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My Contact Info
etank on irc.freenode.net
I'm a 31 year old father of three living in the United States, in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. By day, I am a Network Administrator supporting mostly Windows machines. I have been using Linux (Ubuntu, Gentoo, Red Hat, Suse, Slackware) for about 4 years now. My Linux journey began when I started learning Perl. I was writing my code on a Red Hat 8 machine and a friend challenged me to use a distro that wasn't so easy. He said that I should try to run Slackware. So I did. He kept giving me challenges, and in the process I was getting deeper and deeper into Linux.
Late 2005, a friend introduced me to Ubuntu - then version 5.10. At the time, I was using Gentoo and Suse and really wasn't impressed with what Ubuntu offered. In November of that year, I changed jobs. Within the first few weeks, I had a Suse box running on the network monitoring the servers. One of the other members of the IT staff saw that I was running Linux and wanted to know more about it. I happened to have some Ubuntu CDs with me and gave him one to try. Since he was brand new to Linux, I thought that it would be good for me to set up a machine myself to run Ubuntu. That way, I could see what he was seeing when questions came up. At that point, I was hooked. I have been using Ubuntu since and have never looked back.
In January 2007, I co-founded the [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KentuckyTeam Kentucky LoCo Team]. The team started as a small group of three and in the first month grew to 15. We have some big plans for this year. The biggest of which is to start a [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KentuckyTeam/CharityProject Charity] project that will focus on providing PCs to people that can not afford to purchase one. Of course, pre-loaded with Ubuntu.
Contributions To The Ubuntu Community
I am an Ubuntu Member.
300 Posts on the forum as of March 8th 2007. Growing every day.
Passing out Ubuntu CDs to any and all that are interested.
Member of [https://beta.launchpad.net/~launchpad-beta-testers Launchpad Beta Testers]
Member of the [http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=216 Unanswered Posts Team]
Member of the [http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=215 Beginner Area Team]
Tested Ubuntu Dapper Drake
Testing Ubuntu Feisty Fawn
Kentucky Team stuff
Co-founded and lead the [:KentuckyTeam:Kentucky LoCo Team].
Member of the [:KentuckyTeam/WikiTeam:Kentucky Wiki Team].
Member of the [:KentuckyTeam/WebTeam:Kentucky Web Team].
Member of the [:KentuckyTeam/NewMembers:Kentucky New Members Team].
Member of the [:KentuckyTeam/CharityProject/Members:Kentucky Charity Project Team].
Moderator for the [http://ubuntu-ky.ubuntuforums.org Kentucky Team Sub-Forum].
Personal Goals For 2007
Become an Ubuntu Member (approved on 3/20/2007).
Pass the LPI Certification exams.
Pass the Ubuntu Certified Professional exam.
Attain my black belt in [http://www.bluegrassbudokai.com Aikido]. (passed on 3/31/07)
Goals For The Kentucky LoCo Team For 2007
Help the team grow in technical ability and size.
Become an Approved LoCo team.
Get to a point as a team were we will be able to mentor other LoCo teams.
