In this interview, we take a short break from the usual, and interview a portmgr-lurker@, Mathieu Arnold. He was one of the founding members of perl@ back in the day
Inspiration for your IRC nick
Well, not very inspirational, but everybody’s been calling me mat since
high school, well, except my grandmother, maybe.
TLD of origin
Sysadmin/Developper/Network Admin/Stuff doer.
When did you join portmgr@
Ah, can we put a time in the future ?
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Inspiration for using FreeBSD
Around 2000/2001 I needed something to replace a Linux firewall, the
Paris team, roberto@, pb@, were advocating FreeBSD, so I went that way,
with ipf. We were so pleased with everything that, well, over the time
we switched over, we’ve been a FreeBSD shop for a bit more than 10
Who was your first contact in FreeBSD
That must have been roberto@ or pb@, don’t know which one
Who was your mentor(s)
What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD
I’m not sure there was one, maybe this year in August, when I added perl
5.18 and broke the ports tree in r324662 and fixed it in r324667.
Boxers / Briefs / other
What is your role in your circle of friends
Being the clown.
vi(m) / emacs / other
vim. What Else…
What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD
Hum, I get bored easily, so, things changing and going forward.
My favorite band of all time would be Dire Straits. More recently,
though, Moriarty, Of Monster and Men, Owl City, Passenger (Mike
Rosenberg), so, pop/folk/rock would be my treat.
What book do you have on your bedside table
Right now, I’m at about 3/4 of The Department of Mad Scientists, The
World Without Us, and about half of Cryptography Engineering. On my
daily commute in the subway, I read science fiction or fantasy. Iain
Banks, Terry Pratchett, Peter F. Hamilton, Neil Asher, Lois McMaster
Bujold, Charles Stross, David Weber, John Ringo…
coffee / tea / other
Tea. Mostly green tea, Long Jing, a bit of white Bai Mu Dan, and in the
mornings, some Far Too Good For Ordinary People Darjeeling teas.
Do you have a guilty pleasure
Like to cook, and to eat. People following me on instagram think it
should be renamed instakilogram because of me.
How would you describe yourself
Quiet, thoughtful, kind, witty, oh, wait, this isn’t a dating site.
sendmail / postfix / other
sendmail when cron’s the only one sending stuff, postfix otherwise.
Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD
Photography and hiking. (Mostly at the same time.)
What is your favourite TV show
Doctor Who. Then House, or The Big Bang Theory.
Claim to Fame
Ah, a long time ago, I translated linux HowTos, people are still quoting
me the white lies that I wrote in them, and I still try to correct
What did you have for breakfast today
Earl gray, a toasted slice of whole bread, with a touch of butter and
melon jam with orange zests, and a yoghurt.
What sports team do you support
Ah, so, sport, the thing with the silly people encouraging other silly
people running around… None, really, maybe the French rugby team
during the rugby world cup or the rugby league world cup.
What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD
Beside being part of perl@ team, I try to advocate a bit…
What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know
Let me think about that, and get back to you
Any parting words you want to share
I’m not feeling really like lecturing right now, so, no…
What is your .sig at the moment