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People of openSUSE: Per Jessen

April 4th, 2011 by
Nickname: I don’t use one
Homepage: http://www.jessen.ch/
Blog: I don’t use one.
Favorite season: All/none of them, but I don’t like rain very much.
Motto: None.

Please introduce yourself!

My name is Per Jessen, I’m 46 and I live in Switzerland with my wife and son. I’m Danish and I grew up in Denmark, but left about 20 years ago and have since lived and worked in a number of European countries. Professionally I’m a software engineer, and have spent most of my career working on or with IBM mainframes. I’ve been running my own business since 2004. (more…)

People of openSUSE: Andrew Wafaa

April 19th, 2010 by

People of openSUSE

Your Full Name: Andrew Wafaa

IRC Nick: FunkyPenguin, FunkyPenguin_mob

Favorite Season: Whichever one my favorite team wins.

Motto:

Personal: Be true to yourself and learn from your mistakes

For openSUSE: Green the original distro colour, accept no imitations

Please Introduce Yourself:

Aloha, I’m Andrew Wafaa.  Most people call me Andy or Wafaa.  I’m a married, father of three living in the UK.  I’m a Scotsman born and bred in Aberdeen (The Granite City), but have some Egyptian blood in me, this led to my old General Manager calling me a “Camel Herder With A Skirt”, which stuck with me ever since.

Professionally I’m a Solutions Architect mainly dealing with SLES for one of the big service providers.  The title is all grand but I basically pen push now and do a load of documentation which is really boring.  Thankfully openSUSE is there to keep me alive and interested in life ;-)

What made you choose this IRC nick ?
To be honest I forget why I chose it.  I think at the time it seemed sensible, in hindsight I’d probably choose something simpler. Depending on which machine I’m on depends which nick is in use.

Tell us about your first computer usage and the machines that you currently own
The first computer I used was the family’s BBC B machine.  The first machine that was truly my own was a Gateway 486DX2 66MHz, I then replaced it with a P3 550MHz machine which limped on until a few years ago.  Currently my main machine is my netbook (eeePC 1000HE), I also use a Dell (D820) and Vaio (AR11S). I also have a pile of old Dells under my desk (Latitude CS & C600) which I’m most likely going to get rid of.

When and why did you start using openSUSE ?
I first started with 6.2 which for some reason came free with a magazine.  I didn’t really know what I was holding in my hand at the time, just that it said it was “New, exciting, and feature packed!”.  Duh OK, lets roll with it.  So I blew my Win98 install away without thinking (more to the point realising :-D) and had fun.  I’ve been on it ever since.

Which areas of openSUSE are you involved with currently and in the past ?
I originally started out as an ordinary user, I wasn’t interested in programming or anything else. I was just after something different and cool, and you cant get much cooler then the Geeko ;-)  As part of my involvement with the Hula project at the time, I started packaging.  I then got more involved with openSUSE, mainly the GNOME Team but to a lesser extent KDE (I like to see what’s going on around).  I slowly started to be more active generally throughout openSUSE.  I started creating easy install custom images for netbooks when I got my eeePC 701, which is how I got involved with Moblin/Goblin.  I’ve been a member of the Board Election Committee for the last two years too.

Tell us about Goblin. What are the areas we as openSUSE contribute to the upstream moblin project ?
Well for those that don’t know Goblin is just Moblin sitting on top of openSUSE.  It is very similar to what Novell offer for sale, and is close to upstream.  Basically openSUSE as the base OS and Moblin as the environment sitting on top, you have access to all the great stuff that your regular openSUSE machine can get.  As for contributions to upstream, we provide a lot of things.  One of the big things we contribute upstream is the OBS, yes they use an instance of OBS to build all the packages just like we do. We also provide code, a lot of the stuff that goes into the SLE version also goes into openSUSE – Kernel optimisations, application improvements (like banshee), etc.  Other parts of openSUSE’s toolset are also under consideration by upstream.

