Interview Gerard en anglais

Johan Lenglet johan at
Mer 30 Oct 11:07:28 PST 2002

Tant que je n'ai pas de reponse je ne souhaite pas publier cette interview.
Donc si l'un d'entre vous connait un "bon en anglais", il est le bien venu


> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : lfs-traducfr-bounce at
> [mailto:lfs-traducfr-bounce at]De la part de Johan
> Lenglet
> Envoyé : lundi 28 octobre 2002 14:50
> À : lfs-traducfr
> Objet : Interview Gerard en anglais
> Voila l'interview qui va etre postee sur Mon petit
> probleme est
> mon anglais plus lu qu'ecrit.
> Donc est-ce que vous pourriez relire mon texte d'intro et mes questions
> (entre les balise [b][/b]) et mon revoyer vos corrections merci.
> cf : la version francaise devrait etre en ligne demain (et oui je pensais
> pas que ma version anglaise etait aussi mauvaise).
> ------------------------------------------
> Hello folks,
> LFS user since years and French LFS translation project leader
> (sorry for my
> english), I wanted to know a little more about his author. This
> is why this
> interview will seem to you very "people" in the first part very
> targeted on
> Gerald himself, then a little less in the second or it will share
> us his LFS
> feel.
> [b] Hello you are Mr. Gerard Beekmans writer of LFS book .
> We would like to know you a little more. Speak to us a little
> about you.[/b]
> Okay, a short introduction on me. I was born in 19979 in The
> Netherlands and
> lived there until 1999 when I married Beverly  and immigrated to
> Canada. For
> a living I have done a variety of Linux related jobs mostly in
> the field of
> System & Network  Administration and custom Linux distribution
> development.
> Currently I live in Alberta, Canada and no, I don't have any children yet.
> When I'm not working on anything Linux based, I enjoy reading
> books (science
> fiction, fantasy, thrillers and action mostly),  going for long drives and
> hiking in the Canadian Rockies.
> [b] Where did you meet your wife ?[/b]
> I met her in an IRC chatroom in 1997.
> [b] Where did you live in The Netherlands ?[/b]
> I moved around The Netherlands quite a bit.
> I was born in Oudehorne (lived there for 6 months), then moved to
> Emmeloord
> (for 7 years), to Deventer (for 7 months), to Groningen (2 years at one
> address, 3 year at another), to Uithuizen (one year at one
> address, one year
> at another), to Oldenzijl (one year), to  Delfzijl. After I lived in
> Delfzijl for two years I moved to Canada.
> [b] You read many books but do you like to go to the cinema ?[/b]
> Yes, as a matter of fact I do. I watch the same kind of movies as I read
> books. I'm quite looking forward to the next Star  Trek: The Next
> Generation
> movie (called Nemesis) and as well as the Lord of the Rings movie.
> [b] What do you think about : antitrust, hackers and cybertrack movies ?
> [/b]
> I haven't seen the movie Takedown.
> I liked Antritrust, especially Antitrust's ending where Open
> Source wins it
> over <big company that wants to dominate the world through closed source>.
> As far as Hackers goes, all I can say I didn't mind it too much. Though,
> it's been a very long time since I've last seen it -  I can't remember too
> much about it anymore.
> [b] Do you like pets ?[/b]
> Yes, I absolutely do. From when I was a little boy until 3 years
> ago I grew
> up with dogs. My parents have had numerous dogs,  mostly cross-breeds. The
> last dog I've lived with, before I immigrated to Canada, was a pure-bred
> Rottweiler and he truly is  the best dog I've ever seen (which isn't all
> that common for Rottweilers. They have a tendency to become difficult to
> manage  dogs, but so far he's great).
> Here in Canada me and my wife have had a bunch of cats (the apartments we
> lived in didn't allow dogs so we never got one). We started with a
> completely white male kitten. Then came a completely black
> female cat. They
> made a few litters of very adorable cats. Unfortunately we've had to give
> away all of our cats because we  recently moved from Ontario, Canada to
> Alberta, Canada and we weren't able to bring our cats along.
> Right now we're not looking in getting new pets, but it's certainly we are
> keeping in mind for the nearby future.
> [b] What is your preferred menu ?[/b]
> I like meat a lot, including the more 'traditional' meats like beef and
> pork, but I don't shy away from the more gamey meats  like elk, deer,
> buffalo and so forth. Besides that, a pizza will always do just fine and
> most other italian style foods. The  one thing I will not eat are brussel
> sprouts.
> [b] Most of the time is it you or Beverly who cooks ?[/b]
> Beverly. For two reasons:
> 1) She actually enjoys cooking
> 2) This reason is probably more important: I don't cook very well.
> [b] How did you come to you the idea to write LFS book ?[/b]
> Back in March of 1999 (a few months before I immigrated to
> Canada) I needed
> to make some changes to the distribution I was  using back then and found
> that it was a major pain to do so. Whenever I changed something,
> often other
> parts didn't work  (properly) anymore because I didn't know exactly what
> depended on what and what the exact ramifications of changing
> things  were.
> It didn't take long for me to realize that I'd better create my own Linux
> distribution if I ever wanted to know 100%  how the system works. So, I
> started doing some research and experimenting.
> While I was doing this work I decided to document my progress as I went
> along. Initially I submitted those documents to a  Dutch E-zine I
> worked for
> at the time. I never finished those Dutch articles for the e-zine. I got
> stuck at getting Glibc to  install properly and decided to abandon the
> project at the time. I was about to move to Canada and get married a month
> later  anyways so I was pretty busy preparing all those things.
> Once moved, married and settled down a bit I wasn't able to work in Canada
> yet while my immigration papers were being  processed. So
> technically I was
> a visitor to Canada. It took about a year before I was able to work, so it
> was my wife who  talked me into taking up LFS again and giving it another
> go. I didn't have a lot of other things to do anyways. First I had  to
