Hi. If you're new to FLOSS (Free Libre OpenSource Software), Linux, or FSF (aka *nix) related software and wondering where to go next, I suggest you point an IRC client at #debian (for 'stable') or perhaps #debian-next (for 'testing') on irc.oftc.net. I use irssi (fwiw), though I don't suggest I'm IRC competent. This's kind of important to know as I've abandoned email/SMTP in recent years so IRC is pretty much the only way to contact me lately. Apologies offered in advance. Long story ... They'll/we'll either help or try to point you at someone who can help you with any problem or info wondering you may have. Please, don't be bashful; I've learned a lot by looking for the answers to your questions. Carry on. :-)

At least, that's my intention. I think everyone should be using what I use because it works, and it doesn't work against you. Call me paranoid, but I prefer my stuff doesn't report to others' motherships. Not your problem. I'm the one who's paranoid/nuts, not you, so please don't worry about that. :-)

I enjoy helping non-native English speakers fix their English posts. Tell me a URL in IRC, and I'll try to help. I've always admired you multilinguals, but I'm a dilettante there, at best. Que pasa? Bon chance! Kroshnit. :-)

My current box is an HP Core II quad tower, and the only thing that gets its fans excited is dnetc (http://distributed.net). Now, it's creating ian m. banks' Culture. hellboy will be the first mind. Hoping ...

I've been running and using FSF/*nix since ca. '80s (remember Ultrix, OSF, AIX, and HP-UX?) and Linux since (ca.?) '93 so I should be able to help someone by now. I hang (think sporadic) in #debian, #debian-next, and #debian-offtopic (irc.oftc.net and irc.freenode.net), though I'm still trying to learn IRC (I'm mnuhmnuh :-).

I once aspired (have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal) to be a Deb Dev, but I know my limitations, or I know my area. Yeah, I can code, but I'm a better sysadmin. A (hu)man's gotta know his limitations. No, a (hu)man's gotta know where s/he wants to go, is all.

Please, in IRC, ask away. You won't be intruding on my space. If I can find a way to help, it's edumacational, or sumfin. I love this stuff. Have fun! It's a moral imperative. :-)

Thanks Debian

My thanks go out to all in the Debian (and Linux, and FLOSS) Universe. The people associated have taught me mountains of valuable stuff down through the years, stuff that have made my life even possible in ways.

FWIW, I'm a sixties hippie "phreaque"; a hippie freak, not a flower child. We hoped to change the world; cf. Sneakers. It's an important distinction.

My favorite environment is a command line or a text editor, and these days irssi. journalctl appears to be growing on me too, and I don't really mind being shunted into the systemd era against my will either, except holy $youknow, it does a lot and learning it seems like forever. :-|