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Robert Figura

Homepage: None exciting right now.

IRC nick(s): template

Role in SMGL: General user, general guru

Age/Birthdate: Born in 1976

Location/Country: Bonn / Germany


When did you first start using Linux and why?

I remember I ordered a slackware distribution on two dozen floppy disks as soon as I had a i386 system at hand. Why linux? At that time there were free bsd variants available but I chose linux for no particular reason. I did have access to an AIX system before so there was never the question whether to try unix.

How long have you been using the SMGL distribution?

Since around spring 2004.

What piqued your interest in SMGL initially?

With linux from scratch it was too bothersome to stay up to date. Some other distributions I tried had way too much glue. Didn't like gentoo. Then found Sorcerer but back then it looked like a dying project to me. Source Mage had a nice social contract, and lots of friendly traffic.

What future do you personally see for SMGL?

Source Mage has improved a lot since I first tried it. Many exciting technologies got implemented and all in all it is the most stable distribution I ever had installed. Let's keep it that way.

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

I studied CS in Bonn and spent ten years as a freelancer in projects of varying size. Usually as a programmer but occasionally also responsible for technical design, architecture or technical project management. Topics included reverse engineering, data mining, content management, network programming and even openGL vizualizations. I also did some research on metaprogramming and plugin architectures.

Any personal messages for the Source Mage users out there?

This is a great community, keep the spirit!

If you don't know it, come, join and participate!

What other OS programs/software have you worked on?

Linux, Plan9, Irix, IBM RS-6000, avoided Windows where feasible. Can write and read 15 programming languages fluently and have toyed around with many more.


vi or emacs?

Started with emacs but am using vi more and more.


No, thanks.



Strictly personal

Do you have any family?

Of course.

What other hobbies?

Table soccer, go, math