As told by YouCanToo
What is your name/username?
My name is Anton. Most people call me Tony, though. The username is duskull, a digital creature that I adore since my childhood.
How old are you?
I'm 26, and pretty happy that I'm still young.
Are you married, single?
I'm single for now, still waiting to meet my significant other one day. Patience is the key.
Do you have pets, what is your favorite?
I'm absolutely in love with cats, all of them. I had a cat as a pet at home, but she died recently. Her name was Ed. She was a very loyal and very cute cat. I also love to feed and play with cats on the streets (because we have many here in Bulgaria). I try to help in any way I can so that cats feel comfortable and happy. My dream is to see more organizations taking care of homeless cats so that more people can own them as pets and streets won't be so full with cats.
Are you retired, still working and if working, what do you do?
I work as a receptionist in a hotel, which is located around a small town called Tsarevo, located at the Black Sea Coast. I love my job for many reasons, like meeting many people from all around the globe, learning different languages, making people feel happy, having enough free time to go to the beach (and being close to it), having access to cutting edge hardware and some others. While this is my main job, from time to time I help a good friend of mine repair computers, reinstall operating systems and creating small networks. My dream is to move to the IT sector soon. That's is my true passion, and I see a good future for it.
Where do you call home? What is it like? IE: weather, scenery
I'm from Bulgaria and I live in Burgas, the fourth biggest city in Bulgaria. Some say that this is the best city for living in my country, and I personally believe that.
View from my balcony
The weather here is rather warm the whole year (from -4 to 40 °C). In the winter, the wind is very strong, but snow is very rare to see. We do have beautiful mountains, beaches, forests and rivers. I'm including some photos of the places I like.
Black Sea Coast
Where did you go to school and what is your education level?
I finished university in Burgas, tourism profile. Since then, I did a course about Linux System Administration, and I'm planning to do Cisco Networking next.
What kind of things you like doing? hobbies, travel, fishing, camping?
In my free time I like tinkering with electronics at home (Raspberry Pi, Odroid), listening to music and reading books from time to time (be it digital or on paper). I like 8-bit retro games and (MMO)RPG games. When it comes to outdoor activities, I like to explore caves, mountains and deep forests. In the summer I try to go to beach as often as possible, I enjoy swimming and diving activities.
Why and when did you start using Linux?
My first encounter with Linux was in 2009, where I first met Xandros Linux. It was preinstalled on my Asus EEEPC 901. I remember that I was in a hurry replacing it with Win XP (7 was just too much for it), so I can run my favorite software freely. After a few months of using XP and trying to optimize it for speed and lightness, I decided to give Linux a try. After not much reading on the net, I met Slax Linux, my first official Linux distro. At first, I was only using it with a USB stick, so that I can keep my other OS and data. I was impressed that Linux could read both Linux and Windows partitions, not to mention the huge choice of open source software available. After realizing how open Linux is, I started to play with different DE's so that I could lower memory usage even more (just imagine how I felt with just 512MB of RAM). Because Slax is a portable distro I decided to remove Windows completely and give Debian a try, and it was my main OS for the next two years. Nowadays, I like to test almost every distro out there, as soon as it gets a new release (be it on bare metal or VirtualBox), but my main distro is PCLinuxOS.
What specific equipment do currently use with PCLOS?
I'm a fan of Dell machines. My main PC is a Dell Latitude E6500, while my travel machine is a Samsung N145P netbook.
Do you feel that your use of Linux influences the reactions you receive from your computer peers or family? If so, how?
Well, the answer here is centrally yes. Often many people ask me "what's this version of Windows?" or "is that Mac or something?". I'm used to it, and it even makes me happy. I'm always open to share my knowledge about Linux with everyone, and I can proudly say that some of my friends are using Linux because of me. I'm trying my best to help the community to grow. Still, sometimes I'm facing the compatibility factor from which some many people are scared. They just want to stick with Windows, no matter what (games, business software). I live with the idea that better days will come. Linux may be able to beat Windows in some countries, including mine. And about family - of course they use Linux, again because of me.
What would you like to see happen within PCLOS that would make it a better place. What are your feelings?
It must stay systemd-free, independent and up to date. I see a good future for it, but it is important that the community stays strong and tight. It will be always be that different distro that has its unique features and tries to be friendly. My personal opinion is that some improvements are needed regarding the PCLinuxOS Control Center - more options, better look and feel. Everything else is great.
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