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Not the Gentoo Linux Newsletter, ricer edition

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Humor

In this edition we find:

Interview: Mark "Markey" Kretschmann

We've had some great luck catching Markey for an interview. For those that don't know him yet, to quote from his blog: "Hi, my name is Mark Kretschmann. I am the founder of the Amarok project. Amarok is the leading music player for the Linux desktop and one of the most popular KDE applications. We often hear it being called a "killer application" for Linux."

A short while ago Markey even branded himself, he now has the Amarok Logo permanently inked on his right arm.

We had the great opportunity to have an interview with Markey. Here's the result of our Q&A session with Amarok user #1:

What's your favourite beer?

Duvel, a Belgian beer that comes in three varieties, sorted by alcohol level: normal, party, end-up-lying-in-some-corner-talking-bullshit. I prefer the third variety, which (while fatal) also tastes awesome.

What's the best beer for writing code? How much would we have to donate to keep you coding all the time?


Ricing out your system

When you have a distribution like Gentoo that can be bent in any direction there's of course going to be a point where you ask yourself "Can it go faster?"

So here's some good, bad and/or ugly hints that may or may not speed up your computer. Of course mentioning most of those will make people ignore any bugreports you may try to file, but where's the fun in that?

Read it here




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