Will it be possible for us to see Moblin as a Desktop option with the openSUSE 11.3 Installer ?
That is my hope, although I may have missed the boat on this :-(  I’m hoping to see it show up in the installer but we’ll just have to wait and see.  Unfortunately work hasn’t been too kind with timing, and we were a bit late to the Factory party – there were too many blockers in the way before we could get things submitted.

Are there any areas where it will be immensely helpful for Goblin to get some community contributions ?
In general Goblin would benefit from the same contributions as any other openSUSE project – packaging, testing, translation, etc.  Currently I think the biggest ones are packaging and testing.

If someone asks you why they should use openSUSE, what will you suggest ?
First I’d ask what they use currently, and how they use it.  Try and get a feel for the issues they run into.  Then I would highlight how openSUSE can help resolve their issues and also improve their usage experience.  If they couldn’t answer any of those and just wanted and out right why it would be along the lines of – openSUSE provides a stable platform with some of the latest and greatest on offer from the wider open source community.  It is a Swiss Army Knife or Leathermans of operating systems; perfectly happy with whatever task you throw at it be it on netbook, laptop, desktop, server.  We are open by name and open by nature, all walks of life are welcome to use and contribute.

Share the most memorable moment(s) in your openSUSE community involvement ?
To be honest I struggle to pick out particular moments, I’ve had and continue to have a blast.  I really enjoyed going to the SUSE offices in Nuremberg for HackWeek II, where I did a few video interviews with people.  Going to the likes of FOSDEM is great, meeting people from all over the globe and catching up.  I think the best bit from my involvement in openSUSE is either going to events or logging on online and getting a good honest warm greeting from people.  I think from a historical point of view, my involvement with the first elected Board stands out a bit – it’s kind of nice to reminisce and say “I had a part to play in that”.

What application/feature do you think should be invented soon ?
I’d love to see a Troll Muting function.  Not just for e-mail but for IRC and also real life :-)

Favorite Movie Scene
Just basing on recently watch movies as I genuinely couldn’t choose and all time favourite – I’d have to say the trailer scene in Sex Drive.  I loved watching my wife and mother inlaw cringe!  I generally love all of Monty Python’s work and most animated films, especially Dreamworks & Pixar.

Favorite Food
I’d say most Mediterranean food, especially from Egypt.  Although I love a good curry too.

Which place/city would you like to visit ?
I would love to go to South America, there’s just so many places there I’d like to visit.

What do you think is missing or underrated in the distribution or the project?
The community is vastly underrated by outsiders to openSUSE.  Sure we may not be as viral and prolific as some of the other distributions but we are sincere and passionate about the Geeko, and I think some of the older hands are just sick fed up of the constant FUD bashing that they see and hear on IRC.  Relative to other distros our community is fairly young (in regards to influence/contribution) but that gives us more scope to grow and influence things.

You get 10 Million US dollars. What will you do ?
First I’d be boring and settle all my debts etc and put a couple of million into savings for me and my family’s future.  Then I’d buy every gadget I wanted (maybe twice in case I break one).  After that I’d probably travel, I’d try and meet all the people I’ve met online in person and buy them a drink :-)

Any other questions that you wished we ask you ?
Do you prefer Star Wars or Star Trek?  Personally I prefer Babylon5 :-D

People of openSUSE: Marcus Schaefer

August 13th, 2009 by

Marcus Schaefer is busy with Build Service, KIWI and SUSE Studio.

Every openSUSE user, that tuned graphic, used SaX2. The xorg.conf created with SaX2 has this line:
# Contact: Marcus Schaefer , 2005

Of course the sax2 is the best known, or better to say the most popular part of his work, but there is much more. The most recent project is KIWI that allows relative painless creation of distribution images (CD, DVD, USB memory stick, … ), and the KIWI is what powers up the SUSE Studio, powerfull and easy to use image creation service.

