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 and sid) on irc.debian.org. I use irssi (fwiw), though I don't suggest I'm IRC competent. 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.

I enjoy helping non-native English speakers fix their English (Germish?). 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, I dream it's creating ian m. banks' Culture. hellboy will be the first mind.

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.

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.

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. :-|