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== About ==
I am an IT Engineer (currently) specialising in HP Products (anything from ipaqs, laptops & desktops to mission critical servers & everything in between). We run a highly customised Ubuntu based SOE on all company Desktops & Laptops within our company (Australia-wide). I am eagerly awaiting the release of Lucid as I believe our SOE should be based on an LTS. Currently we have been upgrading the SOE after each Ubuntu release.
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I first tried Ubuntu when 6.10 (Edgy) was released in 2008. By the time 7.04 (Feisty) was released I was hooked & switched all of my computers over to Ubuntu. Since then I have managed to successfully convert my partner/girlfriend to Ubuntu & she is actually liking it more than windows. ||<tablestyle="float:right; font-size: 0.9em; width:40%; background:#F1F1ED; margin: 0 0 1em 1em;" style="padding:0.5em;"><<TableOfContents(4)>>||
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I am also currently in the process of setting up a dual-boot desktop for my grandmother as I believe remotely administering an Ubuntu system would be a whole lot better than letting her continue using windows & contributing to the "Australian Botnet Army" ;) ## This is a quick table summarizing your online presence. Its a place for quick links to places mentioned on this wiki ##page.
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I believe that Ubuntu is ideal for people (especially the older generation) who mainly use their computers to access emails, chat, surf the net & play the occasional game of solitaire/freecell. ##Table structure by Silver Fox. Please leave this comment in place if you choose to base your work off it. :)
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'''Blog''': Not Yet... ||<|8> {{https://launchpadlibrarian.net/37876822/lp-ubuntu.png}} || {{https://launchpad.net/@@/person}} Name || Mitch Towner ||
|| {{https://launchpadlibrarian.net/16121192/gem-sm.png}} Location || [[http://ubuntu.org.au/| Australia]] ||
|| {{http://www.carillon.org/illu/world.gif}} My Website || [[http://mitchtowner.net/ | Ramblings of an Ubuntu User]] ||
|| {{https://launchpadlibrarian.net/9608570/ubuntu_emblem.png}} Ubuntu Forums Profile || [[http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=374422| kermiac]] ||
|| {{https://launchpad.net/favicon.ico}} Launchpad Profile || [[https://edge.launchpad.net/~kermiac|Mitch Towner]] ||
|| {{https://launchpad.net/@@/language}} IRC || kermiac ||
|| {{https://launchpad.net/@@/team}} [[http://counter.li.org/|Linux User]] || #xxxxxx ||
|| {{http://ubuntucounter.geekosophical.net/favicon.ico}} [[http://ubuntucounter.geekosophical.net/|Registered Ubuntu User]] || #29861 ||
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'''Launchpad''': https://launchpad.net/~kermiac == About Me ==
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'''IRC'''(freenode): kermiac
         I can usually be found hanging out in #ubuntu-bugs, #ubuntu-testing, #ubuntu-au & #ubuntu-au-chat.
I first tried Ubuntu when 6.10 (Edgy) was released in 2006. By the time 7.04 (Feisty) was released I was hooked & switched all of my computers over to Ubuntu. Since then I have managed to successfully convert many friends & family to Ubuntu.

## My partner/girlfriend is actually liking it more than windows :) I am currently in the process of introducing the wonders of Ubuntu to my Grandmother to ## help rid her of the worries related to virus/spyware issues she is currently experiencing in windows.

=== Socially ===

## You are a person, tell people what you do for fun. Not everything on your wiki has to be about computers or Ubuntu.

Basically, my social life revolves around my family ;) If my kids have scouts, karate, etc - that's what I'm doing socially.

When i do occasionally find that I have some "down time", I like to read a good book, enjoy a movie or play around with whatever latest computer-related topic has piqued my interest.

=== Professionally ===

## This section is the place to talk about what you do for a living or if you are a student talk a little about your ##course. You could also say what job you would eventually like to have.

I am an IT Engineer (currently) specialising in HP Products (anything from ipaqs, laptops & desktops to mission critical servers & everything in between).

