Knoppix founder Klaus Knopper interview
Dec 04, 2009, 16:31 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Any funny stories or other things that happened when
you were at the university?
"I was known to often state: "I hate computers, they are stupid,
ill-designed, incompatible and start failing as soon as you start
relying on them." I can still stand by this statement, since I'm
more of a person who uses software for real work and fun,
regardless of which hardware it runs on, and I'm in no way a
'computer freak'. I enjoy times when I am away from computers.
Unfortunately, this has become difficult these days.
"You were a founding member of the UNIX-AG at the University of
Kaiserslautern. Would you like to tell us something about that?
"In 1990, it was not common at our university to have internet
access as a student, especially not for students of the informatics
faculty, strangely. The only computers connected to the internet
were UNIX boxes, so naturally, there was a high interest in
self-education of this operating system and its possibilities for
students who did not have UNIX as part of their regular lectures.
With some budget from the German government, we founded a students
association with the goal of education in modern computer and