People of openSUSE: Jan-Simon Möller

Jan-Simon Möller

Weekly News writer and openSUSE member Jan-Simon Möller accepted ‘People of openSUSE’ interview request and shared with us some information about himself. Jan is also the maintainer of the hamradio repository on the Build Service!

Please introduce yourself!

I’m a student of electrical engineering at Leibniz Universität Hannover. My favourite hobbies beside Linux are amateur-radio/hamradio (callsign dl9pf) and being member of the THW (Federal Agency for Technical Relief). I’m 28 years old.

Tell us about the background to your computer use.

My first computer was a C16 with a cassette-tape. It was a funny time in front of the TV and a game of 1500 lines of basic typed-in from a book – pixels of 1cm x 1cm :D . My next station was an Amiga 500 – great games! I still like “Ports of Call” ;) . Next stations were all x86 with DOS, W3.11 and up.

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

I started using SUSE Linux at 7.1.

When did you join the openSUSE community and what made you do that?

I’m using openSUSE since the project started – it suites my needs perfectly. Even some gaming works now – ever tried “Battle for Wesnoth” ?

In what way do you participate in the openSUSE project?

Tim Fischer and I created the hamradio repository in openSUSE Build Service. Atm I’m also writing the Weekly Newsletter.Some more small bits and pieces.

What especially motivates you to participate in the openSUSE project?

The friendly and helpful community, the fascinating openSUSE Build Service and the fantastic distro!

What do you think was your most important contribution to the openSUSE project/community or what is the contribution that you’re most proud of?

Hamradio repository.

When do you usually spend time on the openSUSE project?

Whenever I find some time.

Three words to describe openSUSE? Or make up a proper slogan!

Rock-stable, all-round & just well done.

What do you think the future holds for the openSUSE project?

World domination ;) – just kidding! If we can improve 11.0 the way we did compaired to 10.3, then 11.1 will rock even more!

A person asks you why he/she should choose openSUSE instead of other distribution/OS. What would be your arguments to convince him/her to pick up openSUSE?

Just try it! You will find out yourself !

Which members of the openSUSE community have you met in person?

I met lots of people at LinuxTag 2008. Zonker, Martin, Christian, Henne, Stephan and many more.

How many icons are currently on your desktop?

Too many.

What is the application you can’t live without? And why?

Midnight Commander (remember nc.exe ?!!)

Which application or feature should be invented as soon as possible?

A good automagic 2-way remote sync-tool for my ~/Documents.

Which is your preferred text editor? And why?

mcedit as I’m really used to it.

Which famous person would you want to join the openSUSE community?

Lt. Cmdr. Data.

Which computer related skills would you like to have?

Some more C.

The Internet crashes for a whole week — how would you feel, what would you do?

Finally read the books I ever wanted to read and trying to get some contacts over amateur radio.

Which is your favorite movie scene?

Is it cold here, or is it just me?

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Trek.

What is your favorite food and drink?

Baguette, Cheese and wine.

Favorite game or console (in your childhood and nowadays)?

Ports of Call, Wing Commander.

Which city would you like to visit?

Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney.

What is your preferred way to spend your vacation?

Maximum stealth. I’d like to go sailing again.

Someone gives you $1.000.000 — what would you do with the money?

I would donate a part, travel and save the rest.

If traveling through time was possible — when would we be most likely to meet you?

Good question. I’m curious about future.

There’s a thunderstorm outside — do you turn off your computer?


Have your ever missed an appointment because you forgot about it while sitting at your computer?


You couldn’t live without…

Fresh air.

Which question was the hardest to answer?