> translate the original Dutch articles into English, then fixing
> the problems
> I originally had with Glibc. In December of  1999 LFS version 1.0 was
> released and I've been working on it ever since.
> [b] Est-ce un hobby ?[/b]
> It is also a hobbie ?
> [b] And now how do you manage work and writing ?[/b]
> It's hard. I spend 8 hours a day working, then there's dinner for
> an hour, 8
> hours sleeping. 7 Hours left to spend time with  the family, do household
> chores and work on LFS. I usually work most on LFS on the weekends when I
> don't have a paying job to  attend to.
> [b] You never found job where you can work on LFS ? [/b]
> I once had a job where I worked half the week as a Linux system/network
> Admin and the other half of the week  working/developing LFS. But that was
> about two years ago, I haven't found an employer that will allow me to
> develop LFS in  the boss' time.
> [b] What was the book evolution since the first version ?[/b]
> In the very beginning the aim of LFS was to provide a book full with
> instructions on how to create an entire Linux  distribution including
> XFree86, windowmangers, and all kinds of clients and servers (email, web,
> ftp, dns, etc). A little  while later we shifted focus of what
> LFS tries to
> do. Instead of trying to include very possible program that
> people might be
> using, instead we downsized to just providing instructions on how
> to create
> a well-rounded development platform. It wasn't  for us to decide which
> window manager somebody should use, or which email program. Instead we now
> provide the basics: after  you have installed the LFS book you have enough
> software installed to compile any other program your heart
> desires. You got
> compilers, standard libraries and helper applications such as autoconf,
> automake, libtool, perl and all the system utilities  that any
> Linux system
> should have on board.
> [b] I suppose that the book is a good base for many other projects (or
> projects ideas).
> What do think about that ?[/b]
> I think it's a great idea. If other people think LFS is good enough to use
> for their own projects so much the better. It's  very satisfying knowing
> that LFS is deemed worthy by others. Or maybe some people think
> it sucks and
> feel the need to redo it  in their own way. At least we gave them
> ideas how
> to build an LFS-like system. The end result is the same: I'm glad others
> are using LFS.
> [b] Do you know some based LFS projects ?[/b]
> These are the one I know of personally because the authors have
> contacted me
> at some point or I was told directly by one of  the LFS developers :
> Bijax linux:
> [url=]http://bluejac
> .id/~nop/project/bijax[/url]
> Leetnux:
> [url=][/url]
> Kaladix Linux:
> [url=][/url]
> PenguinOnCD:
> [url=]http://www.lad
> seb.pd.cnr
> .it/~paolo/PenguinOnCD[/url]
> There are a lot more projects that we suspect of having used LFS
> as a model
> but we never verified them. There are dozens more  projects that sprouted
> from LFS that you can find announced on the various LFS
> mailinglists. Check
> the archives if you're  interested.
> [b] Are there exist some LFS translation ?[/b]
> There currently exists a French translation at
> [url=][/url].
> Work has started on a German translation but I'm not sure if it's finished
> yet. There is also an Italian translation which is  finished but not yet
> available online but will be in a matter of days.
> I've had more offers of translations but I've never heard from
> those people
> again so I can only assume they never started or  finished anything.
> [b] What would be for you the greatest award to LFS ?[/b]
> The greatest reward would be to see LFS used in more projects. The more
> people find LFS useful enough to base their own  projects on, the
> happier I
> would be.
> [b] What did the book writing bring to you ?[/b]
> It brought me a lot of things actually. I'll list a few of them up:
> 1) A greater understanding of Linux. When I first started LFS I wasn't all
> that well versed in Linux. I had only used it on  and off for about a year
> but after using LFS I really got into Linux and I now know more
> about Linux
> than ever thought  possible.
> 2) Technical writing skills. Because I'm writing a book I've landed a
> technical writer job about 1.5 years ago which was a  great experience. If
> it weren't for the book I wouldn't have been able to do so. I
> actually enjoy
> writing manuals and such,  trying to explain difficult concepts in easy to
> understand terms so everybody can understand it.
> 3) A large community. LFS now has a very large community and I'm right up
> front. It gives a sense of accomplishment and a bit  of pride too. I feel
> responsible for this group of people (the people using LFS which currently
> exceeds ten thousand users at  last count) and I want to give
> them the very
> best.
> 4) New friends. Through LFS I've met new people and made some new friends.
> 5) Jobs. My LFS experience has landed me a number of short term
> contracts/jobs which is nice because it's a variety. Always
> doing something
> new.
> 6) Helped creating more knowledgable Linux professionals. Using LFS has
> enhanced a lot of people's Linux knowledge and is  helping them
> getting jobs
> and such.
> 7) The LFS material is used in quite a few Linux academic courses.
> [b] Do you still have projects ?[/b]
> No, LFS is the only project I'm working on. I'm overseeing the
> ALFS and LFS
> projects too, but not very actively. All my free  time goes in
> the main LFS
> project.
> [b] What would you want to say or to do that you never said or done ?[/b]
> There are a few things that I've never done before that I'd
> absolutely love
> to do and they are about to become reality  because I just moved out to
> Alberta and live fairly close to the mountains:
> 1) Skiing
> 2) Mountain climbing
> 3) Mountain hiking
> I'd love to just spend a few weeks in the mountains, me, my wife
> and nature
> and go explore, hike, camp, etc.
> [b] Some people currently ask me if you really sleep. Can you
> confirm ?[/b]
> Yes, I actually sleep. Even the usual amount of 7 to 8 hours a day.
> [b]Thanks to have take the time to answer to my questions.[/b]
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