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PCLinuxOS Family Member Spotlight: Phil

As told to YouCanToo

What is your name/username?

A very rare picture of me taken in approximately 1989 when flying in
France at Lac Du Bourget (to the south of Annecy)

How old are you?
00111000 (56 for all those binary impaired people)

Are you married, single?

How about Kids, Grandkids ?

Do you have pets, what is your favorite?

Are you retired, still working and if working, what do you do?
I am on the scrapheap of life. I used to do office work. Now I potter around and try to keep active.

Where do you call home? What is it like? IE: weather, scenery
I live in the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. Known for the TT road races, cats with no tails, and a working Viking Parliament (Tynwald). The weather is grey and cold for seven month of the year, and tepid for the rest. Once or twice a year the sun comes out, known as summer.

Isle of Man - A thick bank of sea mist partially covering the Town of Peel.

Isle of Man TT Races

Where did you go to school and what is your education level?
I got sent away to school in a freezing England when I was nine, previously living in Africa. School was a very destructive process for me. I served my time. I did not do well academically. I got a few professional qualifications once in work.

What kind of things you like doing? hobbies, travel, fishing, camping?
I used to have many obsessions, including flying hang gliders. These days I potter doing whatever I wish. I lived in Africa and the Far East when I was young. I travelled around the world in 1998/99, and after that ended up working in the Caribbean for three years. I visit European countries quite often. Long distance travel is too much or a problem these days. I may go further afield one winter.

Why and when did you start using Linux?
My journey towards Linux started with a ZX81, then on to a ZX Spectrum a year later. In 1988 I got an Amiga 500 and in 1992 an Amiga 1200 when Commodore went bust. There seemed no point in getting a PC or Apple. I did my first website in 1994 which was hosted on an domain (thanks, Roger S). Upon my return from the Caribbean I found a place in London which could provide me with a Linux box with Suse 8.2 installed. I stuck with that until Suse 10, when Novell started to do bad things in my opinion. I tried many other distributions which never quite worked for me. A "live" disk with PCLinuxOS 0.93 caught my eye. I was astounded by the transparent bottom panel, and the Control Centre made life easy. I still look at other distributions out of curiosity. I always recommend PCLinuxOS.

What specific equipment do currently use with PCLOS?
I have a desktop with a large screen for my daily ruminations. I have a small netbook when I travel. Nothing I have is cutting edge, and yet it works very nicely. For peace of mind I backup my files and system.

What would you like to see happen within PCLOS that would make it a better place. What are your feelings?
PCLinuxOS is very comfortable for me, it just works and is reliable. Of course there are the occasional glitches, that is inevitable. I have backups so I do not worry about this. It has a comprehensive selection of software, a good selection of desktops, and it has ethics. I trust the judgement of the developers when hard decisions need to be made.

The crown jewel in my opinion is the forum. If someone has an issue there are many clever people who can help. Unlike other hostile forums the moderators ensure bad and abusive postings are removed. Occasionally I can answer some issues.

I also like the magazine which has a variety of articles and tutorials, and which is fun.

I always mention Linux and PCLinuxOS as needed. These days I am less of an evangelist and I leave it to those who care listen to do something for themselves.

PCLinuxOS Family Member Spotlight is an exclusive, monthly column by YouCanToo, featuring PCLinuxOS forum member. This column will allow "the rest of us" to get to know our forum family members better, and will give those featured an opportunity to share their PCLinuxOS story with the rest of the world.

If you would like to be featured in PCLinuxOS Family Member Spotlight, please send a private message to youcantoo, parnote or Meemaw in the PCLinuxOS forum expressing your interest.

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