A couple of you out there may already know, a lot of crazy things have been happening in my life lately. But before I bore you all to death with that kind of stuff, please allow me to summarize how I came to VL and what VL has done for me.
It was some time in May of 2006, when I was sitting in my old office in front of my workstation that ran... you guessed it... WinXP. I had been using Wind OS since the first Computer I ever saw... back in the early 90's when the boxes didn't have hard drives, you used to pop in a large floppy disc to boot into DOS and go from there... if you had Wind OS installed you had a GUI
else you had the command prompt!
So there I was, trying to look for something different.... something out of the ordinary as I had gotten bored with the popular system.
I had tried RedHat around 2004... can't remember which version, because honestly, couldn't even boot the dang thing, so I gave up on it... (There goes $60.00 I'll never see again).
This time, I decided to look into Linux again, and decided to open the window, and look at a few of the many available flavors. And so it began.
I began running CoLinux inside windows. CoLinux works like a virtual machine type of deal, you feed it distro images. They have Debian and Gentoo images. I used Debian inside CoLinux for a while, but running that and a full blown windows XP install simultaneously on the old P4 with 512MB RAM is not a pretty picture. So I went back distro hunting.
I remember coming across http://www.linux.org
. I used that to search for a "minimalistic" distro. Vl popped right up. Read a bit about it, and saw a couple of screenies (5.1 At the time), and went for the ISO.
So there I was, a complete Linux n00b with an ISO that I didn't even know how to burn. And so, I turned to the VL community in the old forums. I was greeted nicely, and offered help with the usual n00b questions I had. From burning the iso to installing to configuring.
After that, I just kinda stuck to VL... Totally loved the dang thing... About 6 months after my initial install, that I started looking at the Dynamite releases, and helping the vectelopers test stuff, build stuff for the new releases, and also decided to concentrate my efforts on bringing Beryl and compiz to VL.
The experience and skills I have achieved are absolutely priceless. A lot of it gained through trial-and-error hits, and b0rking a few perfectly working installs, but it is what it is... you gotta learn somehow! WHAT HAPPENS NOW
As I mentioned in the tittle for this thread, it is with great remorse that I'm having to step back a bit from what I love to do so much.
How did this happen? Why the change? you might ask.
I recently lost my job that allowed me lots and lots of time to spare for the VL development and my personal sessions of fun with the greatest distro I've seen.
I have a new job, but my new responsibilities are much more time consuming (at least for the time being), and I no longer have that much time anymore.What about vpackager?
vpackager will still be developed. I plan to keep coding gambas, and implementing new ideas and features into vpackager. I believe it makes a great application, and a really good addition to VL (some may disagree, but please do not start a flame war here
However, in order to accomplish this, I need to depend a lot more on you (the VL community) for testing and filing bug reports in an orderly manner. You can do this at http://vpackager.googlecode.com
. Click on the "issues" tab and you'll open bug reports (if any) or you file a new one. If we can get that organized enough, I'll be able to use my precious very few spare moments to concentrate my efforts on squashing bugs. I'm also confident that others *agem* easuter & joe1962 *agem* can also adjust the vpackager code a bit if needed.
So, as you can see, I'm not completely going away from the VL community. I'll be here every now and then, just not as much.
I'd like to say that VL has a great user community, and I'd like to stick some more, and maybe 2 years from now, the only thing I'd like changed is the VL version number (of course new releases) and the number of users.
Hope that was not too much reading for ya'll.
See you all around