About Guy Van Sanden

My name is Guy Van Sanden. I'm a 30-ish computer enthusiast from Belgium.
I'm happily married and I have the best three sons I could wish for (Serkan - 2004, Erhan - 2006 and Aydan - 2010).


Professional Carreer
In 2000, shortly after graduating, I started working for Siemens Atea (in Herentals, Belgium) as a Configuration Management and systems engineer (which primarily meant taking care of a large ClearCase source control deployment and a number of Solaris and Linux boxes).

After Siemens fired most of their staff in late 2002 I started working in The Netherlands (Eindhoven) as a Solaris system administrator. We remotely maintained the systems of a number of large companies.

In 2004, on the day my first son was born, I ended up at the StudieCentrum voor Kernenergie (SCK-CEN) in Mol where I was employed as a Linux Beowulf Cluster administrator.

Early 2008, I surprised myself by moving to a consultancy position with a company called X-Tend that specializes in open source solutions.

In October 2009, I made the switch to Open-Future together with my collegeaus. 

2011 proved to be a turning point, and I started my own Free Software company called Taurix.

My Free Software work
I got into Free Software in 1997 thanks to my wife (girlfriend back then) who pushed me to buy a RedHat 5 box at a computer fair. Today, I use nothing but GNU/Linux at home and for most of my professional work.

I maintain several small Free Software project, the most notable is the eLAS project.


In 2007, my wife and I founded a local LETS group in Geel.  I have been part of the board since the start and since 2010, I'm the coordinator of the group.

Hobbies and interests
In addition to playing with my children, I do a lot of computer stuff in my spare time. This includes designing web sites and forums. Currently I have several sites live including:
- LETS group Geel (in Dutch), I'm a founding member of this group.
- LETS group Turnhout (in Dutch)
- LETS group Oostende (in Dutch)