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People of openSUSE: Manu Gupta

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Nickname: manugupt1 over www and Manu in the real world
Homepage:
Blog: Http://sysbytes.wordpress.com
Favorite season: Monsoon
Motto: Live life with jest

Please introduce yourself!

My name is Manu, I am 21 years old and I live in India. I am currently in my final year of graduation in computer science. My native language is Hindi. During my free time, I participate in openSUSE Project and hang out with friends, watch movies and do other stuff.

When and why did you start using openSUSE/SUSE Linux?

I started using openSUSE around 2 years back. I started to use it out of fascination and to learn about Linux as much as I can. Earlier I used Ubuntu and Fedora too but openSUSE caught my attention. I realized it to be a wonderful operating system that furnished my needs.

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