From: Wojtek, Sidnet | To: Gentoo Linux + Marcin Sztrubel (Avalon Foundation beneficiary)

Is “geek” the first thing on your mind after hearing the word “programmer”? Well… in many cases, you probably would not be wrong to think that way. It would appear that in our team, the role of the most highly devoted technological zealot is played by Wojtek Siewierski, also known as Vifon. It is solely because of him that our company project management system, Redmine, is now known as Nerdmine. Thanks to his special toolbox, Vifon is always prepared to handle any and all technological emergencies and his PC with heavily customised settings would most likely prove practically unusable to anyone besides him, and him alone.

Which open source and non-profit projects will we support in May thanks to Wojtek’s choices?

Gentoo Linux

Gentoo is one of the most flexible Linux distributions. It is a blast for experienced and demanding users who like to constantly tinker with their operating systems and adjust every single detail to their personal preferences. Thanks to the specific nature of Gentoo (which is based on source code instead of binary packages), many functions can be automated. As such, Wojtek does not have to manually patch and modify the software provided to him by the system. This tedious and time-consuming process is now a thing of the past.

The core element of Gentoo is its package manager called Portage. It allows the user to customise practically any aspect of the programs and libraries that they wish to build, in a controlled and efficient manner. For example:
“In the case of some programs, it is impossible for the user to modify certain functions, e.g. shortcut keys. But with Gentoo, I build the source code on my own computer. As such, all it takes is for me to introduce a simple change in the code in order to be able to modify the shortcut keys even before installing the program itself”, said our programmer.

Marcin Sztrubel

Marcin is a beneficiary of the Avalon Foundation, which helps him collect funds to fight his progressing muscle atrophy. Without access to special rehabilitation therapy and expensive orthopaedic equipment, Marcin would never be able to enjoy life on his own. This is the second time that Vifon has asked us to donate money to Marcin.

“Marcin is a friend of my mother. He requires regular and costly rehabilitation. He has been using a wheelchair for quite a long time now, but he never gives up and is still valiantly fighting against his disease”, Wojtek said.

The Avalon Foundation is run by a disabled person and its goal is to help other disabled and chronically ill people in need. Since 2006, the Foundation has been supporting such persons by providing them with rehabilitation services and enabling them to be more independent, as well as removing barriers between them and the rest of society.