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Sandro "red" Mathys

I'm trying to keep my page up to date and include every bit that is interesting to others. Drop me a line if you have suggestions on how I could improve it. Also, I'm aware that my English skills are far from perfect - you are very welcome to help me if there's something wrong.

About myself

Sandro Mathys
  • Name: Sandro Mathys
  • Nickname: red or red_trela or red_alert
  • Location: Zurich , Switzerland
  • Time zone: CET (UTC +01:00) and CEST (UTC +02:00) during summers.
  • Year of birth: 1985
  • Languages: English and (Swiss-)German
  • Education: Graduate Engineer in Enterprise Computing
  • Profession: (OpenStack) Cloud Architect at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland
  • Certifications: RHCE
  • Awards: European RHCE of the Year 2010

Contact

Fedora and I

I started to get in touch with Linux back in 1999 and started to really use it about one year later. While I got my first experience with Suse 6.0, I soon tried several other distributions. Among all tested, I really loved red hat linux 6.2. It took me another year to finally make the change from Microsoft Windows to (Red Hat) Linux - still in dual boot, though. With the release of Red Hat Linux 7.3 I got rid of the Windows Partition and since then I'm using nothing but Red Hat Linux and later on Fedora on my own workstations as well as my own servers. I never stopped to have a look at new distributions or new releases of existing distributions - but there's never been one I even only liked half as much as Fedora (and Kubuntu being the only other distribution I could imagine to use on a workstation for myself). Since 2007 I'm an active contributor to the Fedora Project.

KDE and I

When I first used a Linux Distribution - as portrayed above - it had a KDE desktop. At that time, KDE was pretty ugly - even Windows 98 was more beautiful. Anyway, I didn't know many others and everything else looked even worse. I admit, that was one reason that kept me using Windows. But the different window managers and desktop environments have evolved, luckily. I still use KDE as of today. Maybe it's just because I got used to it over the years, but I think it fits me best.

Gnome is nice as well, but lacks lot of configuration options KDE has and which are very important for me. Of course anyone else could very well feel different about that point.

If KDE seems a bit of a overkill, I go for KDE/openbox or maybe openbox only. There's also some other lightweight window managers/desktop environments I like (but hardly ever use).

Activities within Fedora

Over the years, I've changed roles a couple of times for various reasons. I'm still somewhat connected to most former roles, though.

  • Member of the Fedora Cloud SIG, mostly doing rather trivial stuff (anything from package reviews to QA testing). Also involved in Packstack development (openstack-packstack package).
  • Package Maintainer of several small packages
  • Founder and administrator/moderator of the Fedora Project Group on XING
  • Trying to give as much support as possible (over IRC and offline)
  • Spreading the word about Fedora
  • Getting some feedback about Fedora
  • Former member of the QA team, mainly involved in release QA
  • Former proventester, mostly reacting to somewhat important requests in #fedora-qa or on the test list
  • Former founding member of the Community Working Group (CWG), left after the Code of Conduct (CoC) and the CoC Enforcement were approved
  • Former Fedora Ambassador, still often seen at events
  • Former member of the infrastructure team, doing rather unimportant, small tasks regarding Fedora Hosted

Events

List of events I attended or plan to attend in future in chronological order, earliest first.

Future events

  • OpenStack Icehouse Summit in Hong Kong, China

Passed events

Other work done