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People of openSUSE: Lars Müller

June 13th, 2009 by

Lars Mueller is one of Samba developers.

I have limited need for Samba which is the most often used way to connect Windows and Linux networked computers, so I couldn’t miss openSUSE wiki article. Wiki can edit anybody, so check who are the authors is part of routine, and I looked at Lmuelle.

He has universal views on Linux and openSUSE, and as you going to see, you can agree with many of them.

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People of openSUSE: Jim Henderson

May 3rd, 2009 by

I noticed Jim by his thoughtful replies on openSUSE mail lists and forums. He has ability to listen, understand and answer in the way that correspondent can not only find correct, but also understand, which is seldom found talent.

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People of openSUSE: Jan Engelhardt

April 23rd, 2009 by

Jan is one of silent community members that is active in kernel packaging and development area. Thanks to him openSUSE users have had chance to try stable real time kernel (RT kernel). He doesn’t take time to chat very often, but if you have problem and it is kernel related there is a great chance that you will have his attention, specially if you post your question to opensuse-kernel mail list.

His development home is suser-jengelh/, or recently added http://jftp.medozas.de/. The Build Service repo j-engel belongs to another person – Johannes Engel.

Jan mentioned that openSUSE 11.1 users don’t have RT kernel due to difficulties with 2.6.27 that prevented it to be ready by release date, but he provided alternatives 2.6.25-RT and 2.6.29-RT that can be found in either of his repositories.

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People of openSUSE: Jean-Daniel Dodin

April 13th, 2009 by

Jean-Daniel Dodin is openSUSE member since the very beginning. He is the first sysop of http://fr.opensuse.org and in general very active openSUSE and Linux advocate, both on and off line. The most recent of his numerous projects is attempt to revive the Linux Documentation Project which was sinking in a lethargy for quite some time before he appeared started reorganization, energizing people.

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People of openSUSE: Sascha saigkill Manns

April 6th, 2009 by

Sascha is active in many areas of openSUSE (Marketing, Feature Screening and using Build service for his projects), but he is particularly active in openSUSE Weekly News. More than 1300 articles translated and edited since October 2008th is quite some effort. That alone is deserving attention, but he didn’t stopped there and recently he started a new initiative in cooperation with Radiotux. The plan is to prepare digest of openSUSE Weekly News in German. More about that you can read in his Radiotux blog (it is German) and even more in his Lizards blog

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People of openSUSE is back

March 25th, 2009 by

We will start new round of People of openSUSE interviews with openSUSE community members. Just as before, the aim is to make you familiar with people behind openSUSE project.

We will attempt to give fair share to each part of openSUSE activity, addresing developers, testers, document writers, translators, art creators, user support on IRC, mail lists and forums, in marketing and many more. Most of them are known names, but we will also try to reach people that are not exposed to world wide public, but have significant contributions to openSUSE. They can be active in local user groups, or in languages other than English.

For this group we need your proposals with description of activity, some way to verify that, the way to contact person and translator if they don’t use English. You can file proposals on People of openSUSE, or you can subscribe to opensuse-marketing@opensuse.org and post proposal there. To subscribe please use links posted on the openSUSE wiki.

People of openSUSE

February 3rd, 2009 by

Who is this guy named notlocalhorst, FunkyPenguin or cb400f? Well, without people of openSUSE it’s quite hard to tell if you didn’t met them in person. So it’s a great overview to see what the people are doing, how the look and how the tick. Of course this will not replace the joy of meeting some of them in person, like on FOSDEM :-)

Anyway, Carlos the previous maintainer of the series can’t do it anymore because of time reasons. It would be a shame if we let it die … If someone from the community is willing to do that job? It could be even a small team, there is no strict schedule when to release an interview, and everybody will love you :-)

If you want to do it, just head over to the openSUSE-marketing list, there will be a tread called “people of opensuse soon” …

Carlos: thank you for doing it for quite a long time!