Andreas K. Förster


Hello, my name is Andreas K. Förster.

I live in Germany, in a small town named Castrop-Rauxel. It's in the Ruhr Area[ext], in the very west of Germany.

Free Software is very important to me. Some people often confuse Free Software with Freeware, but it is something very different. Free Software isn't about price but about freedom! Free Software is most often also free of charge, but that is just a side effect. Please read the official definition of “Free Software”[ext]. My favorite operating system is GNU/Linux. By the way, this homepage is also delivered by a GNU/Linux system.

Since English is not my native language, you will find much more information on my German webpage.


My personal emblem (or “icon”) is an adaption of the historic coat of arms of my home-town Castrop-Rauxel. Instead of the double-X there are my initials “AKF”.

I am not on Facebook, as a matter of conviction. I try to avoid services that make money with personal data and are successfull with it. The search engine of my choice is currently MetaGer[ext] (source code[ext]).

Please tell me something nice:

Overview over software currently maintained by me

Larger programs


Some older projects are no longer maintained and so are no longer available.

I am certified by LPI[ext] as a GNU+Linux Systems Administrator:
LPIC-1 (Linux Professional Institute Certified Level One).