My name is Stephan Schiffleithner. Most of the people that know me just call me Roedel.
More About Me
I was born in Vienna, Austria in 1984. Currently, I live in Tulln, a small town near Vienna. After having attended a technical college in Vienna, I spent my obligatory military service at Lower Austria's Military-Brass-Band and decided to study at the Vienna University of Economy and Business in 2004. At the moment I'm writing my diploma thesis on early economic theory.
Open Source Background
My first contact to open source software was in 2001 when I was searching for a replacement of the old Netscape Browser. Opera 5 was sleek and fast but didn't display all the wep-pages in the way they should be displayed. So I installed a Mozilla milestone-release. I switched to Open-Source for my everyday-applications and played around with Linux distributions for some time. I decided to make Linux my primary operating system after I had learned some Linux-basics by compiling and installing Gentoo-Linux. It took nearly a week to have Gentoo up and running but the procedure was very salutary for understanding the system's basics. Experience I hadn't gained from installing and using SuSE or Mandrake. Later, watching my computer to do endless compile-procedures lost some of it's fascination to me. I tried a completely new distribution, Ubuntu 4.10, and stuck to it. Doing some translations in Launchpad was my first direct contribution to open-source software. I can't remember exactly, why I switched to Fedora in 2008 but it was a good decision for me.
I do my work with open-source software mainly for ideolical reasons. That doesn't mean that I condemn closed-source and proprietary software but I like the way, open-source software is created and want to be part of that process.
What I want to do here
As mentioned above, the primary reason for using open-source software is that I like it's ideas and ideals. I'm not a programmer but I want to contribute to the the projects that allow me to do my everyday-work without having to buy proprietary licenses. So I think the Fedora Localization Project will be a good starting point.