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Mitch Towner

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Ramblings of an Ubuntu User

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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. My partner/girlfriend is actually liking it more than windows Smile :) 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

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 lead 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). 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.

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.

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. This is something that I need to do more often.

Beginners Team

I am not a member of the Beginners Team yet. I am currently in the process of joining it. I wish to join this team as I find it very rewarding when I am able to help new users see just how truly awesome Ubuntu & Free Software really is. I aim to become a team member by July 2010.

IRC Focus Group

I can usually be found in #ubuntu-beginners & help out wherever I can.

Wiki Focus Group

I have decided to help out 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. We are currently undergoing the re-approval process. I hope to be able to more actively contribute locally once the Loco Team has been re-approved.

Internet Relay Chat

My registered IRC nickname is kermiac. I am looking forward to getting to know the Ubuntu community members better 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

  1. Continue to triage bugs in Launchpad
  2. Continue to get Friends and Family trying Ubuntu
  3. Become an Ubuntu Beginners Team member
  4. Continue to offer assistance on IRC
  5. Join a LUG
  6. Create a blog outlining the experiences of my grandmothers' switch from windows to Ubuntu

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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