David Melik

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dchmelik
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Joined: 02/01/2009
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Peace be with you,

I started learning computer science (CS) in 1994 on a Ti-85, and next year I became a DOS programmer. I learned Unix/Linux in 1997, but at the time I thought I was going to be an art/architecture student and secondarily a CS one. Now I see myself as a Philosophy student studying all hardest science I can, i.e. liberal arts trivium (language, logic, etc.,) math and within that CS (majoring in the latter 2.) I am still an artist, musician, demoscener and I am mainly here to both give support and ask questions because Free Software Philosophy is CS engineering ethics.

BSD and Slackware (the oldest surviving Linux) are what I have used since '97 (and Slamd64 always.) I used Debian and NetBSD a while, and I used Redhat and SUSE at school but never saw any Redhat or Ubuntu install properly. NetBSD has been called most secure, but I think it is second to Slackware as most orderly, thus philosophically aesthetic OS. I like the idea of Debian but left because apt-get or maybe some package was a chaotic mess compared to the GNU installer in Slackware and its utilitarian set of packages.

I like asm, C/C++, LISP, Prolog, shell scripting, plain html & Quanta, Java, graphics, OS/kernels, databases, vi & emacs & SETedit/RHIDE, KDE (mostly) & kate & TeXmacs & Open Office, kolourpaint & GIMP, WINE & MadTracker (not its license, but also Renoise,) and FastTracker ][ (even though it was free shareware, because it was by young people before Free Software was as well-known,) and tons of math software. I do not like games (except deeply mathematical ones) or GUIs (because according to a teacher, 'user-friendly' must be programmer-friendly, not idiot-friendly and thus idiot-made--or user-proof as some say,) though I like the idea of SimpleKDE. I think the current idea of a kernel-based GUI is reasonable, but it would be better if programs used SVGAlib, perhaps SDL, and a better way of using system processes so one would not need X but could assign programs to consoles. Nevertheless I do enough writing & math that I do not program enough, so I am dependent on GUIs and willing to help people with KDE. Fortunately it can be about as aesthetic as an Apple UI, though it lacks a few current/theoretical ideas including perhaps some I comment on at kde.org.
Someone there said the awesome wm implements tabs instead of windows, which is one main idea. Another would be to be an integration of SVGAlib, emacs, RHIDE, and a screen border of tabs for system consoles and files including used by other programs, which is why I think a kernel GUI is reasonable--as a module, not something built-in except one day distributed that way optionally like the default 'huge' kernel.

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I am FSF member 3904.

David Sterry
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Welcome dchmelik to the forums. Thanks for providing all that detail in your bio. I hope that I'll come to understand half of the technical stuff you mention in the coming years. ;)

Hopefully you can keep us in line when we inevitably say something technically wrong or suggest some better ways to do things when we implement our technically wrong ideas.

I liked that bit about "user-friendly needs to be programmer friendly" because you could argue that those who write software (and text) for programmers can have the most impact in how computers are used. And why shouldn't we all be operating at the highest level we can?