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

I have been using Ubuntu for around 8 months and really like it - so much so that I'm now testing it! I love the whole idea of FOSS and like helping 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 I'd heard of Linux. After some Googling, I plumped for Ubuntu and I 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 2) and a Lenovo 'stable' system (with Karmic). Both systems are laptops. Here are the specs:


Hewlett-Packard HP 510

Lenovo G550 2958F3G





Mobile Intel® 915GM Express

Mobile Intel® GM45 Express


Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900

NVIDIA® GeForce® G105M


Hitachi Travelstar SATA 60GB @ 7200rpm[1]

Western Digital Black SATA 320GB @ 7200rpm[3]


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

Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme Processor (X9100 - 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB, 6M Cache)[4]


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

Crucial 8GB SODIMM DDR3 (800MHz)[5]


Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 BG [Calexico2]

Intel® PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN [Shiloh]

[1] Replaces manufacturer's standard HDD (Seagate Momentus Ultra ATA/100 60GB @ 5400rpm).

[2] Replaces manufacturer's standard RAM (512MB SODIMM DDR2 (667MHz) - manufacturer unknown).

[3] Replaces manufacturer's standard HDD (Fujitsu/Toshiba SATA 500GB @ 5400rpm).

[4] Replaces manufacturer's standard CPU (Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (T6600 - 2.20GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2M Cache).

[5] Replaces manufacturer's standard RAM (Nanya 4GB SODIMM DDR3 (1066MHz)).

Testing Interests

Having looked at the Testing Team Activities I was 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)

Since my Lenovo is my daily computer I prefer to test on my HP but general testing is fine on either.

Hobbies & Interests

I weight train in my spare time and also enjoy bike riding. In my fitter, more youthful days, I have cycled to the coast for charitable causes on several occasions. The most I have cycled in a day is 126 miles.

I enjoy watching films either in the comfort of my own living room or at the cinema. Some of my favourite films include Predator, Glory and Event Horizon.

I like travelling and have spent 3 months in Australia, 9 months in Germany and I've been to various other places on holiday with my favourite place being the Maldives.

I'm fascinated with technology and spend many hours performing what I have termed 'geekery' Big Grin :) . My current gadget is a Nokia N900 - picked solely because it has the Maemo 5 (Fremantle) Linux-based operating system!

Lastly, I find theoretical subjects, philosophy and reasoned debate very engaging. I'm 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. One of my favourite popular science books is A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. I don't pretend to understand it all but I really enjoy the subject matter and thinking upon it afterwards.