It seems people introduce themselves here, so why not...
I am doing research in Japan, though I am French and have spent 4 years in Germany. I am a physical-chemist and do both experiments and simulations/modeling. I have been doing scientific programming from my undergraduate studies (statistics in Matlab, Artificial Neural Networks, etc.) until now. I have "some" experience in Fortran and now prefer C++. (You do not need highly involved things for scientific programming, one class is usually enough and preferred).
I have been using Gentoo as my first and only distro for over a year. I recently bought a small and pretty laptop, gentoo was not suitable for it and it received Ubuntu (did not like it) and Debian (liked it) and I am now writing from a Mac book pro 2 (It may or may not see Gentoo in the future, when I have time). I have contributed a little bit to Gentoo, writing shell scripts and a small program in Python in order to return something to the community (nothing is free in this world). I also administrate a workstation, but t would need to be updated from Suse 9, however, I have better things to do than fighting Japanese inertia. Maybe someday I will just format it and apologize very much.
Using Linux is only my personal preference, I have nothing against Microsoft (they make very good mice and fonts) but I find their OS very difficult to use...
I do not know if anyone reads these introductory posts apart from the LQ staff.
And synss does not mean anything and I pronounce it like "sein" s (the French word for breast + s) or "saint" in French + s.
Last edited by synss; 07-16-2007 at 12:41 AM.