My name is Andrew Perry, and I am a GNU/Linux user. This is my way of keeping rants and ‘how-to reminders’ about Linux & BSD off the other blogs I write, since those other blogs don’t deal with that subject.
Since GNU/Linux-based operating systems contain an ever-growing family-tree of distributions, I figure it’s worth fleshing out some background on where my preferences lie. On the desktop I’ve used RedHat (up to around RedHat 6.2), then Mandrake/Mandriva (up to around Mandriva 2006) and now I use Ubuntu & Kubuntu. Oh, I used to use MS-DOS and Windows 98SE before RedHat, and still use WinXP/NT for brief moments at work. These days I also use quite a lot of Mac OSX. On servers I’ve used NetBSD and Debian. I’ve dabbled with most other major distros at some stage; most have strong and weak points for any particular application. Personally, I’ve generally settled on using Debian-based distros wherever it makes sense, since they typically work well, and not having to learn the quirks of yet-another-OS saves my brainspace for other things. For similar reasons, I tend to write any code I need in Python.