kemelzaidan at gmail dot com
Kemel Zaidan aka Legendario
Who Am I
My name is is Kemel Zaidan and I believe free software have changed my life. I'm gonna tell a bit of my free software life and how I've got involved with it because I believe it's a pretty neat story.
I'm graduated in Performing Arts at University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. My first contact with free software was at my senior year (somewhere in 2007). My roommate bought a computer with GNU/Linux installed and didn't know how to use it well. I was already interested on GNU/Linux, had even bought a book about it, but didn't have a computer myself. So I foresaw a chance of finally learning more about it.
The distribution was some obscure Gentoo based one adapted by the manufacturer, called Librix. We've played with it a bit and switched for Ubuntu after some time, what I considered better for such a low spec PC with low bandwidth (256Kb) we had at that time.
The more I used it, the more I got addicted to it. This made me study and read everything about Ubuntu and GNU/Linux I could find all over the internet. It grew up so much that last year I decided to head back to college and take a second degree in "System Analysis and Development". In short, that's how free software became part of my life
One of the things I've found most interesting about free software was the opportunity to contribute with it. Short after I started using Ubuntu, I found the right path to the contribution world. I've started contributing first with translation. AndreGondim, the translation team leader for pt-BR should even remember some of my translations. I was pretty active on it at that time.
Couple years later I've started working for a non-profit organization which had some digital inclusion projects. All of them were done with the use of proprietary software. Therefore, I've tried to convince my boss to switch all of them to free software alternatives. In order to make my life a little easier, I suggested we could to make some sort of internal seminar in the company to explain to every other people in charge for the projects what free software was and the advantages of it.
I've got responsible to invite some people and organize everything for it. This was how I first got in touch with the Ubuntu-BR-SP LOCO team. After this first contact, I've started contributing more actively with them. Some point later I was invited to became the leader of the community, an achievement that makes me really proud of.
Since them I have strived to organize things better in the group and bring more people to the team. I try to collaborate to Ubuntu-BR team as much as possible too. I believe this is my main contribution now a days.
This is obviously related to what I have told above. I have represented Ubuntu in a bunch of regional and also national technology and free software events. I can easily list some here: FISL, CONISLI, CAMPUS PARTY, LATINOWARE, VOL and LINUXCON among many other. Our team is also invited to make speeches and install fests in many universities and academic events here at our state. We have also been organizing release parties and install fests often since Hardy Heron. Because of that, I'm very happy to realize that our team has became a reference in free software in our local area.
Those are not so frequent but I try to contribute with them as much as possible:
I'm subscribed as an Ubuntu Answers contact for Brazilian Portuguese, so every time there is a question about Ubuntu in this language I receive an e-mail with it. I try to answer all the ones I can get a clue.
I'm a member of Ubuntu Bug Squad Team in Launchpad, so I report all the bugs whenever I find them and try to fix stuff when I face it: marking duplicates, confirming, etc.
Whenever I find something wrong or outdated, I try to fix it!
I contribute to other initiatives that are not directly related to Ubuntu, but end up representing it because of the nature of my relation to the distribution.
Ubuntu-BR-SP and myself are one of the founders of Quinta-livre, a community project that was created after the Campus Party 2010 in order to try to bring different free software communities together with the objective of exchanging knowledge, learning and spreading free software all around.
Espírito Livre Magazine
Espirito Livre (Free Spirit Magazine) is a Brazilian community magazine distributed online as a PDF which counts on my contributions frequently. I have written some articles for it, made some translations and even interviewed Mark Shuttleworth (by e-mail) and Linus Torvalds (personally)!
My Future Plans
I'm very concerned about the future of Ubuntu-BR-SP team. I don't want it to die after I leave. And I will eventually need to leave someday. I want to prepare that for the end of 2011 year. I plan to keep contributing to the team, but I want my contributions to it to be pretty much done at that time. Besides that I want to be able to have more time to contribute with other stuff.
One of those stuff is the MOTU packaging team. This is something I've already put some study on in the past but haven't been able to dedicate as much as I wish. As soon as my programing skills get better, I wanna see if I can be able to contribute with some development code too.
I was passionate for free software at first sight. I believe it's something that has the potential to change the world for better and quoting Richard Stallman, "I'm only interested to change it for better". I believe that free software can play a main character among education and feel myself responsible to bring that discovery to the others as much as I have discovered that myself.
