Getting to know your portmgr@ — Joe Marcus Clarke

October 21, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

This is the start of an ongoing series profiling members of the FreeBSD Ports Management Team.  In this interview, we talk to longest serving member of the team, Joe Marcus Clarke, aka marcus@


Joe Marcus Clarke

Committer name


Inspiration for your IRC nick

Longish story. Marcus is not my middle name. It’s Michael. When I was
seven, I came up with the nickname myself. I thought it sounded cool.
And there you go.

TLD of origin



Distinguished Services Engineer at Cisco Systems

When did you join portmgr@

Damn, I don’t remember. My email dates
back to 2006, but I think it was before that…



Inspiration for using FreeBSD

Another longish story. I was in college at University of Miami (go
Canes!), and I managed to procure an old x86 PC. We were going to
install Linux on it. I thought having a csh in my own dorm room was
just awesome. A friend ran into my room and said I needed to check out
this thing called, “FreeBSD.” Sure, what the hell. A few days and
about 50 floppy disks later, I was sold. I never looked back.

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

sobomax (Maxim Sobolev)

Who was your mentor(s)


What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

Probably the first time I broke INDEX, or my first release song, “Ports
Freeze Baby.”

Boxers / Briefs / other


What is your role in your circle of friends

What are friends?

vi(m) / emacs / other

VIM (what is this “emacs” thing you speak of?)

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

I really believe it is the best operating system around. I advocate it
passionately at work (to the point people thought I got paid to say,
“FreeBSD”). I look for any chance to install it. I love it when people
run network tests to my servers at work and comment how amazing the IP
stack is… :-)

Favourite musician/band

I like a lot of musical types, but I’m particular to metal. I’m into
Five Finger Death Punch now.

What book do you have on your bedside table

Print is dead. But I’m reading up on Python online now. when is
Stackoverflow going to publish a book?

coffee / tea / other : Diet Pepsi

Do you have a guilty pleasure

Call of Duty

How would you describe yourself


sendmail / postfix / other


Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD

I’m learning to be a pilot.

What is your favourite TV show

I loved House. I thought it was the closest thing on TV to be a network
troubleshooter. Right now, I’m big into Strike Back.

Claim to Fame

Tinderbox, I guess

What did you have for breakfast today

I only eat once per day. Usually at night.

What sports team do you support

University of Miami Hurricanes and Manchester United

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD

GNOME, Netatalk, wireshark, Tinderbox, and a lot of local sysadmin stuff.

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know

My North Carolina license plate reads, “FREEBSD”.

Any parting words you want to share

What am I, your priest?

What is your .sig at the moment

It’s lame. Don’t ask :-)

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3 Responses to “Getting to know your portmgr@ — Joe Marcus Clarke”
  1. gahr@ says:

    Nice interview, \m/


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