Getting to know your portmgr@ — Joe Marcus Clarke
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
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
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
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