My Contact Info
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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
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
Member of the [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KentuckyTeam/WikiTeam Kentucky Wiki Team].
Member of the [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KentuckyTeam/WebTeam Kentucky Web Team].
Member of the [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KentuckyTeam/NewMembers Kentucky New Members Team].
Member of the [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/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.
Pass the LPI Certification tests.
Become an Ubuntu Certified Professional.
Attain my black belt in [http://www.bluegrassbudokai.com Aikido].
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.