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People of openSUSE: Detlef Reichelt

March 8th, 2008 by

Do you know who is behind the PackMan project? Then it’s time to we present you Detlef Reichelt – PackMan project maintainer and openSUSE Member!

 

 

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Nicknames: OBS/Wiki: drcux, IRC: Detlef  
Homepage: www.die-mafia.de  
Blog: No blog…  
     
Favorite season: Summer, I like to spent my evening in my garden.  
Motto: Have fun!  
     

 

Please introduce yourself!

I was born in Emden at 18 June 1969. After leaving the school in 1990, I join the German Navy. Since 1994 I live in Nordholz near Bremerhaven with my wife and my two children (both girls).

 

Tell us about the background to your computer use.

Starting in 1985 with a Commodore 64, used for programming in Basic and Assembler I went on to buy my first x86 PC in 1992. Since then, I learned Pascal and Perl. Atn work, I administrate some Windows and Unix/Linux Server and manage the technical IT-Team.

 

When and why did you start using openSUSE/SUSE Linux?

Round about the year 2000, I bought a PC-Magazin with SuSE 6.4, installed it and used it for some time. Since SuSE 7.3, Linux replaced Windows on my PC, because I was able to configure my system on my own without a mouse. ;)

 

When did you join the openSUSE community and what made you do that?

In the year 2004 I joined the PackMan-Team. At this time I was looking for x86_64 RPMs. When I realized that there was nothing available, I rebuilt the PackMan-RPMs for x86_64.

 

In what way do you participate in the openSUSE project?

Nowadays I build my own packages for PackMan and OBS. I developed and maintain the PackMan Build Service with Pascal. Sometimes I support people in IRC and ML.

 

What especially motivates you to participate in the openSUSE project?

The great community!

 

What do you think was your most important contribution to the openSUSE project/community or what is the contribution that you’re most proud of?

I was the first third party packager who built 64bit RPMs. ;)

 

When do you usually spend time on the openSUSE project?

Only in my spare time.

 

Three words to describe openSUSE? Or make up a proper slogan!

openSUSE, Linux for all!

 

What do you think is missing or underrated in the distribution or the project?

A really fast software management.

 

What do you think the future holds for the openSUSE project?

A growing community.

 

A person asks you why he/she should choose openSUSE instead of other distribution/OS. What would be your arguments to convince him/her to pick up openSUSE?

One word: YaST!

 

Which members of the openSUSE community have you met in person?

I met many people at the last “SUSE-Release-Party” in Nürnberg, i.e. Darix, Henne, AJ and more SUSE-Guys, Pascal and many members of the PackMan-Team.

 

How many icons are currently on your desktop?

One: Trash.

 

What is the application you can’t live without? And why?

Midnight Commander, helps me to organise files on our servers.

 

Which application or feature should be invented as soon as possible?

I missed nothing…

 

Which is your preferred text editor? And why?

mcedit, I don’t need more…

 

Which famous person would you want to join the openSUSE community?

No one…

 

Which computer related skills would you like to have?

More skill in Python.

 

The Internet crashes for a whole week — how would you feel, what would you do?

Doesn’t matter…

 

Which is your favorite movie scene?

Werner – Beinhart: Holzbein Kiel vs. Süderbrarup

 

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Wars.

 

What is your favorite food and drink?

Pizza and beer! ;-)

 

Favorite game or console (in your childhood and nowadays)?

C64 -> Pirates!
Now -> Settlers 2 Next Generation

 

Which city would you like to visit?

NY.

 

What is your preferred way to spend your vacation?

Relay in the sun.

 

Someone gives you $1.000.000 — what would you do with the money?

Emigrate to a place with more sunshine.

 

If traveling through time was possible — when would we be most likely to meet you?

Here and now.

 

There’s a thunderstorm outside — do you turn off your computer?

Why?

 

Have your ever missed an appointment because you forgot about it while sitting at your computer?

Sometimes…

 

Show us a picture of something, you have always wanted to share!

(nothing)

 

You couldn’t live without…

My family.

 

Which question was the hardest to answer?

“Which city would you like to visit?”, because there are many cities, I would like to visit.

 

What other question would you like to answer? And what would you answer?

(none)

 

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6 Responses to “People of openSUSE: Detlef Reichelt”

  1. superppl

    I really appreciate your work. You know, even though you didn’t answer some questions, this interview still gives us great us great insight into your character!
    I think the interview was great, and I hope to see more! :)

  2. Ted

    Regarding one of your answers I heard on a ML that the new zypper to be used n openSUSE 11 is 10x faster, hopefully this is true. And thanks for all your hard work you have volunteered to do for good of the rest of us!

  3. Package management the only thing I still find a pain in Suse. I love everything else, but why do I have to wait 5 minutes for it to scan the repos for updates when I open it? Can’t it do this once a day in the background? I’m sure I could kick off a manual scan if I wanted to.

  4. vincent

    thanks. i love your repository. i wouldn’t have stick to opensuse if i didn’t find the packages in your repos. keep it up!

  5. Thank you for providing 64er RPMS in the past.4 I was one of the first in our Office who got 64er CPU and have to use a linux distro. So Suse whith packpan packages saved me much time instead of self building the software. Thank you !