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Terry K. Ross

Homepage: http://www.aliboom.com

IRC nick(s): qnr

Role in SMGL: News Guru, General Grimoire Guru, Tome team member

Age/Birthdate: 50 (as of pre-Nov 2008)

Location/Country: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA


When did you first start using Linux and why?

I started using Linux (Debian) and BSD (NetBSD) on my Atari TT sometime in early 1993. I started playing with various distributions on Intel machines back in 1996 when the University I worked for (University of Maine, Orono) sold me a couple of complete systems for $25.00 US. I've ended up experimenting with probably 20 distributions – some for personal use, others just to familiarize myself with them to go with my Linux advocacy, so I could help friends when they encountered problems.

How long have you been using the SMGL distribution?

I've been using SMGL since about April of 2002. I was introduced to SGL from a cover disk on a Linux Format magazine issue and liked it. Further investigation raised some red flags for me, so I decided to switch to SMGL soon after.

What piqued your interest in SMGL initially?

I liked the activity on http://forums.sourcemage.org and being the superficial type of person that I am, I liked the color scheme/raven – once I saw the 404 page I was hooked.

What future do you personally see for SMGL?

"Ask again later" (stupid 8-ball)

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

Dropped out of high school after 3 months. Managed to live in or stay in all fifty US states, and on all seven continents, what with hitchhiking and spending time in the USCG.
Career: Retired
Skills: Advanced typos
Goals: Confusing as many people as humanly possible.

Any personal messages for the Source Mage users out there?

Who are you, and why do you keep pestering my bots?

What other OS programs/software have you worked on?

Published a lot of shareware software for the Atari series computers, other than that, all my programming has been for my own use.


vi or emacs?

vi(m) – but emacs on my Ataris


Base libraries for both, but I prefer simple window managers.



Strictly personal

Do you have any family?

My wife Karen, our husky/malamute Alinak, and our malamute/samoyed/wolf Boomer – the boys are gone now, but I'm not taking the photo down.


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

I'd like to have my Alfa Romeo Montreal back. We own a Mercury Mystique and a Yamaha Zuma.

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