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Sandro "red" Mathys

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About myself

Sandro Mathys
  • Name: Sandro Mathys
  • Nickname: red_alert or red
  • 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: (Fedora / Red Hat Enterprise) Linux Systems Engineer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland
  • Certifications: RHCT and RHCE
  • Awards: European RHCE of the Year 2010


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 in my very humble opinion it's not as user friendly as KDE. Of course anyone else could very well feel different about that point.

IF KDE seems a bit of a overkill (on a netbook for example), 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

  • 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)
  • Spread the word about Fedora
  • Get some feedback about Fedora
  • Used to be a Fedora Ambassador and is still often seen at events
  • Used to help the infrastructure team with some small Fedora Hosted related tasks


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

Future events

Passed events

Other work done