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Newsforge: With Snoopy's Eriksen, the more things change, the more they stay the same

Jan 16, 2001, 15:58 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julie Bresnick)

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"Marius Aamodt Eriksen started the Open Source project Snoopy, participates in several others and volunteers at Linux.com. He currently runs OpenBSD on his ThinkPad 560 and Debian "woody" on his desktop."

"When I first phoned Eriksen, his roommate answered. He handed the phone to Aamodt who, considering his international upbringing, I was surprised to hear had barely an accent. He greeted me pleasantly and then took his mouth away from the phone to ask his roommate how much longer he anticipated being on the line. I could hear them speaking. The exchange sounded sort of paused and awkward, like they had just quarreled or more likely, were simply two kids brought together from different worlds to share a tiny dorm room for their first year of college. When his roommate failed to offer an estimate Eriksen added, "'cause they're calling me for like an interview or something." I was certain I had a bona fide teenager on my hands, but by the end of the conversation that one sample of graceless grammar would prove, besides his actual birth date, to be all that tethers him to his years...."

"He says he'd like a girl who shares, if not simply understands, his love of programming. He is fetching, well-spoken, armed with a charming accent, and even *sigh* plays a little guitar. It seems that his only obstacle is the guy-heavy ratio of male to female techies. That means there's a good chance he'll break a number of unsympathetic hearts before he finds the right one, so I tell him not to follow the book's procedures too closely."

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