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Greg Lehey

Last update: 17 February 1997

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Hi! I'm Greg Lehey, an independent computer consultant specializing in UNIX.

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Where I've been

I was born in Australia and went to school in Malaysia, Australia and England. After that, I studied Chemistry at the University of Hamburg in Germany and Chemical Engineering at the University of Exeter in England, but I never practiced these disciplines: on leaving University, I went into computing immediately.

I have spent my professional career in Germany, where I worked for computer manufacturers such as Univac, Tandem, and Siemens-Nixdorf, the German Government organisation for space research, at the time called DFVLR (Deutsche Forschungs- und Versuchsanstalt für Luft- und Raumfahrt), which they have mercifully since truncated to DLR, nameless software houses and a large user before deciding to work for myself.

What I've done

In the course of nearly 25 years in the industry I have performed most jobs, ranging from kernel development to product marketing, systems programming to systems administration, processing satellite data to programming gasoline pumps. About the only thing I haven't done much is writing commercial applications software.

I am currently engaged in the production of CD-ROMs of ported free software, performance analysis on a large Korean mobile telephone project, and design of C compilers for the next generation of digital signal processors. I am also actively involved in the FreeBSD project. See my résumé for further details.

What I've written

Among my publications are Porting UNIX Software, published by O'Reilly and Associates, and Installing and Running FreeBSD and its successor The complete FreeBSD, both published by Walnut Creek CDROM.

What else I do

When I can drag myself away from my basement full of UNIX workstations, I'm involved in performing baroque and classical woodwind music on my collection of original and period instruments, exploring the German countryside with my family on our Arab and Peruvian horses, or exploring new cookery techniques or ancient and obscure European languages.

What I charge

Well, how much money do you have?

Seriously, I have two rates, which depend on the nature of the work.

If you're a bona fide private person or educational institution needing a little help, I could make it significantly cheaper. If you're not sure, give me a call, and we can discuss the matter. Who knows, you could even get your answer for free.

In addition to the above, I may also agree to lower rates if the project interests me greatly. Again, it doesn't cost anything to ask.

How to contact me

You can reach me in a number of ways, in order of decreasing desirability:

By mail: or
By phone: +49-6637-919123
GSM Mobile phone: +49-171-3524364
Fax: +49-6637-919122
By snail: Greg Lehey
Schellnhausen 2
36325 Feldatal

My mobile phone uses the GSM system. GSM used to stand for Groupe Spéciale Mobile, but after its introduction sombeody (who presumably didn't speak French) decided that it would sound better as Global System for Mobile telecommunications. Anyway, one advantage of GSM is that it has global addressibility: whenever I'm in a place with GSM service, you can call me, even if it's at the other end of the world (Australia, for example, has GSM). You still dial the same number. My mobile phone also has voice mail. Again, no matter where I am, you will hear a stern sounding German woman requiring you to leave a message. Ignore what she says and just wait for the beep, as usual. Don't expect me to get back to you immediately, though.

Paranoid's corner

How do you know it's me? How do I know you're you? That's one of the big questions surrounding internet communication, of course. One solution is PGP, Phil Zimmermann's Pretty Good Privacy. See the PGP Home Page for more information on PGP. If you want to send me encrypted mail, you can encrypt it with the following PGP public key. Of course, you can't be sure that it's correct, but it's more likely to be verifiable than any old mail message you may get from ``me''.

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