Everything that I learned I learned by myself, in fact, I was a very bad student at school, one of the worst students that ever existed (well, a little less than that), teachers always told me that I would never be anybody in life. Perhaps they would have been right if I had followed their directions, but let’s rather talk about my story regarding computers:
I got my first computer at 12, but I started using “Linux” when I was around 19 years old. With no internet connection, surprisingly this was a time in my life when I most learned about Linux. One day, a system called Knoppix appeared which I really liked; a completely different concept, but the usability and environment was not enough for me and this is when I decided to modify it. I was very happy with the result and wanted to make a similar version to share with the world, and thus begins the story of Elive.
I was living on Belgium at that time, with a quiet life, disconnected from internet and totally stress-free, playing with the Console/shell mode on a very old computer (300 Mhz / 200 Mb RAM). Surprisingly, this is where I made the first versions of Elive. The reason why I worked on Console is just because I was never quite satisfied by the graphic system and I was happier with it, being able to do many different kinds of things (even watching videos, browsing the net, viewing images, etc.) A fun experience, in short.
After deciding to start making my own operating system, I needed to have a stable internet connection. It was then that I started dealing with lots of different tasks and requests / questions / problems by the users, and these have remained my most common tasks until now.
In the actual date I still enjoy learning new things, for example one of my last favorite languages that I learned is Ruby (and so a little of ruby-on-rails), I found it a very nice language with a lot of possibilities.