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Martin Spitzbarth

IRC nick(s): mar_s

Role in SMGL: General Guru

Age/Birthdate: Whatever the difference between now and 1982 is.

Location/Country: Germany. Mostly in the vicinity of Lake Constance


When did you first start using Linux and why?

My first contact with Linux was around '97. A friend of mine told me that there was something called Linux that might interest me. And I was interested.

How long have you been using the SMGL distribution?

A rough guess is since 2004 or 2005. I don't have the old log files any more.

What piqued your interest in SMGL initially?

I found it frustrating to guess which devel-packages the binary distros needed in order to compile something from source. So I took a short peek at Linux from Scratch, thinking: Why can't one write a script to do this? Then I tried Sorcerer Linux, mostly because I liked the magical theme. But their server was not available when I wanted to get an up to date iso for reinstall, so I downloaded Source Mage instead.

What future do you personally see for SMGL?

SMGL will always have a special place in the heart of those people who want to have the last word on what their computer does for them. That's because it is a tool they use to make it work.

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

I've dedicated myself to professional playing and spending a few thoughts on why it works and how to trick it. In other words: I'm studying physics.

Any personal messages for the Source Mage users out there?

Have fun with it, if it's on your own computer.

What other OS programs/software have you worked on?

I've never worked on other software in the sense of being in the development process. I've just used it to get my work done.


vi or emacs?

vim. I make myself believe that the visual mode helps me sometimes.


I never run programs beginning with 'k', but sometimes with 'g' at the beginning. But openbox is the only one who may manage my desktop.



Strictly personal

Do you have any family?

No. That is, I'm living away from my parents and my sister in order to study.

What other hobbies?

I'm going climbing when I find some rocks, or I switch to a kajak when I think it's necessary. Does "not hearing the faint doorbell while listening to music on the headphones" count as a hobby?

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

I'm still driving on of those lightweight cars with two pedals and two wheels. My dream car would be the one that automagically creates free parking spaces ;=)

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

I would be more than happy to show a picture of myself, if only my digicam didn't have these three pixel errors.