[http://launchpad.net/people/ippiraman Launchpad Profile]
[http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=31000 Ubuntu Forums Profile]
- IRC: irvin on irc.freenode.net and irc.free.net.ph
I am an Electrical Engineer by profession and currently has a full-time job at [http://www.transco.ph TransCo]. Although my line of work is completely out-of-sync (for now) with my interest in computers, I managed to self-train myself, took special interest programming and has been doing some unofficial, in-house development work just to make my job easier...
I encountered GNU/Linux (Gentus Linux) in the mid-to-late-90's, then took a shot at Mandrake and OpenBSD mostly for fun and learning experience only. I came across Ubuntu since the Warty release, but it wasn't until the release of HoaryHedgehog when I got seriously involved and completely ditched Windows out of my home computer. My first ever participation in Ubuntu was when I tested the company-owned [wiki:LaptopTestingTeam/CompaqEvoN110 Compaq Evo N110] laptop with Ubuntu, and later learned of fellow [wiki:PhilippineTeam Filipinos] in the community. As of today, I am a member of the following teams:
[https://launchpad.net/people/loco-philippine-team Ubuntu Team Philippines]
[https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-l10n-tl Ubuntu Tagalog Translators]
[https://launchpad.net/people/marketingteam Ubuntu Marketing Team]
[https://launchpad.net/people/edubuntu-artwork Edubuntu Artwork]
I am broadband-impaired (like most Filipinos living in the province), so my contribution to Ubuntu is mostly done "offline". I usually hang and help out at #ubuntu, #ubuntu-ph and the [http://www.ubuntuforums.org forums] whenever I'm online, otherwise I just drool with envy watching the logs [http://netz.smurf.noris.de/logs/freenode/2005 here] and [http://people.ubuntu.com/~fabbione/irclogs here]. Some of my activities involve:
[https://launchpad.net/people/ippiraman/+translations Rosetta Translation Activity]
Migration to Ubuntu (BreezyBadger) of two internet and gaming cafes (26 units)
Migration to Ubuntu ([wiki:EdubuntuWiki Edubuntu]) of my High School Alma Mater Computer Lab (25+ units, in progress...). I am also coordinating with their Filipino Department Head Teacher in helping with the Tagalog translation as part of the students school project. Since, I have just finished setting up their LAN and they recently got broadband connection, I'm really excited about this!
Along with an excellent community, Ubuntu Linux gives a wonderful opportunity to learn about GNU/Linux and Open Source in general. Personally, I feel that this is the strongest point why Ubuntu has taken off so rapidly and stays at the top list of other GNU/Linux distributions. Among others, I plan to help out in:
Completing the Tagalog translation before the DapperDrake release.
Adding contents (preferably How-To's) to the [http://www.ubuntu-ph.org Ubuntu-PH] website.
Support for non-broadband users. I took an interest in the specs listed [wiki:NonBroadbandUsers here], and began working a web-based interface for apt (so even Windows users can download updates and packages, burn, and install later). Notably, Debian has 15 cd's for Sarge, so why not in Ubuntu?
- Forming an Ubuntu Users Group in Bicol. There is a tentative schedule for Bicol Open Source Forum on Dec. 15, hopefully we could organize it then.
- Continuing advocacy and migration work in educational and business institutions (the Ubuntu roots needs to be strong).
I'd like to see Ubuntu in the near future applied not only in desktop productivity environments, but also in Engineering. There is great potential brought about by the [wiki:MOTUScience MOTUScience] and the [wiki:UbuntuGIS UbuntuGIS] team, and I hope it would be given the full support by Canonical and the entire Ubuntu community.