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== Current Team/Membership Status == = Current Team/Membership Status =
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-doc Ubuntu Documentation Project Member]

 {*} [https://launchpad.net/~edubuntu-doc Edubuntu Documentation Project Member]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-laptop/ Laptop Testing Team] & [https://launchpad.net/people/pdatesters/ PDA Testing Team]  {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-laptop/ Laptop Testing Team] & [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-pda Ubuntu PDA Team]

 {*} [https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-irc Ubuntu IRC Operator]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/unp New User Network]  {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-chicago/ Ubuntu Chicago LoCo] & [https://beta.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-illinois Ubuntu Illinois LoCo]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-chicago/ Ubuntu Chicago Lo``Co] = Community Contributions =
== Ubuntu ==
My current contributions are mainly in the Kubuntu community. Some of my achievements are with Kubuntu documentation (rewrote the entire topic based help setup for Kubuntu, maintained development release notes for Kubuntu), have a multitude of packages now that I help maintain on my way to becoming a MOTU. I have contributed patches to various projects/packages as well.
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== Ubuntu Community Contributions ==
The following is list of contributions I have currently been working on. I am working close with the DocumentationTeam currently, on creating a "Swtiching to Kubuntu from Windows" userguide. This project is still under the initial planning stages and should start-up very soon. I have done a lot of bug-triage here recently and helped out quite a few tech support issues via the Launchapd. The WikiTeam recently switched over from one location to another, so this is keeping me busy as well. The following are some examples of the other work I have done with this wonderful community.
=== Team Work ===
 * Ubuntu Chicago LoCo team and Ubuntu Illinois LoCo team creator and leader.
 * Ubuntu Documentation Project - Kubuntu and Edubuntu documentation. Wiki cleanup and organization as well as community documentation contributions.
 * MOTU wannabe ([https://beta.launchpad.net/~nixternal/+packages my list of packages)\])- created, merged, and synced multiple packages during the Edgy and Feisty development cycle
    * Created KTorrent patch for Breezy-Feisty to close a security issue
 * MarketingTeam - Working closely with the community manager and the LoCo teams with advocacy.
 * BugSquad & UbuntuQA - Providing triage if possible to bugs, acting as a liason in order to gain more information or provide support if needed. Confirming bugs, reorganizing old or outdated bugs, or recommending other members to research the bug. Also mentoring on some bugs as a new feature to Launchpad.
 * LaptopTestingTeam - Providing support in the IRC channel, providing testing support for the Kubuntu developers, as well as the Ubuntu developers. Tested the [:LaptopTestingTeam/ToshibaSatellite1735:Toshiba Satellite 1735] for Kubuntu (Dapper Flight 7 and Kubuntu Dapper 6.06 Release Candidate) & [:LaptopTestingTeam/CompaqPresarioC304NR:Compaq Presario C304NR].
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==== Specifications ====
 * [https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+spec/kubuntu-tech-support-direct-links/ Technical Support] - concerning Kubuntu and new users. This specification could be utilized greatly in the non-commercial arena of Kubuntu and possibly ported to offer cross-communications between Canonical support staff and the entire Kubuntu Community. More information is available by visiting ["Kubuntu/NonComSupportSpec"].
== Debian ==
I am currently the maintainer for Krename in Debian as a member of the KDE Extras team. I have created a libhttp package that is currently ITP'd and awaiting sponsorship via mentors. I am helping or trying to help out the Plucker maintainer and getting a suitable GUI/Desktop module installed once again. I have future plans of maintaining other packages as well either with the Debian KDE team or with the KDE Extras team.
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 * [https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+spec/kubuntu-automated-install/ New User Configurations Tool] - concerning Kubuntu and new users. This specification could be utilized in various efforts already either provided or suggested in the Kubuntu community. I have noticed that there were a couple of these recommended and some even listed Kubuntu, but once reading the specifications and their outlines, it was Ubuntu specific. Their ideas are great and have noticed some were already being worked on. What I seen would work, but looked like it was just to much and at times an eye sore. This would provide a wizard, named Konqi, that will guide a new user in his/her first times with Kubuntu and even Linux in general. There is more work to be done, and I am willing to work within a team to get this created. More information concerning this spec is available by visiting ["Kubuntu/AutomatedInstallSpec"]. == KDE ==
I am also a member of the KDE community. Currently I have been helping on establishing a documentation primer for new contributors, preparing for KDE 4 and KOffice 2 documentation. I am the current maintainer of the KOrgranizer documentation and I am helping out with KHelpCenter anyway possible. During my time so far with this community I have learned the basics of Qt4 and hopefully will start getting into more development work. I am working closesly with the Mailody crew as well as the Katapult crew with documentation and some code whenever I get the chance.
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==== Team Work ====
 * ChicagoTeam - Designing, creating, and implementing a brand new LoCoTeam for the Chicago land area. I am the team contact, and currently the leader of operations. Currently working on organization features and the future of Ubuntu for Chicago. Together with other members, organized our first meeting and event!!!
= About Me =
I am a 33 year old self-proclaimed geek. I have been messing with Linux since around the end of 1994 or the beginning of 1995 while in the US Navy. We had a fast connection, and a ton of floppy disks. Over the past 12+ years my main distributions have been Debian, SuSE, Slackware, and now Kubuntu. If there was a KDE distro during the 90's and early 2000's, you can bet I used or tried it. I am currently a student all over again enjoying the benefits of my veterans grant and my GI Bill. School is free and I actually get a little money for each month of school I am enrolled in. My current studies are Executive Business Management and Computer Science (mainly programming languages).
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 * WikiTeam work - Creating, Editing, and stylizing pages. ~-Category''Cleanup-~ and ~-Category''Documentation-~ work.
   
