ME!!

Well I'm 27, I work as a instrumental music teacher with mostly primary school age kids but a number of older and more advanced pupils as well.

In the past I've worked as an Accordionist and a Youth Worker but teaching is what I love best and hope to be staying at it for a while.

No real computer training just a lot of hands on experience, which is the best way to learn IMHO.

Any personal messages for the Source Mage users out there?

To SMGL users,

Enjoy, have fun, contribute.
SMGL exists because of a community of users each given a little to the distro, even bug reports are welcomed with open arms.

What other OS programs/software have you worked on?

First box was a TRS80 Model II, taught myself BASIC on this wonderful box, It's still running at my my grand parents place too. Then a lot of DOS (DR-DOS mostly) I've used Acorns and old Macs and was stuck in windows for about 2 years.

But SMGL is my first active role in a big development.


vi or emacs?

vi AND Emacs <g>

vi for bash scripts or C
Emacs for LaTeX and TeX projects


Neither. I'm a Fvwm man all the way, I've fooled around with both but always come home to Fvwm.


I'd use the GPL license my self but I've nothing against BSD people, it's really a matter of personal choice.

Strictly personal

Do you have any family?

Not married and no kids.

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

I don't drive as I've got incredibly poor vision, when I do need to get around I ride a bike averaging about 30 kilometers a day ATM, planning on doing some overnight touring rides during the xmas break.

If I did though I'd probably own a VW something or other as I've always liked the way they looked.

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

I'm the one with the Accordion, the Soprano & Harpist is the wonderful Cathie Henderson.