I have led the change from windows 2000 to Ubuntu in my current workplace. For the last couple of years I have helped create & support a highly customised Ubuntu based SOE on all company Desktops & Laptops (Australia-wide). As of Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid), we are now basing this SOE on LTS releases.
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== To Do == == Ubuntu Participation ==
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 * Find a package or area of interest within Ubuntu to specialise in
 * Continue trying to learn python
 * Create a plan to spread the message to less technical people & also the older generation that Ubuntu is perfect for their needs & would actually improve their computing experience
 * Create a blog outlining the experiences of my grandmothers' switch from windows to Ubuntu
 * Find more ways to contribute back to the Ubuntu Community
=== Ubuntu Bug Squad & Bug Control ===
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== Contributions == I joined the [[https://launchpad.net/~bugsquad | Ubuntu Bug Squad]] in January 2010 as I felt that this would be a great way to give back to the community. I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-bugcontrol | Bug Control Team]] in February 2010 where I continue to do bug triaging work. I mostly work on Ubuntu One related bugs in Launchpad.
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Currently I'm starting out with bug triage. I also have been doing some work in SRU & iso testing. I have joined the [[https://launchpad.net/~5-a-day-participants | 5-a-day Team]] to help motivate myself to work on at least 5 bug reports a day. My 5-a-day stats can be seen [[http://qa.ubuntu.com/reports/five-a-day/ | here]].
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= Ideas = === Bug Squad Mentors ===
I have joined the [[https://launchpad.net/~bugsquad-mentorship | Bug Squad Mentors Team]] & have been assigned two students. The goal of Bug Squad Mentors are to guide students with an aim of them becoming members of the Bug Control Team.
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I have recently been working on [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Apport/DeveloperHowTo|Apport Package Hooks]]. This has been a fun & challenging way to learn more about python & a great first step towards contributing to Ubuntu.

Hooks I have written:
 * [[https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gedit/+bug/582253|gedit]]
 * [[https://bugs.launchpad.net/indicator-applet/+bug/583174|indicator-applet]]
 * [[https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cheese/+bug/573124|cheese]]

=== SRU Verification Team ===

I joined the [[https://launchpad.net/~sru-verification | SRU Verification Team]] in January 2010 & have tested a few SRU packages.

Examples:
 * https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gcalctool/+bug/483730
 * https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/lucid/+source/gcalctool/+bug/484306
 * https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/vim-rails/+bug/456064
 * https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/dapper/+source/sun-java5/+bug/484288
 * https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/tomboy/+bug/516494
 * https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/lucid/+source/tomboy/+bug/556628
 * https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubuntuone-client/+bug/567223

=== Ubuntu Beginners Team ===

I have recently been accepted as a member of the [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-beginners | Ubuntu Beginners Team]]. I find it very rewarding when I am able to help new users see just how truly awesome Ubuntu & Free Software really is. I am looking forward to helping with the new focus that this group is taking to become a "springboard" into the broader Ubuntu Community.

==== IRC Focus Group ====
I actively participate in helping new users in the #ubuntu-beginners IRC channel.

==== Wiki Focus Group ====
I am currently helping the Ubuntu Beginners Wiki Focus Group with the [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BeginnersTeam/FocusGroups/Wiki/SoD2010|Summer of Documentation 2010]] Project. As part of this project I have worked on the following wiki pages:
 * [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AustralianTeam/Projects/BugJams|AU Loco Team BugJams]]
 * [[https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AudioCapture|Audio Capture]]
  
=== AU Local Community Team ===
I am a member of the [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-au | Ubuntu-AU Loco Team]]. As part of the Ubuntu-AU Loco, I help answer questions in the #ubuntu-au IRC channel & on the [[https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-au | Ubuntu-AU]] mailing list.

I initiated the [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AustralianTeam/Projects/BugJams | Ubuntu-AU Bug Jams Project]] to help more members of the Ubuntu-AU Loco Team start to participate within the broader Ubuntu Community. Within this project I am also going to be holding online "How to Triage" sessions. The first of these online sessions was held on Saturday, 24th July 2010. The logs can be found [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AustralianTeam/Projects/BugJams/HowToTriageClass2010July24 | here.]]

=== Internet Relay Chat ===

My registered IRC nickname is kermiac. I enjoy getting to know members of the Ubuntu Community through this medium. I am usually present in the following channels:

 1. #ubuntu-au
 2. #ubuntu-au-chat
 3. #ubuntu-bugs
 4. #ubuntu-testing
 5. #ubuntu-beginners


## == Linux User Group (LUG) ==

## I do not attend any LUG's currently, though it is something I would like to get involved with. I have recently been told about SLUG (Sydney Linux Users ## Group) and hope to attend a meeting soon.

== Goals For The Future ==

## List items should be in the format demonstrated below.

 1. Continue triaging bugs in Launchpad
 2. Continue to get Friends and Family trying Ubuntu
 3. Become an Ubuntu Member
 4. Continue to offer assistance on IRC
 5. Join a LUG
 6. Post more frequently on my Ubuntu related blog

