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An interview with Francisco Burzi
updated by rck, 2005-08-18

phpNuke is a well-known portal solution and the base of a lot of other open source CMS projects. Think about postNuke, phpWebSite or Xoops. I did an interview with Francisco Burzi, the man behind the phpNuke project.

Mr. Burzi tells about his family, his job, the future of phpNuke and his thoughts on theoretical aspects of content management systems.

Thanks to Robert Kennedy for proof-reading!

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Francisco Burzi
Francisco Burzi

Mr. Burzi, thank you very much for agreeing to this interview with me. I'd like to shed a bit of light on the man behind phpNuke, which is synonymous with portals to a lot of people. How old are you, when where you born, where do you live?

I'm 36 years old; I was born in Quebec, Canada and I have lived in San Cristobal, Venezuela since I was 6 months old.

What's your astral sign, do you believe in it?

My astral sign is Gemini. Even if I should admit that there are some matches on my sign description, I don't believe in astrology.

and your chinese sign?

I was born in 1969, so according to the Chinese Symbology I'm rooster, but I really feel like a cat ;)

If you'd describe yourself to someone who never met you in a few paragraphs, how would that read?

I'm a happy person, dedicated, very curious, good friend if you let me be, free.

What's your day job? Can you live from the income phpNuke gives you?

Fortunately I can live from the income generated by PHP-Nuke. It was very hard, but at this time I can stay focused just on this project. Obviously I have other hobbies and some stuff that I would like to make, but at this time PHP-Nuke is the star.

I usually work during the night and sleep all morning; most of my working time is used reading online material.

Any pets? Maybe even a family?

At this time we have a cat, my family and I aren't so pet-friendly. We like our freedom.

Education? Did you attend an university (which)? Which companies did you work for? Or are you self-employed?

High school education. I attended the University and studied marketing, graphic design and hotel profession, but never finished them.

I worked at some advertising agencies (employed and freelance), then I created my own ad agency and finished with a computer store for several years. After that I had an ISP and finished here with PHP-Nuke. Now self-employeed.

Personal, more

Your favourite colour(s)? Your least favourite colour(s)?

My favourite color is black, least favourite color is pink.

Your favourite Item(s)? Your least favourite Item(s)?

My favourite item is anything with electronics, least favourite item is anything without electronics.

Your favourite singer(s)? Your least favourite singer(s)?

Not really a singer: my favourite musician is Kitaro, least favourite singer anyone who sings rap.

Your favourite kind(s) of music? Your least favourite kind(s) of music?

My favourite music is new age, least favourite music is rap.

Your favourite super-model?

My favourite super-model Valeria Maza

Your favourite car-brand?


Do you own a car? Or even more than one car?

One car at this time, a nice Mazda 6. Would like to have a TrailBlazer.

A bicycle? A motor bike? Inline skates?

None of them, never liked bikes. I saw a friend die on a motor bike.

Do you do any sports?

Several years ago I did lot of Swimming, won a few gold medals, but at this time I don't do any sports.

Do you like to travel? (When will you come to Austria/Vienna? :-))

Yes! I’ve travelled a lot to Colombia and a few times to the United States. I was in Austria many years ago, but I don't think to have the opportunity to travel to Europe soon.

Do you think about nutrition or do you just eat what you like to?

I eat what I like. Obviously with some moderation. Never concerned about nutrition.

Do you watch TV? listen to the radio?

Lot of TV, documentaries, series, movies... and a little short wave radio.

Do you make photos, do you have other hobbies?

Yes I make photos but never for professional use. Hobbies... ummm, play on my Xbox, watch movies and listen to Kitaro's music.

What are your favourite non-technical topics?

If sex is considered technical I should vote for graphics ;)

What's more important: Charisma or formal correctness?


Suite or T-Shirt?

100% T-Shirt

Fame or money?

Some famous people don't have money. With money you can have fame if you want.

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  • Thanks

    Posted on 2005-08-20 12:40:42 By Anonymous

    Thanks for this detailed informations! Hinrich

  • No Subject

    Posted on 2005-08-23 23:53:09 By Anonymous

    excellent interview!

  • Great Read!

    Posted on 2006-03-27 09:55:30 By Anonymous

    This interview with Francisco was an absolute pleasure to read, I'm an IT graduate from Australia just starting to look into the advantages of using CMS and portal systems. To get an insight into one of the early developers of a Portal system was fantastic ;)

    • Re: Great Read!

      Posted on 2006-03-27 16:47:14 By rck[110]

      Glad to hear that! Btw., I have a couple of years experience with CMSes, too. Maybe you'd like to start a discussion or two in my forums? I'd gladly join...

  • Great Read!

    Posted on 2006-04-03 20:59:26 By Anonymous

    Excellent Interview. Congratulations!!!

  • Burzi And Nuke

    Posted on 2006-08-09 18:33:10 By Anonymous

    I'm A TÜRK Webmaster Thank You Burzi php-nuke forever number one cms ;)

  • No Subject

    Posted on 2006-11-27 17:39:39 By Anonymous

    Someone needs to create an online or correspondence school for Nuke. Burzi says his programming is easy and in the community I'm a part of none of us fully understand it. Nuke technical help forums abound for a very good reason and even there, the pros can't figure out a lot of things. Nuke is the greatest but create a site with full definitions of variables and their uses and all entailed in programming Nuke, make money doing it, I know a million people that would pay.
    vive le Nuke.

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