These pages contain various pieces of information, tips, shell scripts that I gathered or wrote.

linux

My operating system of choice is linux. The very one I installed was slackware and it's still the one I use these days. I have used/installed other distributions in the past, including Red Hat, Caldera, debian, openSuse... But in the end I find that slackware is the one that suits me the best.

I also use live linux systems from a usb stick when I am away and I don't want to use the ubiquitous MS-Crap. These live systems are also useful for carrying tasks such as repairing filesystems, repartionning (non-destructively), or simply for using tools such as texmf, ImageMagick, etc.

One of my usb sticks is set up with a multiboot menu: slax, RIPlinux, pmagic, and grml.

There are also various shell scripts and other tips, tricks, pieces of information...

slackware

slackware is a source based distro. When you need a piece of software, basically all you need to do is just grab the source archive, build it (./configure && make), then package the result. In the configure process you'll know whether a library is missing.

Another nice thing about slackware is whenever you need to (re)configure something all you need to do is edit some file(s) with a plain text editor. There's no gui tool that comes afterwards and messes up what you've done or tries to impose on you what the default should be.

slax

I like the modules system in slax. No need to mount the gzipped filesystem to do your tweaks (and use cpio). All you need is build your module, then place it in the modules subdirectory. Next time you boot, it's ready to use.

I first started using some add-on modules from the slax web site. But those were of varying quality. One thing lacking in most of them is the absence of the script to build them from source.

I decided then
 (1) to build my own modules from source and
 (2) to always provide the building script.

In the process of writing those scripts I wrote a metascript to help me start with a skeleton slaxbuild.

texmf

TeX is a state of the art typesetting system. That's what I use whenever I need to output nicely formatted documents. It's good for letters, resumes, math articles, books... You can even typeset music scores. Most of the times, I use the plain variety (over latex).

art stuff / movies

The pages at the art gallery section display a few drawings, paintings I've done in the 1990s.

The movies section include blurbs, pictures of a few movies I've seen and liked. The four directors shown here are very different in style, themes, but they all share a great sense of cinematography.

Aki Kaurismäki is my favorite movie director. His movies have a poetic quality, a quirky sense of humor, and show empathy with the underdogs ...