== Testimonials ==

## If you decide to apply for Ubuntu Membership it is advised that you have some testimonials written by other people.

Mitch Mitch Mitch...what can I say that will do him justice? He's always willing to learn, and share what he knows with others. He's always offering to help on a project and he's constantly giving help to those who need it, whether it be via the IRC, forums, or Launchpad he's there. His assistance with the Wiki FG is beyond invaluable and I totally hope that he continues to work with us. He's got my full support for not only [[BeginnersTeam]] Membership but for Ubuntu Membership as well. [[zkriesse]] 2010-07-13
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https://launchpadlibrarian.net/37876822/lp-ubuntu.png

https://launchpad.net/@@/person Name

Mitch Towner

https://launchpadlibrarian.net/16121192/gem-sm.png Location

Australia

http://www.carillon.org/illu/world.gif My Website

Ramblings of an Ubuntu User

https://launchpadlibrarian.net/9608570/ubuntu_emblem.png Ubuntu Forums Profile

kermiac

https://launchpad.net/favicon.ico Launchpad Profile

Mitch Towner

https://launchpad.net/@@/language IRC

kermiac

https://launchpad.net/@@/team Linux User

#xxxxxx

http://ubuntucounter.geekosophical.net/favicon.ico Registered Ubuntu User

#29861

About Me

I first tried Ubuntu when 6.10 (Edgy) was released in 2006. By the time 7.04 (Feisty) was released I was hooked & switched all of my computers over to Ubuntu. Since then I have managed to successfully convert many friends & family to Ubuntu.

Socially

Basically, my social life revolves around my family Wink ;) If my kids have scouts, karate, etc - that's what I'm doing socially.

When i do occasionally find that I have some "down time", I like to read a good book, enjoy a movie or play around with whatever latest computer-related topic has piqued my interest.

Professionally

I am an IT Engineer (currently) specialising in HP Products (anything from ipaqs, laptops & desktops to mission critical servers & everything in between).

I have led the change from windows 2000 to Ubuntu in my current workplace. For the last couple of years I have helped create & support a highly customised Ubuntu based SOE on all company Desktops & Laptops (Australia-wide). As of Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid), we are now basing this SOE on LTS releases.

Ubuntu Participation

Ubuntu Bug Squad & Bug Control

I joined the Ubuntu Bug Squad in January 2010 as I felt that this would be a great way to give back to the community. I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Bug Control Team in February 2010 where I continue to do bug triaging work. I mostly work on Ubuntu One related bugs in Launchpad.

I have joined the 5-a-day Team to help motivate myself to work on at least 5 bug reports a day. My 5-a-day stats can be seen here.

Bug Squad Mentors

I have joined the Bug Squad Mentors Team & have been assigned two students. The goal of Bug Squad Mentors are to guide students with an aim of them becoming members of the Bug Control Team.

Apport Hooks

I have recently been working on Apport Package Hooks. This has been a fun & challenging way to learn more about python & a great first step towards contributing to Ubuntu.

Hooks I have written:

SRU Verification Team

I joined the SRU Verification Team in January 2010 & have tested a few SRU packages.

Examples:

Ubuntu Beginners Team

I have recently been accepted as a member of the Ubuntu Beginners Team. I find it very rewarding when I am able to help new users see just how truly awesome Ubuntu & Free Software really is. I am looking forward to helping with the new focus that this group is taking to become a "springboard" into the broader Ubuntu Community.

IRC Focus Group

I actively participate in helping new users in the #ubuntu-beginners IRC channel.

Wiki Focus Group

I am currently helping the Ubuntu Beginners Wiki Focus Group with the Summer of Documentation 2010 Project. As part of this project I have worked on the following wiki pages:

AU Local Community Team

I am a member of the Ubuntu-AU Loco Team. As part of the Ubuntu-AU Loco, I help answer questions in the #ubuntu-au IRC channel & on the Ubuntu-AU mailing list.

I initiated the Ubuntu-AU Bug Jams Project to help more members of the Ubuntu-AU Loco Team start to participate within the broader Ubuntu Community. Within this project I am also going to be holding online "How to Triage" sessions. The first of these online sessions was held on Saturday, 24th July 2010. The logs can be found here.

Internet Relay Chat

My registered IRC nickname is kermiac. I enjoy getting to know members of the Ubuntu Community through this medium. I am usually present in the following channels:

  1. #ubuntu-au
  2. #ubuntu-au-chat
  3. #ubuntu-bugs
  4. #ubuntu-testing
  5. #ubuntu-beginners

Goals For The Future

  1. Continue triaging bugs in Launchpad
  2. Continue to get Friends and Family trying Ubuntu
  3. Become an Ubuntu Member
  4. Continue to offer assistance on IRC
  5. Join a LUG
  6. Post more frequently on my Ubuntu related blog

Testimonials

Mitch Mitch Mitch...what can I say that will do him justice? He's always willing to learn, and share what he knows with others. He's always offering to help on a project and he's constantly giving help to those who need it, whether it be via the IRC, forums, or Launchpad he's there. His assistance with the Wiki FG is beyond invaluable and I totally hope that he continues to work with us. He's got my full support for not only BeginnersTeam Membership but for Ubuntu Membership as well. zkriesse 2010-07-13


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