For this second interview we are going to South Africa to meet Buchan Milne.
When did you start contributing to Mandriva Linux? Why did you choose Mandriva Linux as a distribution and for contribution?.
While at University, the lab I was working in started doing commercial work, and could no longer use the site licenses afforded to the University (for the likes of Netware etc.), just at the time they most needed some real infrastructure. I had used Red Hat (6.0) while updating their website, but had been frustrated with the fact every time you wanted to install some additional software (that was on the CD, but you had neglected to select during installation) you had to manually track down all the RPMS (the –aid option to rpm didn’t even exist then).
I had tried Mandrake Linux 6.0 or 6.1 to try out KDE, and when 7.0 was released, which made it easier to install any additional software (via urpmi), it solved one of my bigger frustrations with Red Hat.
We used 7.0 as a file server, mail server, web server etc., but we were growing...
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