 * DocTeam work - Working with JonathanJesse on creating a "Switching to Kubuntu" guide for current Microsoft Users. Reviewing current documentation and providing support to other team members, as well as creating diff's.
After I got off of active duty in the military in 1998, I worked for a company as a controls automation developer. I created programs that ran on Allen-Bradley PLC5's and SLC500's. I did a lot of usability development for Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) as well as some SCADA, SAP, and ERP type development as well. From there I got tired of programming in Ladder Logic, Assembly, C/C++, and Visual Basic, so I decided to give the networking and hardware world a spin. I got addicted quite fast and worked with various architectures. During this time I went and got all of the certifications everyone seems to have out of highschool nowadays. Well in 2006 I caught the programming bug after working closely with the Ubuntu and Kubuntu developers that I decided to go back to school and relearn it, and learn new stuff.
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 * MarketingTeam work - Working together with other members in the restructuring and redesigning of the MarketingTeam. Current tasks include redesigning the current Wiki page, helping with the UbuntuMagazine, and working with the ChicagoTeam LoCo providing documentation to use for marketing.

 * BugSquad work - Providing triage if possible to bugs, acting as a liason in order to gain more information or provide support if needed. Confirming bugs, reorganizing old or outdated bugs, or recommending other members to research the bug.

 * LaptopTestingTeam work - Providing support in the IRC channel, providing testing support for the Kubuntu developers, as well as the Ubuntu developers. Tested the [:LaptopTestingTeam/ToshibaSatellite1735:Toshiba Satellite 1735] for Kubuntu (Dapper Flight 7 and Kubuntu Dapper 6.06 Release Candidate).

 * NewUserNetwork work - Providing one-on-one support with users in the ~-#ubuntu-classroom-~ channel. Future tasks will involve actual lectures and schooling in the channel to brand new users.

 * Various contributions in the [http://kubuntuforums.net Kubuntu Forums] and the [http://www.ubuntuforums.org Ubuntu Forums].

 * I have assisted in a few [https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+tickets Tech Support] issues on the [https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu Ubuntu/Kubuntu Launchpad].

 * IRC Support - ~-#kubuntu, #kubuntu-devel, #ubuntu-motu, #ubuntu-doc, #ubuntu-marketing, #ubuntu-laptop, #ubuntu-bugs, #ubuntu-nun, #ubuntu-classroom, #ubuntu-locoteams, #ubuntu-chicago, #kubuntu-offtopic.-~

 * Assisting Kubuntu developers, Documentation team members, Marketing team members, and other community groups and teams when needed.

