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
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].
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.