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I manage the Infrastructure team within Professional & Engineering Services in Canonical where we provide tools and services to the rest of the group. Prior to this role I was a software engineer working primarily on web-based projects. I have also worked on Launchpad and Ubuntu. I'm also a father (of three, soon to be four) and a husband. I live near Wigton, Cumbria in the UK.
I was introduced to Linux for the first time in 1996 by a colleague. After trying various distributions, another colleague introduced me to OpenBSD which gave me my proper introduction to UNIX. After that I settled on Red Hat Linux, and subsequently Fedora. I switched to Ubuntu when Warty was released and have been running (and supporting) it ever since.
I joined Canonical in 2007, and have worked on both Launchpad and Ubuntu.
What I do for Ubuntu
The Official Ubuntu Book
I co-authored the second edition of The Official Ubuntu Book.
I am a member of Ubuntu English (United Kingdom) translation team, and have contributed translations to Dapper and Feisty.
UK LoCo Team
I am member of the UK LoCo team, active on both the mailing list and our irc channel. Along with other members I represented the team at the recent Linux World Expo in London, where I answered questions and generally promoted Ubuntu and the UK LoCo team. During the event I was active collecting signatures for our charity T-shirt, including getting Jon 'Maddog' Hall to sign it. Finally I created the UK Loco Team logo (created entirely using FOSS) which has been approved by Canonical as an acceptable derivative of the Ubuntu logo.
Ubuntu UK Podcast
I designed their logo, website, and marketing materials, and have contributed both as a guest and behind the scenes.
I am active in the #ubuntu-testing, #ubuntu-quality, and #ubuntu-uk channels on IRC providing support where I can.
I wrote the community document Mono From Source for Hoary as the packaged version of Mono was quite out-of-date at that point
I rewrote the Rails on Ubuntu page for the Ruby on Rails wiki for Dapper
Whilst configuring a newly purchased laptop for a friend, I completed a laptop testing record for it. Unfortunately at the time, support for the laptop was limited so it was impossible to test everything
Non-Ubuntu, but Linux related
- I co-ordinate the Cumbria LUG
I wrote "How to run your own yum repository" - for linux.com
I contributed hacks #49 "Share Applications and Monitors with screen" and #59 "Convert Your Mailbox" to Linux Desktop Hacks published by O'Reilly
"Introducing Screen" is an article I wrote for my LUG, and formed the basis for my "Share Applications and Monitors with screen" hack for Linux Desktop Hacks
My article about Open Source software for children was published in issue 66 of Linux User & Developer
My article "RADical Python" - an introduction to Rapid Application Development with Python and GTK - was published in issue 68 of Linux User & Developer
I wrote "Managing Software Development with Trac and Subversion" published by Packt Publishing, Dec 2007