Happy Halloween, folks!
I'm from Prague, but originally was made in Ukraine. Got MSc in Astronomy from the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology. Now working as a founder and the CTO of a small satellite telecommunications company. We expand the frontiers of the Internet to very remote areas and help people connect around the world.
I've started on ZX Spectrum, but my Unix life began with Linux 0.99. Got hooked on FreeBSD since 9.0 due to various reasons. Mostly, I really liked the coherence of the system, traditionalism, documentation, the file system hierarchy and the Beastie. FreeBSD has everything I am looking for in a Unix OS for servers. I try to deploy FreeBSD everywhere I can in my company, mostly for serving files and web, and for monitoring purposes, and we've used it to optimize satellite traffic, however, some of our admins also like to deploy Linux boxes, which is perfectly fine with me.
The biggest usage of FreeBSD comes with that we are shipping small devices to all the remote sites connected via satellite, through which we can diagnose network problems, do M&C stuff, setup VPNs, shape traffic, and so on. We have hundreds of small x86 headless FreeBSD boxes deployed in very remote places in the world - from Amazonian rainforests and tepui mountains to deserts like Sahara. We're planning next installation beyond the Arctic circle next year.
I switched from MacOS to FreeBSD on my main laptop this fall when I've finally made it to look and feel like a Mac. More on this can be found on my personal page
. I am proud of starting my day with a cup of coffee and the Beastie. I miss some of the applications but overall, enjoy many other benefits, such as the flexibility to choose my own hardware, and the fact that I know what exactly is going on inside my laptop. Some of the free software replacements I found much better than commercial paid ones.
In the spare time I enjoy listening to music of all sorts from dub and experimental techno to Beethoven sonatas, a little bit of DJing, and reading on Eastern philosophies and whatnot.