I am very grateful for Ubuntu because it's the distribution that helped me the most and showed me that learning GNU/Linux can be fun and enchanting. I would never know as much as I know about computers today if it wasn't for Ubuntu.
I hope I have been able to give a bit of it back to the community. Community is something I find very important to care about. It's what makes free software so interesting.
Please, write a testimonial about me, if you believe you won't be able to be at the meeting to cheer for me. And don't forget to sign it!
Finally! Kemel is probably the most awaited Ubuntu Member of the moment in Brazil. Being the guy that carry our name in the main brazilian free software events and do a wonderful work in Sao Paulo locoteam, sure that him deserve our support. -- Ayrton Araújo
I fully support Kemel as Ubuntu Member. I believe he's absolutely qualified for that, as I've been following his work and witnessed all the effort he puts into making Ubuntu-BR-SP, the largest subloco team in Brazil, a successful team. He also works on spreading Ubuntu by organizing events, lots of them. Kemel, just let me know when the meeting will happen and I'll be there to personally cheer for you! -- Ursinha
I also was tracking Kemel's work, and had the opportunity to meet him personally 2 times on the last years, on open source events. Kemel is definitely a "must be" member: he has solid contributions, he is clearly a leader on the Ubuntu-BR-SP organizing events, bringing new users and supporting them. Duda Nogueira
Kemel is a great person and absolutelly efficient at Ubuntu community. He is very present in events and he is always involved with activities about free software in Sao Paulo. Many people knows Kemel as a reference about Ubuntu and community (http://miud.in/mcX). All my thumbs up about his membership. -- Andre Noel
Do the words of my friends up to my. I fully support the great Kemel to join officially a member of Ubuntu. I say officially because it already works the much time and makes a good work for the Ubuntu. Zandre Bran
<MootBot> New Topic: Legendario membership <ghoulmann> very proud of all the support i've received. <greg-g> ghoulmann: the support is why we all love this community :) <Legendario> congrats ghoulmann, good to see someone with education background here <Legendario> i am ready <pleia2> Legendario: please go ahead and introduce yourself :) <Legendario> well... <Legendario> i live in Brazil <Legendario> i am graduated in performing arts <Legendario> but got interested about free software in college <Legendario> got vicius to it <Legendario> later on got closer to the loco team <Legendario> and ended up leadering it <pleia2> that's great <Legendario> right now I am at campus party brazil <Legendario> we are making a huge install fest here <pleia2> :) <greg-g> awesome <Legendario> campus-party.com.br <james78> That's pretty cool. Showing people the new opportunities and world of Ubuntu. :) <Legendario> in short that's it <Legendario> i guess my wiki page tells it a lot better <Legendario> I hope so * porthose_ saiu (Quit: Leaving) <pleia2> yes, very good wiki page <Legendario> I am not alone here. The rest of the team is with me too <Legendario> they make a great work <greg-g> Legendario: yeah, teams make it all so much better * ejat saiu (Ping timeout: 240 seconds) <Legendario> ohhh, I've started a second bachelors degree in software development because of my relationship with free software <pleia2> cool <greg-g> Legendario: nice! <Legendario> greg-g, I just love it! It's pretty fun and rewarding <pleia2> [VOTE] Legendario membership <MootBot> Please vote on: Legendario membership. <MootBot> Public votes can be registered by saying +1/-1/+0 in the channel, private votes by messaging the channel followed by +1/-1/+0 to MootBot <MootBot> E.g. /msg MootBot +1 #ubuntu-meeting <pleia2> +1 <MootBot> +1 received from pleia2. 1 for, 0 against. 0 have abstained. Count is now 1 <greg-g> +1 #great contributions and activity in the loco, wonderful testimonials <MootBot> +1 received from greg-g. 2 for, 0 against. 0 have abstained. Count is now 2 <dudanogueira> +1 <MootBot> +1 received from dudanogueira. 3 for, 0 against. 0 have abstained. Count is now 3 <dinda> +1 <MootBot> +1 received from dinda. 4 for, 0 against. 0 have abstained. Count is now 4 <pleia2> [endvote] <MootBot> Final result is 4 for, 0 against. 0 abstained. Total: 4 <pleia2> congrats and welcome, Legendario! keep up the great work! :) <greg-g> congrats and welcome aboard, Legendario ! <pleia2> nobuto: are you here? <nobuto> yes. <Legendario> thank you guys! thanks a lot <dudanogueira> Legendario: welcome!! spread ubuntu at campus party!!!
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