Getting to know your portmgr-lurker — Frederic Culot
Inspiration for your IRC nick
lack of inspiration actually…
TLD of origin
Current TLD (if different from above)
IT consultant in the banking sector in Luxembourg, but I don’t always do IT.
I am also interested in business and management and my wife and I are working
on starting our own business.
When did you join portmgr@
Joined FreeBSD as a committer in October 2010 and the portmgr-lurkers program in
March 2014, but never been part of portmgr@.
http://people.freebsd.org/~culot is the closest thing I have to a blog
Inspiration for using FreeBSD
I was a longtime OpenBSD user until I worked in the same company as clement@
(former portmgr) who successfully managed to convert me to FreeBSD. I did not
feel the need to look into another system since then.
Who was your first contact in FreeBSD
clement@. But when I really started to get involved in FreeBSD it was jadawin@
who first contacted me. He is one of the kindest person I ever worked with and
while we’ve known each others for about 4 years now I’ve never been able to
meet him in person. But that’s the way it is with projects such as FreeBSD:
teams are virtual and gathering together might be difficult unfortunately.
Who was your mentor(s)
My mentors were sahil@ and wen@. Thanks to them I believe my mentorship at
FreeBSD was the best induction program I ever experienced. I was also amused to
realize that whereas companies spend huge amounts to design reward systems, it
is sometimes when nothing is to be expected in return that people are the most
caring and helpful.
What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD
My first pointy hat: a bit after my first 700 commits when I started to feel
confident I finally managed to break INDEX :’(
Boxers / Briefs / other
Any 15-year old single material does it.
What is your role in your circle of friends
uncork the bottles usually…
vi(m) / emacs / other
What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD
The people behind it. There are lots of great guys behind this project, and a
day when I could not meet with other developers on irc is a sad day for me :’(
But FreeBSD is also one of my sources of inspiration when it comes to how
organizations behave and innovate (which is a topic of interest I got into
during my MBA studies) and I find it very interesting to compare FreeBSD with
the for-profit companies I work for. I even wrote an article for BSDmag in case
some would also be interested in those aspects:
> Favourite musician/band
I don’t listen to much music. The cause might be that I work in a very noisy
environment (large open-space), so I more and more enjoy silence and calm when
I’m back home. But recently when I listen to music I enjoy Moby’s “wait for me”
album (ambient edition), Erik Mongrain, or a bit of merengue to remind me of my
What book do you have on your bedside table
Nietzsche’s Thus spoke Zarathoustra.
I even extracted my favorite quotes and created the
coffee / tea / other
Both, depends on the time of day
Do you have a guilty pleasure
To enjoy a 7-course meal with my wife at a 3-star michelin restaurant and
finish relaxing in a club chair in front of the fireplace with a 40 years old
How would you describe yourself
Sober, clever, and motivated in the morning.
Drunk, stupid, and depressed in the evening.
Or is it the opposite?
sendmail / postfix / other
sendmail as it’s in base, but not for long apparently so I could have to make a
more reasoned choice soon
Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD
Sports (I go to the gym almost everyday day, did quite some scuba diving and
snowboarding when I was younger), but I enjoy good food and wine when I’m done
training. I also enjoy traveling. My last trips were to India, Dominican
Republic, and Lapland: so many nice places to visit!
What is your favourite TV show
My favorites to day are twin peaks, the prisoner, and battlestar galactica
Claim to Fame
I spent one night at the pub with bapt@, and survived.
What did you have for breakfast today
oat flakes with water
What sports team do you support
If you want to torture me, just fasten me in front of the TV with a soccer game
on. I could even confess I enjoy tabthorpe’s jokes just to shorten the ordeal.
<Editors note: I have know idea what he means by this :>
What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD
Apart from my work on ports I also did some French translations (translated
the contributing-ports, linux-users, and building-products articles). I also
try to participate in IT exhibits and promote FreeBSD by managing booths such
as at Solutions Linux Paris for which I designed a poster to attract visitors:
But most importantly I offer beers and whisky to other FreeBSD developers when
I meet them
What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know
I actually enjoy tabthorpe’s jokes. Sometimes.
<Editor’s note: again, no clue what he is talking about :>
Any parting words you want to share
I repeat it but my main motivation to work on this project is to get in touch
with other FreeBSD enthusiasts, so do not hesitate to ping me on irc if you
feel like sharing some of your thoughts with me. I would be most pleased.
What is your .sig at the moment