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About Me edit
My name is Lars Vogdt (formerly Rupp - yes, I've married on 2006-12-29!) and I work for SUSE Linux in Nuremberg as team lead of the BuildOPS team.
Currently I'm responsible for
- all the "HR-stuff" for my team
- providing the OBS infrastructure for SUSE Engineering and Innovation in our offices around the world
- helping packagers with their packages,
- maintaining my own packages (osc my pkg | wc -l => 800 :-)
I've studied German and History to become a teacher - but never finished (puh ;-). But in my hands-on trainings I often checked the computer rooms in schools and most of them were (and are!) unusable. So I decided to create a school server - and joined an existing team named GEE-Server, they used a S.u.S.E. Linux 6.3, Webmin and some special scripts to create an "easy-to-go" server for schools. We implement some additional features and provided updates until 2006. I went to SuSE, when the management decided to create a school server in partnership with the City Fürth in 2003. This product was sadly outsourced in 2005/2006 - and became the Open School Server, supported by Extis. It is still available and runs in many, many schools in Europe.
As my wife is a teacher on a secondary school, I help her with the computers in her school, as a matter of course - and migrated her first school completely to openSUSE (2 Terminal-Servers, 50 Clients, 300 people).
I think my most visible contribution to openSUSE was the education Project. This included packaging, writing documentation, hosting http://www.opensuse-education.org/ and maintaining/develop the infrastructure behind it. As I had not enough time any longer, I decided to abandon the project - with the result that the whole project drifted apart. I'm still sad about that. But I also hope to find time (again) in the future to restart the project and overhaul the setup.
Real life hobbies
Yes, I still have some ;-)
I learned diving (CMAS) during my study. I'm also a trained lifeguard (I earned money as student with this -- and Truck driving ;-) Wind- and Kite surfer and liked driving my motorcycle. Other hobbies are small (electric) handicraft works, photography, reading books, cooking, having fun with my friends...
But the major hobby since the last years: my wife and my two kids!