PaulW2U Name

Paul White Location

South Gloucestershire, UK Launchpad Profile

PaulW2U Ubuntu Forums Profile

PaulW2U Ubuntu related blog

Just another Ubuntu user Website

SWL >> G6AVH >> G4MBY Freenode IRC nick


Ubuntu Main Ubuntu Version

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus

About Me

I first became interested in Linux in 2000 when I saw RedHat, Mandrake and several other distributions being sold as cheap box sets in one of my local bookshops. Unfortunately, I never managed to get any of those early installations working properly so I reluctantly gave up and returned to Windows.

Ten years later, at the beginning of 2010, my father, who had taken up an interest in computing upon his retirement, told me that he was using Ubuntu Linux and shortly after I installed Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx on an old Dell Dimension 8400 PC which I had purchased in 2005. I have been using Ubuntu or one of its flavours on various desktops, laptops and netbooks ever since.

I am currently using the following Ubuntu versions:

And currently testing the following Ubuntu version:

Ubuntu Membership

I was granted an Ubuntu Membership on 8th January 2015, primarily for my ongoing contribution to the production of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. I am extremely grateful to those who helped to make this possible and to those who voted in favour of my application.

My Profile Pages

Internet Relay Chat

My registered IRC nickname is PaulW2U.

I am usually present in the following channels, amongst many others, on the Freenode network:





Contributions to Ubuntu

Ubuntu Forums

I have been a member of Ubuntu Forums since 20th May 2010. I began by answering general support questions especially those related to Kubuntu, KDE and those posted by "Absolute Beginners". I also assisted the forum staff by alerting them to duplicate, inappropriate or "spam" posts, and later concentrated on replying to users asking "community" related questions.

To my surprise, I was invited to become a Forum Moderator on 15th June 2015. I accepted the invitation although it was necessary, for personal reasons, to step down just three months later. However, I have continued to report spam, answer questions, and contribute to discussions although now on a somewhat irregular basis.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter

For almost three years I was a regular contributor to the production of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. Each week, as part of a small team, I collected links to stories, podcasts and videos, wrote summaries for the links that had been collected and then proof read the final draft prior to the newsletter being released. My initial involvement with the newsletter was for 56 consecutive issues from Issue #316 (released on 13th May 2013) to Issue #371 (released on 9th June 2014).

I resumed my participation with Issue #387 (released on 13th October 2014) and worked on every issue, in one capacity or another until Issue #453 when I decided to move on to other interests within Ubuntu. During my time with the newsletter I reviewed and updated many of the team's Wiki pages to make them more relevant and useful to new contributors especially LinkSuggestions which had become very out of date.

Ubuntu Bug Squad

I have been reporting bugs for all Ubuntu releases that I have used since I started beta testing Maverick Meerkat in July 2010. I joined the Ubuntu Bug Squad on 21st July 2013 with the aim of submitting better bug reports, improve those already submitted, identify duplicate reports and remove any out of date reports that refer to either old versions of software or Ubuntu releases that are no longer supported.

Ubuntu Quality Team

I joined the Quality Team on 1st December 2013. My contributions have mainly been limited to ISO testing for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu with almost 700 tests logged on the ISO Tracker so far.


The following extracts, from blog posts by Elizabeth K. Joseph, acknowledge my contributions to the production of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

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    "Over these past couple of months I’m happy to say we’ve gained the help of Paul White who has not only been doing a great job helping collect links throughout the week for the newsletter, but has also come through for us each week to write summaries (even on Sunday afternoon when we need some final ones quickly!). But it wouldn’t be fair to continue making Paul write so much!" (2013-07-13)

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    "I’m happy to say that today we have some really exceptional work coming from Paul White who participates from beginning to end: link collection, summary writing and editing." (2013-02-04)

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    "Each one of these issues is the result of a team of contributors who collect links for our newsletter (typically Paul White and myself) and then a weekend of writing summaries for many of these collected articles, where again Paul White has been an exceptional contributor, with several others pitching here and there for a few issues." (2014-12-31)

  • From
    "Super star Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter contributor Paul White recently was reflecting upon his work with the newsletter and noted that he was approaching 100 issues that he’s contributed to. Wow!" (2015-06-29)

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    "For the past several years, Paul White has been my right hand man with the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. If you enjoy reading the newsletter, you should thank him as well." (2015-11-20)


If you wish to describe any of my contributions to the Ubuntu Community in further detail then please feel free to do so. Thank You.

Paul is an amazing guy, always willing to help with the UWN. He's been doing a great part of the job for the issues, and is a vital part of the team nowadays. I definitely believe that he is a great community member, and Membership is well deserved for him. Keep up the good work, and now to Issue 400! - -- jose 2014-12-29 22:14:04


PaulW2U (last edited 2016-04-28 14:37:52 by paulw2u)