Interview with Milan Kazarka
Posted on January 19, 2012
by David Abbott
Milan is from Foresight Media s.r.o, who produce interactive Touch
Tables, that run Gentoo Linux. One of the products are a low cost
alternative to Microsoft's Surface. Be sure to check out an overview of their
products. Milan, thank you very much for your time. My first
question is this:
- Who is Milan and how did you get started with Gentoo?
- I guess I'm a product designer, developer, entrepreneur and part time
artist living in Central Europe usually in Vienna, Bratislava and
Prague. To be able to create inventions, new gadgets you either need a
ton of money or you learn how to do many things by yourself in a garage
or in my case in my atelier. For me it would be quite depressing to
‘just design' something :) And so I create prototypes, which I push
into serial production like my touch table designs. When I was 13 years
old I accidentally saw a magazine with a penguin. I thought it was a
cool logo of something. Then I saw it said that there's a free CD of an
operating system that I haven't heard of. I could not hack my
pre-installed commercial software enough and so I gave it a try and I
guess it's the usual story of many Open Source and Linux geeks from
there on :) After some time using various Linux distributions I saw
that the complexity and the number of regressions in many of them has
become so high over the years that I needed a system that would let me
stay in control and a system that would value it's own design. Gentoo
was a natural choice.
Be sure to check out the Full Interview!
Page updated January 19, 2012
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