Forum Foibles -- October


Neal Brooks was recently interviewed in the September issue of the magazine. I also had the opportunity to speak in depth with Neal and am happy to share with you replies in his own words from the forum of course.

I am pleased that you are giving me this interview.

Yep! You're brave!

There are just a few questions that were not answered in your previous interview.

Questions are a great way to gain knowledge. You'll never know the answer till the question has been asked.

Just share with us anything that you would like.

Okay. You can have some cheese. But stay away from my coffee.

Would you give us your honest opinion of Texstar?

Stupidity is alive and well on planet earth.

Well, we are all aware of Texstar's assets, but tell us how you really feel. After all Tex has had some terrific ideas.

Very curious results. Very curious indeed.

I am sure like most of us you look up to Tex as a mentor and outstanding developer for Linux operating systems.

Of course not! Why would I ever think that? Sheesh!

How do you account for his new releases?

All that brain bloat's got to be released sometime.

If you could give Texstar one bit of advice what would it be?

Next time use hammer and nails.

Yes, of course. But aren't you impressed with 2009?

Where can I get one of those.

Oh, Neal. You're just teasing me. I do want this interview to be serious.

Seriously now, who would take you seriously?

Neal, there are many in the forum who think I have been an outstanding contributor to the forum.

Thank you. Your willingness to share your knowledge has been a blessing and an inspiration to far too many to name.

And I intend to fix that. I want to know those names!!!!

Yep! Yep! Yep! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Fix it! Fix it! Fix it!

You work with other distinguished members of the PCLinuxOS team. What is your evaluation of their contributions?

I'll have another perusal of their documentation, but I better put on more coffee first. I'll probably need it.

I will be interviewing others about their ideas too.

I'd like to be in on that, if you don't mind. I know next to nothing, but I'll provide feedback or anything else I can.

I know they will heartily agree with that opinion of yourself.

Let's move on to the part you play in making PCLinuxOS the best distro. What are you working on at the present?

I've no further ideas at present. Maybe something will come up later.

Perhaps you are just in a little slump?

Happens to us.

Could you elaborate?

I should have been more specific. Just a thought - I'm no expert by any means.

Yes, that opinion is wide spread too.

It's nothing to be concerned over.

But doesn't it concern you that others are depending on you for innovation?

At this point, I'm at a loss for ideas. Oops! I guess I was wrong. Hmm...... I'll need to do some checking and get back to you.

Have you ever thought about retiring?

I'd love to!!! But funds are chronically low. Retirement doesn't come with all the extras.

It is understandable that your every package doesn't always go as planned. Do you worry about that?

If you like that kind of "Oh, no! It's broken again!" excitement, sure. Personally, I find other things more exciting.

What do you really find exciting, Neal? Tell us about the real you. What is your passion?

I love cats.

Hmm. Exciting indeed! We are all waiting and wondering about the future of PCLinuxOS. What is your perspective for the coming year?

I have a crystal ball. It doesn't give an answer to that question. Got another?

Neal, do you think I might have a future with PCLinuxOS?

Hmm...... what were we talking about? I think I dozed off; I can't be sure of course, but I think so.

Which of my many talents do you feel would be useful to PCLinuxOS?

Hmm..... gotta stretch my brain on this.

Perhaps I should wait until I am more seasoned.

IMO, this would be the better way to go.

Thank you for this interview, Neal. I hope you enjoyed it too.

We aim to please. I hope you get it sorted out.

I hope it didn't tire you out too much.

I drank all the coffee. I had a powerful thirst.

Neal, leave us with some final words or thoughts. What is your philosophy of life.

Nothing starts off a day like PCLinuxOS and a fresh cup of coffee.