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My page on connect-o-o before the platform was taken down (July 2021)

How can I get in touch?

How are you contributing ?

See my profile on openSUSE connect.

Who are you ?

A boy who likes programming, poetry, Chinese traditional martial arts, literature, food, and, depending on who's asking, Linux.

Favorite food?

Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mediterranean. And coffee which I grind myself.

Why are you always late to meetings?

Because I try to squeeze some last minute tiny activity into the last 10 minutes and it usually does not fit.

Favorite movies?

Anything from Kubrick, most Tarantinos, David Fincher, David Lynch, some Cohen Brothers'.

And games ?

I am absolutely in love with games which either are logical puzzles set in a 3D environment, or that create a deep feeling of intimacy with one's humanity. Some of them achieve both. What follows is my Very Best Of, games which I hold as works of art and would happy use to convey a sense of what we are to extraterrestrial forms of life. In the order in which I've played them:

  • Myst
  • Riven
  • Myst 3: Exile
  • Daedalus Encounter
  • Zork: Nemesis
  • Penumbra: Overture & Black Plague
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • SpaceChem
  • Portal 1 & 2
  • The Talos Principle (soundtrack)
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Soma
  • The Witness
  • Life Is Strange
  • Antichamber
  • Eliza
  • Her Story
  • Manifold Garden

Special mention for kids: Forestia

Puzzle games

You 3 most beloved distros ?

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed
  • NixOS
  • Solus

The future of Linux and computing ?

A rolling released distro bringing together:

1. NixOS fine-grained package management, automatic versioning and declarative configuration tools; with

2. saved-over-the-network snapshots; with

3. PopOS' or Solus' user-friendliess.

The 4 most important things openSUSE is lacking?

1. A community-wide semi-automated platform to follow what everyone's up to, in particular the recent changes to the infrastructure and communication services on which we all depend. Would also be useful as a kind of dynamically updates "contact list".

2. Better knowledge transfer within the commmunity, with real "apprenticeship" and "let's make something together" groups and meetings, where experienced volunteers would take novices on their shoulder and introduce them to how things are done in their respective area(s) of contribution.

3. Better internal communication, with "better know your community" bi-weekly news, interviews and live events.

4. More energy and vision from the Board, not necessarily to impose its views but to bless, gives visibility to and push forward specific projects in which it believes.

Your most beloved programming languages?

  • Haskell
  • Python
  • Rust

Claims you're tired hearing again and again

  • that Javascript is a bad language (it was, no longer is)
  • that non-FOSS software can be looked down upon (let's try to learn from good engineering, good concepts and good marketing instead)
  • that Microsoft is evil (it may be partially true, but try to be consistent and start bycotting all of Amazon's, Google's and Apple's product if you want to brandish that stick.

Why do you keep slamming people with how allegedly better to GNOME Plasma is?

Because it's true. KDE Plasma invites the user to explore new ways of doing things, exposing choices and suggesting alternatives where GNOME hides about everything behind glossy visuals, extravagant animations and glorious space wastes, soulessly aping macOS interface instead of questioning the assumptions behind it.

To be sure, it's not just a matter of customization; it's a matter of giving visibility to features which GNOME likes to bury at a deep layer. Here are some examples:

  • GNOME extensions and configs: you need to install extensions to have the basic capabilities that users would expect from a modern workspace. And you need yet another program to get to the so-called "advanced" config when a GUI would have been the logical choice.
  • Thunderbird (not GNOME per se but the same logic): if you want to increase the size of your messages list, you need to go under Settings > Advanced > Config editor, type "layout" and then pick the right result among a dozen to finally set it to a different value (which you have no way of previewing). If Thunderbird had been written with Qt, changing this setting would be a breeze.

Do you blog ?

Used to.

Can you show the upper part of your organic life support vehicle?

Here is how i look.jpg

And what about the cat you're so famous for ?

God's final transformation