== About Me ==
I am a 32 year old systems/network administrator. I have a history with computers ever since I was a child. Both of my parents worked in the engineering field since I was born, so I was always around computers, electronics, and broadcasting. Throughout high school I wanted to be an architect so that is where all of my focus was. That switched of course after I joined the Navy. In the Navy (now don't start singing along with the Village People) I was mostly a combat engineer, but most of my studies were electronics and computers. I have degrees in everything from Computer Science, Business Management & Administration, as well as Business Law. Certifications include A+, Network+, Linux+, CCNA, CCNE, MCSE, SCSE, Sun Certified System Administrator for Solaris, Sun Certified Network Administrator for Solaris, Sun Enterprise Server, as well as system manufacturer specific certifications (HP, Dell, IBM, Compaq). Why all of the certifications? They were free, that's why. Prior companies and my G.I. Bill took care of that. I am proof that just because you have a certification doesn't mean that you know it all, because I sure don't. I am still learning stuff that should have been in the certification exams, or it probably was, I just got lucky and it wasn't on my test :) .

In my spare time, I am either hacking some sort of hardware or electronics, learning how to code, working on school stuff, testing Kubuntu, or hanging out. I recently picked up Kubuntu after 10 years of various distro's including Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSe, Debian, Slackware, SCO, Caldera, VA, Yellowdog, Stampede, Gentoo, Mepis, and here to Kubuntu. My Unix experience is across many platforms inlcluding but not limited to: Sun Solaris, HP-UX, BSD, Linux, AIX, IRIX, and HURD. I will admit though, I had been using way to much Microsoft, and the time has finally come for me to stop. I am a hardware and networking junky and I enjoy reverse engineering and hacking both. My experience with hardware hacking has led to writing how-to's, reviews, and various other IT specific articles for major online techy organizations. I case mod, I overclock, I watercool, and even some phase change cooling. I love taking things to the limits to see if they are breakable and how I can make them bigger, badder, and tougher.

== My Availability ==
= My Availability =
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== My Goals ==
==== Short Term / Community Goals ====
 {*} Become a [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntumembers/ Ubuntu-Member]
= My Goals =
== Short Term / Community Goals ==
 {*} Become a [https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-dev MOTU] - Master Of The Universe
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 {*} Become a [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-doc/ Documentation-Member]  {*} More programming and development work for KDE.
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 {*} Provide packaging support if and when needed (Relearning the process).  {*} More local involvement with the LUGs and spreading the FOSS love.
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==== Long Term / Community Goals ====
 {*} Starting school to concentrate on computer programming, with an emphasis in C++. Other languages in this course include C#, Python, Web and others.
== Long Term / Community Goals ==
 {*} Eventually become a core developer in the Ubuntu project.

 {*} Eventually become a Debian Developer

 {*} Continue my Business Administration and Computer Programming courses.
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 {*} Make the ChicagoTeam LoCoTeam very successfull in a SpreadUbuntu campaign. Make it one of the most successfull LoCo operations in the United State and beyond!!!  {*} Make the Chicago and Illinois LoCo teams very successfull in a SpreadUbuntu campaign. Make it one of the most successfull LoCo operations in the United State and beyond!!!

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Name:

Rich Johnson (nixternal)

Location:

Chicago, IL {us}

Blog:

[http://blog.nixternal.com]

Launchpad:

[http://launchpad.net/~nixternal]

GPG Key:

[http://keyserver.ubuntu.com:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0x95542BCC3AA23898093956E73EC9A39D2E2C0124 2E2C0124]

COMMUNICATIONS

E-Mail:

MailTo(nixternal AT kubuntu DOT org)

IRC:

nixternal on Freenode & OFTC

Jabber:

MailTo(nixternal AT google DOT com)

AIM

nixternal

Yahoo

nixternal

MSN

nixternal

ICQ

240776631

Current Team/Membership Status

Community Contributions

Ubuntu

My current contributions are mainly in the Kubuntu community. Some of my achievements are with Kubuntu documentation (rewrote the entire topic based help setup for Kubuntu, maintained development release notes for Kubuntu), have a multitude of packages now that I help maintain on my way to becoming a MOTU. I have contributed patches to various projects/packages as well.

