I'm not a Number, I'm a FREE MAN -- Iron Maiden (Prisoner)
Linux User #380486
I am: Siddhesh Poyarekar
Location: India
Email: siddhesh (a dot) poyarekar (at the rate) gmail (a dot) com
Chat: debiansid@irc.freenode.net

My tryst with Computers and GNU/Linux

My first touch of a computer was in November 2001. I started, like most Indians, on a Windows platform. It wasn't until late 2003 that I got to know that there are operating systems other than Windows and there was one such OS called Linux (Ok ok, GNU/Linux ;-) ).

My distro of choice then was Debian (woody), which took me 3 days (3x24) to RAUTFM (read and understand the fine manual) after which I started installation. It took me 3 more days (again 3x24) to get the system fully up and running (with X, fonts, internet, etc.).

That was probably the first time in my short stint with computers that I *really really* enjoyed working with my computer. Needless to say, I was hooked.

Almost 4 years have gone by, and inspite of having tried Slackware, Fedora, Ubuntu, etc. I still use Debian as my primary OS.

It was only this year, however that I decided to work on a FOSS based project. Thus came AntiDialer. AntiDialer happened because I decided to coax my mom to move to Linux. The only missing was a GUI based broadband dialer. AntiDialer took care of that. And now, I am proud to declare that I have successfully converted my family into Linux users :-)

Academic and Professional details

My mother considers me an academic "under-achiever". I feel that I do Just EnoughTM :-)

I've completed my BSc in Computer Science, a degree I'm not too proud of. The reason for that is that even though I have successfully completed a Computer Science degree, I haven't learnt as much as I should have. I'm trying to make amends for that now though.

I've never believed in being a "XYZ Professional" (Java, .Net, etc.). There's more to computers than just programming languages. Programming Languages are just a medium to talk to the computer, and you have manuals aplenty to help you out with that. What's more important is knowing what to talk, so that you get the most out of your computer. So no specific technology specialization for me. I'm happy doing everything I feel challenged by. And it's not even limited to FOSS (though I'm currently more attracted to it); it could even be Windows based.