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Vladimir Vydra

IRC nick(s): o4ek

Role in SMGL: Section maintainer for shell-term-fm

Age/Birthdate: 26

Location/Country: Zilina, Slovakia (Half of year (winter) in: Paris, France :-)


When did you first start using Linux and why?

9 years ago I was having, for the first time, access to PC which was connected 24/h to net. In a moment I become NET-dependent (to be honest – I was spending much more time on IRCing and FTPing than studying :-). After short period I was having access to our faculty primary UnixWare server and from this time I'm persuade that for serious work the only suitable platform is Linux/Unix :-).

My first Linux distro wich I personaly installed was Slackware (first install – 8 years ago, now I don't remember exactly the version from wich I started up :-). After I was using RH, MDK.

How long have you been using the SMGL distribution? What piqued your interest in SMGL initially?

In the January 2002 I was looking for some linux/unix distro which fulfil my needs (I was looking for something which is source based, with some cool pkg.sys., something where I can in some easy way change the configure/build parameters, etc….). My first idea was freebsd but before changing linux for unix I was looking at http://www.distrowatch.com where I found SGL – and after installing it I was seeing that this is something for me :-)

What future do you personally see for SMGL?

For me the SMGL is the ideal distro for people which have some knowledge about linux and which "want the full power of Linux/PC". I use SMGL not only as desktop but also on 3 production machines (and in the 3 months we will build up an database cluster on which we will run SMGL :-)

So personally I'm very satisfied with SMGL and I really recommend this cool distro to everybody :> .

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

I graduate at Zilina's Technical University – Informatics department, my thesis was: "Object oriented compiler of SQL language".

I'm currently on the 3.year of my PhD study (my PhD. thesis is: Fulltext search in large text databases :-). In the same time I'm:

To tell something about my skills/career here is stripped cut && paste of last 2 accomplished projects from my CV:

 - "Fulltext/workflow document management system"
    - Implementation of the document archive in heterogenous enviroment with fulltext searching and workflow capabilities
    Responsibility: project manager     Software: Oracle 8i (Intermedia Text), Delphi, BC++,Kylix, Apache, LinkWorks
    Resources: 10 peoples               duration: 2 years

 - "Time scheduling/calendar management system"
    - Calendar/Sheduling C/S management system (with PalmPilot conduits), build on top of the linkWorks
    Responsibility: codder              Software: LinkWorks, Delphi, C++ Builder, M$VC++, HotSync
    Resources: 5 peoples                duration: 1 years


Known languages:

Language Description
Basic was my first language – on the 8bit Amstrad CP/M 128 "machine" :-)
Asm this was my "Hey … I can do this" epoque :-)
Pascal the school necessity
C/C++ I was testing the Objects in Pascal and I was finding C++ and from this time I'm "C++ fan" :-)
Delphi My first job
C++ Builder My first big project :-)
M$ VC++ Huh … some Palm conduits, vxd, … mhmm …
Java/PHP only for fun && Web stuff :-)
Prolog some misc Expert systems for school :-)
Perl work in progress …. :-)

Any personal messages for the Source Mage users out there?

Try SMGL and you will never look up for some other lnx distro :-)

What other OS programs/software have you worked on?




vi or emacs?

vim :-)


wmaker :>


BSD, but because I'm realyst I must say GPL.

Strictly personal

Do you have any family?

Don't have time/opportunities to find girlfriend and get married :-)

What other hobbies?

Saxophone :-) (jazz is c001 :-))

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

Currently I have Skoda 120 (an very old car).
My dream car is Chevrolet Corvette ZX-2 in red color :-) (yes I know it's out dated :-))

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

If I release my foto everyone who will see it, will not be able to sleep :-)