Ubuntu Membership Approval
15:06 < Seveas> ok, next up: etank 15:06 < mako> yeah, i'd prefer that 15:06 < etank> hi 15:06 < mako> lets wait until elmos is ok 15:06 >>> email@example.com 15:06 < iGamafirstname.lastname@example.org ["Leaving"] 15:06 < Seveas> (s|g wanted to come later, xerxas isn't around) 15:06 < mako> we've got two oks from us but i'd rather everyone was comfortable before we move forward 15:06 < Seveas> etank, please introduce yourself 15:06 < etank> My name is Eric Lake. I have been advocating Ubuntu since the day I started using it in December 15:06 < etank> of 2005. Before that time I was a Gentoo and Suse user. I am a co-founder and team leader for the 15:06 < etank> Kentucky Team. My Ubuntu pages are https://launchpad.net/~ericlake and 15:06 < etank> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EricLake. 15:06 < Seveas> mako, indeed 15:06 < s|g> Seveas: im finished 15:06 < Seveas> s|g, pm is ok now 15:09 < sabdfl> nice neat wiki page - thanks etank 15:09 < etank> thank you 15:09 < jenda> This is one of those aaawkward silences before the +1s start rolling in... 15:09 < jenda> ah, too late ;) 15:09 < sabdfl> so using ubuntu since late 05, when did you get involved in the community? 15:09 < sabdfl> sorry jenda, slow reader :-) 15:10 < etank> around the same time but mostly posts on the forum 15:10 < jenda> sabdfl: not at all, it makes it a lot more thrilling ;) 15:10 < mako> etank: kentucky is a commonwealth, right? 15:10 < etank> mako: yes it is 15:10 < mako> etank: excellent :) 15:11 < mako> i like it already 15:11 < highvolta> commonwealth? so we can go there without a visa? 15:11 < atoponce> etank is rock solid with loco work. if everyone were like etank when starting their state loco in the u.s., we'd have a team in every state in no time 15:11 < etank> thank you atoponce 15:11 >>> Juxtaposedemail@example.com 15:11 < mako> highvoltage: yeah, just technically not a state. it's a mostly semantic difference.. but important to some people from other commonwealths 15:11 < mako> etank: how many people in the group? 15:11 < mako> etank: the kentucky loco? 15:11 < atoponce> etank: np :) good luck! 15:12 < etank> mako: we are at 41 members now 15:12 < Belutz!n=belutz@ubuntu/member/belutz [Nick collision from services.] 15:12 < elmo> mako: you US folks are weird 15:12 < mako> etank: that's from lp though, right? how many are active? 15:12 < etank> we are working towards LoCo approval now 15:12 ~ Juxtaposed is now Belutz 15:12 < mako> elmo: mostly just me 15:12 < etank> about 15 active 15:12 < sabdfl> how many large cities in kentucky? 15:12 < mako> etank: still a good size.. do you have face to face meetings? 15:13 < etank> we are going to be having the first on April 21st 15:13 < firstname.lastname@example.org ["What does this button do?"] 15:13 >>> email@example.com 15:13 < etank> that will be a release party / face to face meeting 15:13 < GazzaK!n=GazzaK@colchester-lug/GazzaK  15:13 ~ schwuk_ is now schwuk 15:14 < sabdfl> who are the ringleaders? 15:14 < etank> sabdfl: the two largest are Louisville and Lexington. they make up the largest amount of the population of the state 15:14 < etank> bkingx, venemous and myself got things started 15:15 < bkingx> I can also vouch for etank's effeciency in conducting meetings, organizing events, and setting agendas and goals! First Class!! 15:15 < sabdfl> is kentucky near ohio? is there any cross-pollination with those amazing guys? 15:15 < etank> yes it is 15:15 < etank> just to the south 15:16 < etank> I have worked with Vorian some on ideas for the Kentucky team 15:16 < sabdfl> that's good 15:16 < atoponce> oh, ny, and ky are rocking it in loco work 15:16 < etank> atoponce has been quite a bit of help too 15:16 >>> GazzaK!n=GazzaK@colchester-lug/GazzaK 15:17 < sabdfl> etank: you reported a bug a week ago that's neds-info 15:17 < etank> we are planning to go to the Ohio LinuxFest this year 15:17 < sabdfl> will you provide it? 15:17 >>> digitone!n=ok@CPE-76-177-20-55.natcky.res.rr.com 15:17 < etank> I plan to but my USB drive was left at home 15:18 < etank> I am trying to recreate the error 15:20 >>> firstname.lastname@example.org 15:21 < sabdfl> ok 15:21 < sabdfl> the kentucky team looks well enough organised (grammar?) that i would be happy to +1 that, and the ringleaders for membership 15:21 < mako> the kentucky team looks great 15:21 >>> email@example.com 15:21 < sabdfl> mako, elmo? 15:21 < elmo> +1 15:21 mako nods 15:22 < mako> definitely a a +1 from me, welcome etank 15:22 < sabdfl> bourbon all round! 15:22 < Seveas> congratulations! 15:22 < Seveas> s|g, you're up 15:22 < etank> thanks 15:22 < sabdfl> sorry elmo, can i have yours?