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My Contact Info
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 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 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.
400 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 Ubuntu LoCo Enthusiasts
Member of Launchpad Beta Testers
Tested Ubuntu Dapper Drake
Testing Ubuntu Feisty Fawn
Kentucky Team stuff
Co-founded and lead the Kentucky LoCo Team.
Member of the Kentucky Wiki Team.
Member of the Kentucky Web Team.
Member of the Kentucky New Members Team.
Member of the Kentucky Charity Project Team.
Moderator for the 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 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.
Give away a lot of PCs through the CharityProject
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?