Name: Alexander Boström
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I remember when I didn't have access to any computer. Those were the days. I used to wander through the neighbourhood with a good friend and sometimes get into a bit of trouble. At night I would scan the latest batch of SciFi from the public library or read some popular science magazine. Then my parents got me a C64. Oh my. I was hooked. Then came the Amiga 500, the modem, the BBS:s, the Amiga 1200, and then the Internet.

One of the first web sites I visited was the web site for The TUNES Project. Up until then I had mostly known about AmigaOS. AmigaOS is very cool. It's not open source, but that doesn't matter very much, because it's so open anyway. Once you know about how to write AmigaOS application, you automatically know how the OS works. You know what preemptive multitasking is and you know how the OS implements it. And all the other things like memory management and dynamically loaded shared libraries. This is because it exposes so many of its internal interfaces and structures to the applications. The OS layer is just very thin. This may not sound very good if you believe in abstraction layers and such, but it is awesome as a way to tech people about programming.

Anyway, The TUNES Project: It is "a project to develop a free software computing system based on a reflective design". Well, I really cannot explain that, but to me, TUNES is simply a way to allow me to use my computer without having to re implement the wheel and learning a new language every time I want to get some work done. It will create one unified environment where all work is done. This environment will be so flexible that it can be adapted to any kind of work and any level of expertise. The problem is, the project is progressing very slowly. I really want it now...

The TUNES Project was founded by Faré. Reading his and other early web pages, I started to think about liberty. Later on I realised why Open Source software and Free Software is good. Nowadays my biggest political passion is telling people the evils of software patents and privatising natural monopolies. And all this DMCA crap.

Nowadays, I study computer science at KTH and work as a system administrator at Systemgruppen Elektro. That's pretty fun because I get to spend some of my time developing cool stuff and release it as Open Source. (It mostly ends up under BSD 3- bullet licenses.) But still, my job would be so much easier if we were running TUNES instead of Linux, Solaris and Digital Unix. Sigh.

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