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|== David Mandala ==
General all around Computer and Electronics Geek. Started playing with computers in the early 1970's with an IBM 360 mainframe, then on electronics training and day to day repairing though out the rest of the 70's. Started playing with microcomputers in 75-76 creating software in ASM and BASIC on the Apple ll, TRS80 and others. In the beginning of the 80's I formed a computer consulting company that developed Interactive Laserdisk applications -- Stuff that later became known as Interactive Multimedia. Lots of fun that, did over 200 of them over the years, mostly in "C" with some ASM device drivers. CP/M, MS-DOS only no MS-Windows.
Started playing with Linux in the mid 90's and co-founded the BALUG (Bay Area Linux Users Group) with David Sifry and Art Tyde. Worked for Linuxcare back then before it got crazy. Moved on to Arizona to work at DevelopOnline where we used Linux as a back end to enabeling remote access to embedded hardware, kind of fun but then came along the dark days of 911. Following that cash ran out, no financing to be had, so the company closed and I went on to play in the embedded Linux space creating devices that tracked School Buses, and also functioned as remote connect DVR's on-board the buses.
Now as luck would have it I work for Canonical still working on Linux, somewhere between embedded and Netbooks space. Working on the Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded variant of Ubuntu. Hard to get better then this, the cutting edge, Mobile Internet Devices, and other things in the small device arena.
Project Manager of the UME team. See: http://www.ubuntu.com/products/mobile
Wrote the initial PO to XPI "C" converter program and bash scripts for the Mozilla team that Alexander Sack checked in. See: https://code.launchpad.net/~mozillateam/rosetta/po2xpi
Future Plans For Ubuntu
- Becoming a MOTU to work closer with the UME team that I am part of.
- Work on submitting changes into Ubuntu and Debian that should be. Currently there are packages in need of license cleanups that I plan on working on.