Bryan Cuneo





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About Me

Hey everyone. This is Bryan Cuneo, although you probably know my as dniMretsaM. I live in Ohio (United States). I'm an avid GNU/Linux user and a free software proponent. When I'm not messing around on a computer, I'll probably be reading, solving Rubik's Cubes, playing video games, or just having fun with friends. Although not old enough to vote, I consider my political party alignment to be libertarian. Freedom and civil liberties are very important to me, and I attempt to keep myself pretty up-to-date on related issues.

I have always liked computers. Back when I was 7 and 8, 2002-'03, I had a Windows 95 box in my basement. When I discovered GNU/Linux, it encouraged me to learn more about them and the software that ran on them. I feel as though I have learned a lot over the past year and a half of using GNU/Linux, but I know there is always more. Last year, my junior year of high school, I started learning Python 3. Since I'm homeschooled, I even got school credit for it. I'm currently learning to write GUI's using PyQt4. I find programming quite enjoyable, thus I have decided to attend college for a degree in software engineering, though I'm not sure where yet. Programming seems to be the perfect way to give back to the FL/OSS community, since I don't have the money to donate to projects/organizations.

Ubuntu & Me

I first stumbled across Ubuntu in early 2011 when I was looking to replace a slow Windows XP install on an old desktop computer. I installed the latest version, 10.10, and have never looked back. When Release Day rolls around, you can always find me doing a fresh install. When 11.10 was released, I made the switch to Kubuntu because the computer I was running wasn't able to run Unity 3D. I found that Unity 2D wasn't customizable enough for me and decided to try out KDE. KDE has become my favourite desktop environment, and I now prefer Qt over GTK+.

My Machines

System76 Pangolin Performance

This is main system. It was given to me for my 17th birthday, and it's going to be my dev machine in college. It currently runs Kubuntu 12.10 and Gentoo.

  • Processor: 3rd gen. Intel Core i7-3630QM
  • RAM: 8GB dual channel DDR3 SDRAM
  • Hard drive: 750GB 7200RPM SATA II
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Wireless: Intel Centrnio 1030

Dell Dimension 2400

My first Ubuntu machine. It has now been delagated to my home server. It currently functions as an ownCloud box, a torrent seed box, and it also runs Quassel-core. It's running Ubuntu 12.04, and I plan to keep it that way for a while.

  • Processor: Intel Celeron Northwood
  • RAM: 512MB SDRAM
  • Hard drive: 40GB IDE
  • Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE

My Community Involvement


Helping triage bugs as part of the Dolphin Bug Weeks 2012.



Most of my involvment in the GNU/Linux ecosystem is through the Ubuntu Forums. I spend a lot of my time there attempting to help with unanswered questions. The rest of my time is spent browsing through the various subforums looking for oppertunities to give assistance.


I also hang out in various IRC channels on Freenode. You can usually find me in one or more of the following:

Crazy! Er... LoCo

I am technically a member of the Ohio Ubuntu Local Community. However, since I do not have a car and am unable to attend the meetups, I am a lot less active than I would like to be.

Other Distros

I would have to say that my favorite non-*buntu distro is Gentoo. I picked it up in early September and have really enjoyed the experience.

For old computers, I really like CrunchBang. It's probably the best Openbox disstro around. For REALLY old computers, I prefer SliTaz.

If I want to run an OS on a flash drive, it's usually Puppy or Tails (when I'm feeling paranoid).

My Software Preferences

As a general rule, I like KDE/Qt apps better than GNOME/GTK+ programs (i.e. I prefer KDE Partition Manager to GParted). On a more specific level, here are some of my favorite apps in certain categories (and no, not all are KDE):

  • File manager: Dolphin, Midnight Commander (yeah, I said "Midnight Commander")
  • IRC client: Quassel, ERC
  • Music player: Amarok
  • Office suite: Calligra, LibreOffice

  • PIM: Kontact
  • Shell: ZSH
  • Terminal emulator: Yakuake, GNOME Terminator
  • Text editor: Emacs (CLI)
  • Torrent client: KTorrent, qBittorrent
  • VCS: Git
  • Video player: VLC
  • Web browser: Firefox
  • Window manager: KWin, XMonad (could you get any more different?)

The Future


As time goes on, I hope to be more and more active in free software and Ubuntu communities. As I mentioned in the About Me section, I'm going to college to be a software engineer. One of my dreams is to make a living writing free software, perhaps by working for the FSF/GNU Project or Canonical. In the nearer future, I plan on joining a LUG at the college where I attend, or even create one if necessary. No matter where my career takes me, I will always do my best to contribute to GNU/Linux as much as possible.

Other Parts Of My Life

College and my future career are pretty big focuses in my life right now. Due to that fact, I don't have many other plans. I hope to one day make my home in San Diego. Something... different that I would like to do for a while is live in a van. I find the idea of minimalism intriguing and would like to at least give it a try.

dniMretsaM (last edited 2012-11-20 03:23:48 by dnimretsam)