Ubuntu Forums Profile
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.
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.
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 Lucid, we are now basing this SOE on LTS releases.
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.
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.
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.
I have recently been accepted as a member of the 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 is to be held on Saturday, 24th July 2010. The logs can be found here after the session.
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:
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
- Continue to triage bugs in Launchpad
- Continue to get Friends and Family trying Ubuntu
- Become an Ubuntu Member
- Continue to offer assistance on IRC
- Join a LUG
- Post more frequently on my Ubuntu related blog
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