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Background: I'm 32 years old and living in England. I am a professional software tester with around 8 years' experience in the industry. I have worked for:

I have been using Ubuntu for around 8 months and really like it - so much so that I'm now going to start testing it in my free time. I love the whole idea of FOSS and want to help shape Ubuntu for the community.

Why Do I Use Ubuntu?

Having been exposed to Windows 'features' for as long as I can remember in both personal and professional realms, I was on the look out for alternatives. I'd used Unix and Mac at university and had heard of Linux. After some Googling, I plumped for Ubuntu and haven't looked back. After just one week of having a dual boot system I decided that Ubuntu (Karmic) was infinitely better than any Windows OS and got rid of the Windows partition completely.:

My Machines

I have two physical systems: a HP 'junker' (with Lucid Beta 1) and a Lenovo 'stable' system (with Karmic). Both systems are laptops. Here are the specs:


Hewlett-Packard HP 510

Lenovo G550 2958F3G





Intel® Pentium® M (780 - 2.26GHz, 533MHz FSB, 2MB Cache)

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (T6600 - 2.20GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB Cache)


Mobile Intel® 915GM Express

Mobile Intel® GM45 Express


Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 BG [Calexico2]

Intel® PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN [Shiloh]


Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900

NVIDIA® GeForce® G105M


Crucial 2GB SODIMM DDR2 (667Mhz)[1]

Crucial 8GB SODIMM DDR3 (800MHz)[3]

Hard drive

Hitachi Travelstar SATA 60GB @ 7200rpm[2]

Western Digital Black SATA-II 320GB @ 7200rpm[4]

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Testing Interests

Having looked at the Testing Team Activities I am initially interested in testing the following areas:

  • ISO Testing (on my HP)
  • Laptop testing (on my HP)
  • General Testing (on my Lenovo and/or my HP)

I would rather not have to perform any fundamental changes to my Lenovo as that is my stable everyday personal laptop. I am happy to do pretty much anything to my HP.

Hobbies & Interests

I weight train in my spare time and also enjoy bike riding. When I was fitter than I currently am I have previously cycled to the coast for charitable causes. The most I have cycled in a day is 120 miles. I enjoy watching films either in the comfort of my own living room or at the cinema. I like travelling and have spent 3 months in Australia, 9 months in Germany and been to various other places on holiday with my favourite place being The Maldives (honeymoon). I also like anything to do with technology and spend may hours performing what I have termed 'geekery'. Lastly, I find theoretical subjects, philosophy and reasoned debate very engaging. I am currently reading The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. When I have the time I hope to read The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker, which are also by Richard Dawkins.