Team Work

  • Ubuntu Chicago LoCo team and Ubuntu Illinois LoCo team creator and leader.

  • Ubuntu Documentation Project - Kubuntu and Edubuntu documentation. Wiki cleanup and organization as well as community documentation contributions.
  • MOTU wannabe ([https://beta.launchpad.net/~nixternal/+packages my list of packages)\])- created, merged, and synced multiple packages during the Edgy and Feisty development cycle

    • Created KTorrent patch for Breezy-Feisty to close a security issue
  • MarketingTeam - Working closely with the community manager and the LoCo teams with advocacy.

  • BugSquad & UbuntuQA - Providing triage if possible to bugs, acting as a liason in order to gain more information or provide support if needed. Confirming bugs, reorganizing old or outdated bugs, or recommending other members to research the bug. Also mentoring on some bugs as a new feature to Launchpad.

  • LaptopTestingTeam - Providing support in the IRC channel, providing testing support for the Kubuntu developers, as well as the Ubuntu developers. Tested the [:LaptopTestingTeam/ToshibaSatellite1735:Toshiba Satellite 1735] for Kubuntu (Dapper Flight 7 and Kubuntu Dapper 6.06 Release Candidate) & [:LaptopTestingTeam/CompaqPresarioC304NR:Compaq Presario C304NR].

Debian

I am currently the maintainer for Krename in Debian as a member of the KDE Extras team. I have created a libhttp package that is currently ITP'd and awaiting sponsorship via mentors. I am helping or trying to help out the Plucker maintainer and getting a suitable GUI/Desktop module installed once again. I have future plans of maintaining other packages as well either with the Debian KDE team or with the KDE Extras team.

KDE

I am also a member of the KDE community. Currently I have been helping on establishing a documentation primer for new contributors, preparing for KDE 4 and KOffice 2 documentation. I am the current maintainer of the KOrgranizer documentation and I am helping out with KHelpCenter anyway possible. During my time so far with this community I have learned the basics of Qt4 and hopefully will start getting into more development work. I am working closesly with the Mailody crew as well as the Katapult crew with documentation and some code whenever I get the chance.

About Me

I am a 33 year old self-proclaimed geek. I have been messing with Linux since around the end of 1994 or the beginning of 1995 while in the US Navy. We had a fast connection, and a ton of floppy disks. Over the past 12+ years my main distributions have been Debian, SuSE, Slackware, and now Kubuntu. If there was a KDE distro during the 90's and early 2000's, you can bet I used or tried it. I am currently a student all over again enjoying the benefits of my veterans grant and my GI Bill. School is free and I actually get a little money for each month of school I am enrolled in. My current studies are Executive Business Management and Computer Science (mainly programming languages).

After I got off of active duty in the military in 1998, I worked for a company as a controls automation developer. I created programs that ran on Allen-Bradley PLC5's and SLC500's. I did a lot of usability development for Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) as well as some SCADA, SAP, and ERP type development as well. From there I got tired of programming in Ladder Logic, Assembly, C/C++, and Visual Basic, so I decided to give the networking and hardware world a spin. I got addicted quite fast and worked with various architectures. During this time I went and got all of the certifications everyone seems to have out of highschool nowadays. Well in 2006 I caught the programming bug after working closely with the Ubuntu and Kubuntu developers that I decided to go back to school and relearn it, and learn new stuff.

My Availability

I am here to assist the community in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you need assistance. Feel free to use any means of communication listed above.

My Goals

Short Term / Community Goals

  • Ubuntu Become a [https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-dev MOTU] - Master Of The Universe

    Ubuntu More programming and development work for KDE.

    Ubuntu More local involvement with the LUGs and spreading the FOSS love.

Long Term / Community Goals

  • Ubuntu Eventually become a core developer in the Ubuntu project.

    Ubuntu Eventually become a Debian Developer

    Ubuntu Continue my Business Administration and Computer Programming courses.

    Ubuntu Continue providing the Ubuntu community with testing, support, as well as advocacy for the years to come.

    Ubuntu Make the Chicago and Illinois LoCo teams very successfull in a SpreadUbuntu campaign. Make it one of the most successfull LoCo operations in the United State and beyond!!!


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