Friends and Family

My friends and I have given me several nicknames

  • smc – Mainly used in relation to computers, not in any way connected to the company of the same name and easy to type.
  • Wölkchen – In English something like little cloud or cloudlet. I guess you have to meet me in person to understand why ;-) . Christian at its best.
  • Sonnenschein – Sunshine in English. By far the most pleasing name of them all. Given to me by Ruth.

Friends and Family

This is not a ranking or high score of some kind. Oh well. It is. The “Debian Percentage” (which I just made up) tells how much a person uses Debian GNU/Linux :-) . But I do not like one friend better than another one because he uses Debian more! ;-)

  • Katharina Fontius – My sister. She is a “Rettungsassistent” (and will go ballistic on you if you call her “Retungssanitäter” ;-) ). Someone to talk to in this bitter world.
    Debian Percentage: 25%. She actually had a computer which was Debian only. That is something I respect (and answer for ;-) ).
  • Frederik “drd” Reiss – My cousin. One of my best friends and actually the one who started the whole Linux experience with me (SuSE Linux 6.1, 1999).
    Debian Percentage: 97%. Uses Windows occasionally to play games but not that often anymore. A Debian expert.
  • Kathrin Tischner – I don’t know what to write. That she is the first person after my family members speaks for itself, I think :)
    Debian Percentage: 50%. Knowing her as good as I think I do, I think that free software would suit her far better than proprietary. She is prepared to take the plunge, at least if I “nag” a little more…
  • Ruth “root” Velte – A very good friend who sadly chose to move to Berlin. But of course there is instant messaging and telephone…
    Debian Percentage: 100%. Formerly involved with the organization of the LinuxTag, full time Debian user and knows all the cool guys :-) .
  • Alexander Brändlein – Student of the University of Mannheim. He does something I have deep respect for: studying to become a teacher. And the respect gets even deeper as I consider his aim: mathematics and computer science. OMG (the first, not the last ;) ).
    Debian Percentage: 90%. Uses a Debian box which I help to maintain for his work and likes it.
  • Simon Kiefhaber – A student at the University of Kaiserslautern studying electrical engineering because he wanted to study something “real” after three years of business economics.
    Debian Percentage: 95%. Where other people take a leap in the dark, Simon will say “Too easy, I’ll scratch out my eyes just to be sure.” He actually tossed Windows off his Laptop. Completely. My advice would have been dual booting. Whew.
  • Christian Hütter – Studies “Computervisualistik”. I am not sure how to translate this appropriately. Maybe “visualising using computers”. Maybe not. What matters is that it is about programming computer games.
    Debian Percentage: 70%. Installed Debian on his tablet pc. Wow! I am really impressed. .
  • Martin “mrt” Tritschler – Studies something related to computer science at the University of Kaiserslautern. It is embarrassing me that I just cannot get it into my head what exactly!
    Debian Percentage: 10%. He once did SuSE. That is not Debian but it is a start. But he also thinks Solaris is cool and Java is actually a programming language whereas both of course are just not true ;-) .
  • Christian Strozyk – Very cool guy, very good friend. Debian Percentage: 85%. Uses Ubuntu and is happy with it. His girlfriend needed a bit persuasion (“Software can be free?”) but he accomplished that.
  • Alexander Lange – After having learnt cook he now is a Saftschubse (steward… ;) ) for Lufthansa. Gets around a lot because of this.
    Debian Percentage: 0%. No offence – he is just not the “computer kind of person”. Could not tell the difference between software and a cashmere sweater ;-) .
  • Timm Hofmann – Former coursemate of mine. Member of the auxiliary fire brigade. That is a quality I hold in high esteem – especially if my house goes up in flames ;-) .
    Debian Percentage: 90%. Uses Debian on his server. Good. Used Kubuntu on his Laptop.
  • Florian Haas – Another former coursemate. He served his nine months in the Bundeswehr and actually liked it. How this is possible is still a mystery to me ;-) .
    Debian Percentage: 90%. Not Debian but Kubuntu. Oh well. Also has an account here at fsfe.org. Is a “convinced of free software” but did not use it until recently ago. According to Ruth that makes him a new, third kind of linux user: the ones who use it (type 1), the ones who do not use it (type 2) and the ones convinced of it but not actually using it (type Florian) :-) .