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About me

I've been using Ubuntu for some time now (not quite sure how long, I'd have to go digging for that information) and I've really come to love and enjoy using Linux on the desktop and server. Even though I considered myself a very tech-savvy person before joining the linux community, I've found Ubuntu to be exceptionally easy to use and recommend it to all my friends and family.

I love Ubuntu so much that I've decided that I want to give back to the Ubuntu community! I'm a frequent idler of #xubuntu, #xubuntu-devel, #ubuntu-ca, #ubuntu-marketing, #launchpad, #xubuntu-offtopic, #ubuntu-marketing, #ubuntu-doc and #ubuntu-motu regularly. I also hope to lend some of my programming skills to help improve the Xubuntu distribution and Ubuntu as a whole. Even though I still consider myself a newbie compared to the other amazingly talented individuals in our community, I think my dedication, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and my ever developing technical aptitude and skills could become an asset to the Ubuntu project.

Skill Set

I can program in Java, Pike, Python, JavaScript, C++, Bash Script, and LPC comfortably and I'm always looking to learn more.

Love to ramble about CS/tech topics and don't mind lots of questions? Then I've got an ear to listen with. :]

I also consider myself to be proficient in written and spoken English but I can be a horrible speller at times. <g>

Other notable skills include leadership, organization, and the ability to quickly learn new topics.

Other distros that I have experience with include RedHat 9, Debian, DSL (my first linux distro), Slackware, Fedora Core, and a few other small utility distros.

My Contributions

Team Membership

You can view the teams that I'm a member of at


Support & Bug Triage


  • Very frequent contributor to Xubuntu Wiki pages ([:Xubuntu/]*)
  • Contributor to Xubuntu Desktop Guide (w/ SVN commit access)

Community, Advocacy, & Marketing

  • (Previous) Chief Editor of UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter

  • Local advocacy at school and in the community (Public speaking, posters, word of mouth, etc.)
  • Presenter for Xubuntu session in [:UbuntuOpenWeek:Ubuntu Open Week] event.

  • #xubuntu and #xubuntu-* IRC contact and operator
  • Developing LoCo Team Fredericton (NB, CA)

Code, Packaging, & Development

I have contributed to the following uploads in addition to the following uploads listed at

Plans & Goals

I hope to continue to improve Xubuntu and Ubuntu as a whole by developing custom applications, patching and packaging, giving support on irc support channels, writing wiki pages and documentation, and so much more.

Some things I'd like to accomplish in the future include:

  • Making day-to-day desktop operations easy and fully functional in comparison to other popular operating systems and then some.
  • Developing the Xubuntu community.
  • Contributing upstream to Xfce4 & Thunar.

  • Improving the Xubuntu desktop experience through researching common custom or helpful modification to default settings.
  • Continuing maintenance and development of Xubuntu wiki pages and website.
  • Developing custom solutions and contributing to upstream applications to help make the Xubuntu (and Ubuntu) distribution well rounded.

  • I'd like to help fix the pppoe issue.

  • Become a Canonical employee someday.
  • And so much much more...

Note: A lot of people have borrowed/used (some with explicit permissions, others none at all) my homepage "template" -- Feel free to do so. :)


CodySomerville (last edited 2013-01-30 01:37:29 by cody-somerville)