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Hello folks.

I found Nuxified by following a Link to SuperMike's Firewall-tut on LinuxSecurity.com.
I'm german, but live in Hong Kong now for a little more than a year.
Right now my money is earned by excessive PHP-coding and trying to care for this little Linux-server I got here in the office. I always try to learn new things, escpecially about networking and security.
I started with Linux around 1999, using Suse 6.2. Later I tried a LFS (don't remember which version) and now I'm running Slackware 10.0. But I'm planning to flush my box and put Slack 10.2 or LFS again. Currently I tend to go for LFS.

Well, I hope I can give some good contributions here and also learn some things.

So long,
reptiler

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Hello!

I didn't even know the article was linked from there. Cool Smiling

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I usually check there for interesting stuff every day. So I found that article and with it this forum.

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Re: Hey there.
"reptiler" wrote:

I found Nuxified by following a Link to SuperMike's Firewall-tut on LinuxSecurity.com.

We welcome you. I'm sort of new here too, and this site is fairly new as well. The crew here are fantastic in moderation and finding common ground. (...As if they were psychology majors in college or something!) We have a great culture here of assisting everyone from newbies and beyond in free software.

"reptiler" wrote:

I'm german, but live in Hong Kong now for a little more than a year.

Wow, that must be a sight to see. I mean, I've wondered what it's like to live in Hong Kong. I would imagine it has a lot of free software or open source opportunities and might be somewhat beautiful to live in.

"reptiler" wrote:

Right now my money is earned by excessive PHP-coding and trying to care for this little Linux-server I got here in the office.

I am always interested in how people are earning a living off PHP, my current favorite language. Since my programming job was outsourced and no one is hiring programmers in my area, and since my situation is that I cannot move from my town, I myself have a sysop job where I get to do Linux and PHP job scripting work at least 60% of the time. But that's okay for now -- it sort of pays okay and I get to stick with Linux and PHP. I also get to boot up on Ubuntu. The only really serious drag is that it's an hour long commute. However, where it gets interesting is at night and weekends, where I do PHP coding on a moonlight project that I hope to eventually make into a startup company. The software is a kind of CRM. The thing that I'm wondering, however, is what kind of alternative FLOSS model I will use to make it such that I can bridge the chasm between my current job and the startup job, and how to pay my bills enough to convince me that this is the way I need to go. With an emphasis on my day job to pay the bills, I am not able to have the time, currently, to make money from telephone tech support and email tech support for free software. I guess it comes down to too many unknowns about how stable that would be for my situation. The most viable model I've considered so far is a phased model where I move the company slowly from crippled freeware and full version payware, with minimal email tech support for paying customers, and then eventually move to uncrippled freeware and full version payware, with decent email tech support for paying customers. Eventually it can then bridge to call answering service and then perhaps a full time job with the ability to take my own calls. Anyway....long story short, if that's something you have an opinion on, please consider writing about it in the Nuxified Lounge.

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Welcome aboard reptiler! :smt038 I hope you have a great experience here. Smiling

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Re: Hey there.
"supermike" wrote:
"reptiler" wrote:

I found Nuxified by following a Link to SuperMike's Firewall-tut on LinuxSecurity.com.

We welcome you. I'm sort of new here too, and this site is fairly new as well. The crew here are fantastic in moderation and finding common ground. (...As if they were psychology majors in college or something!) We have a great culture here of assisting everyone from newbies and beyond in free software.

"reptiler" wrote:

I'm german, but live in Hong Kong now for a little more than a year.

Wow, that must be a sight to see. I mean, I've wondered what it's like to live in Hong Kong. I would imagine it has a lot of free software or open source opportunities and might be somewhat beautiful to live in.

"reptiler" wrote:

Right now my money is earned by excessive PHP-coding and trying to care for this little Linux-server I got here in the office.

I am always interested in how people are earning a living off PHP, my current favorite language. Since my programming job was outsourced and no one is hiring programmers in my area, and since my situation is that I cannot move from my town, I myself have a sysop job where I get to do Linux and PHP job scripting work at least 60% of the time. But that's okay for now -- it sort of pays okay and I get to stick with Linux and PHP. I also get to boot up on Ubuntu. The only really serious drag is that it's an hour long commute. However, where it gets interesting is at night and weekends, where I do PHP coding on a moonlight project that I hope to eventually make into a startup company. The software is a kind of CRM. The thing that I'm wondering, however, is what kind of alternative FLOSS model I will use to make it such that I can bridge the chasm between my current job and the startup job, and how to pay my bills enough to convince me that this is the way I need to go. With an emphasis on my day job to pay the bills, I am not able to have the time, currently, to make money from telephone tech support and email tech support for free software. I guess it comes down to too many unknowns about how stable that would be for my situation. The most viable model I've considered so far is a phased model where I move the company slowly from crippled freeware and full version payware, with minimal email tech support for paying customers, and then eventually move to uncrippled freeware and full version payware, with decent email tech support for paying customers. Eventually it can then bridge to call answering service and then perhaps a full time job with the ability to take my own calls. Anyway....long story short, if that's something you have an opinion on, please consider writing about it in the Nuxified Lounge.

Oh yeah Laughing out loud

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Wow, thanks for all the warm welcome. Laughing out loud
It's really cool here in Hong Kong. It's really awesome to see these impressive sky-scrapers. In Germany the "common tall building" has like ten floors. There are also higher ones, but not so many.
My PHP- and Linux-experience is really something I could get a good foot into that company, but still the situation is a little funny. I'm basically just here for training and already extended my visa. Currently my status is, that when I don't find another job I can't continue to work in that company. Having in mind that I'm the only one here knowing about PHP and Linux, and the portal I'm working on still not ready (everytime it's ready somebody wants some big changes which require really ugly hacks in the existing code) that makes a funny situation. They say they'd get rid of me, but would most propably hire somebody else to continue my work. Pretty weird, isn't it?
So I'm currently looking around for Linux- and/or PHP-related jobs here. In case somebody of you knows somebody who knows somebody else who knows about some job of that sort here I'd be glad to get a small notice about that. Smiling

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Hey welcome!

Take a look at irc as well as the resst of the libervisnetwork!

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Welcome form Wales!

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"reptiler" wrote:

In Germany the "common tall building" has like ten floors.

how true... damn building restrictions. Did I welcome you here ? w/e. Welcome !

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Thanks again for all the warm welcome.

Yes, building restrictions...
Here they build skyscrapers with 40 or more floors on the slope of the hill and in germany you wouldn't even be allowed to put up a dog's house there.

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