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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 one year 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. Sure, Windows is OK if you're non-technical and prepared to accept its flaws/second best (maybe non-techies don't even notice them?) - but there had to be a viable alternative.

I'd heard about Linux and after some thorough Googling during my lunch breaks and free time, 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.

I have tried other distros: openSUSE, Mandriva, Fedora and Gentoo but I still much prefer Ubuntu.

My Machine

I have a Lenovo G550, which is currently running Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid). Here are the specs:




Mobile Intel® GM45 Express


NVIDIA® GeForce® G105M


Western Digital Black SATA 320GB @ 7200rpm[1] (Soon to be replaced with a SSD)


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


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


Intel® PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN [Shiloh]

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

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

[3] 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
  • Laptop testing (naturally)
  • General Testing

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 Event Horizon, Glory, Predator, Titanic and Unbreakable.

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 :) . The last gadget I bought was 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 read The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins and found it to be really interesting and thought provoking so I have now picked up another of his books called The God Delusion. 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.