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##designed borrowed from JonathanCarter
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|| '''Location:''' || Chicago, IL {us} ||
|| '''Blog:''' || [http://home.comcast.net/~nixternal] ||
|| '''Launchpad:''' || [http://launchpad.net/people/nixternal] ||
|| '''GPG Key:''' || [http://keyserver.ubuntu.com:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0x95542BCC3AA23898093956E73EC9A39D2E2C0124 2E2C0124] ||
|| '''Linux UID#''' || [http://counter.li.org/cgi-bin/runscript/display-person.cgi?user=418283 418283] ||
|||| ~+'''COMMUNICATIONS'''+~ ||
|| '''E-Mail:''' || [[MailTo(nixternal AT ubuntu DOT com, nixternal at ubuntu dot com)]] ||
|| '''IRC:''' || nixternal on irc.freenode.net ||
|| '''Jabber:''' || nixternal - ~-gmail.com-~ & ~-jabber.kubuntu.de-~ ||
|| '''AIM''' || nixternal ||
|| '''Yahoo''' || nixternal ||
|| '''MSN''' || nixternal ||
|| '''ICQ''' || 24077631 ||
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|| '''Name:''' || Rich Johnson (nixternal) ||
|| '''Location:''' || Chicago, IL {us} ||
|| '''WWW:''' || [[http://www.nixternal.com]] ||
|| '''Blog:''' || [[http://blog.nixternal.com]] ||
|| '''Launchpad:''' || [[http://launchpad.net/~nixternal]] ||
|| '''GPG Key:''' || [[http://keyserver.ubuntu.com:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xF4C1838CD8C44738]] ||
|||| ~+'''COMMUNICATIONS'''+~ ||
|| '''E-Mail:''' || <<MailTo(nixternal AT ubuntu DOT com)>><<BR>><<MailTo(nixternal AT kubuntu DOT org)>><<BR>><<MailTo(rjohnson AT kde DOT org)>> ||
|| '''IRC:''' || nixternal on Freenode & OFTC ||
|| '''Jabber:''' || <<MailTo(nixternal AT google DOT com)>> ||
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== Current Team/Membership Status ==
 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/kubuntu-members/ Kubuntu-Member] & [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntumembers/ Ubuntu-Member]
= Current Team/Membership Status =
 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/people/kubuntu-members/|Kubuntu Member]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-universe-contributors/ Universe Contributor]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntumembers/|Ubuntu Member]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-qa/ Ubuntu QA]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/people/edubuntu-members|Edubuntu Member]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-fridge/ Ubuntu Fridge Editor]
 
 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/bugsquad/ BugSquad]
 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-core-dev|Core Developer]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-laptop/ Laptop Testing Team] & [https://launchpad.net/people/pdatesters/ PDA Testing Team]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-dev|MOTU]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-marketing/ Ubuntu Marketing]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~motu-council|MOTU Council]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/wikiteam/ Wiki Team] & [https://launchpad.net/people/wikiforumteam/ Wiki Forum Team]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-membership-board-americas|Ubuntu Membership Board - Americas Region]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/unp New User Network]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-doc|Ubuntu Documentation Project Member]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-chicago/ Ubuntu Chicago Lo``Co]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-fridge/|Ubuntu Fridge Editor]]
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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.
 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-irc|Ubuntu IRC Operator]]
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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"].
= Former Team/Membership Holdings =
 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/people/kubuntu-council|Kubuntu Council]]
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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"]. = Free Software Contributions =
== Ubuntu / Kubuntu ==
 * Development
 * Documentation
 * Advocation
 * Support
 * Community Leadership
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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!!!
==== Development ====
I have been a part of the Ubuntu development community since 2005. Since then I have become both a MOTU and a Core Developer. I have worked on all types of packages whether it was packaging them from scratch, updating to new release, merging or syncing from Debian, fixing bugs, and more. During this time I have also helped lead various classroom events and mentorships, aiding future Ubuntu developers in gaining a deeper knowledge of the policies, best practices, and team work. My proudest accomplishments in the development arena have been successfully package and fixing core KDE packages for Kubuntu and getting recognized as well as given permissions to upload and contribute to the Debian Qt/KDE Team. Another big accomplishment was being elected by my peers to be a part of the MOTU Council, helping mold the future of Ubuntu development.
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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.
==== Documentation ====
I started my Ubuntu community career with Kubuntu system documentation. Since that time I have become one of the leaders of the Ubuntu Documentation Project. My biggest accomplishments with working as a part of the Documentation Project has been successfully re-engineering the way documentation is displayed in Kubuntu as well as being chosen to assist in authoring the Official Ubuntu Book (the Edubuntu chapter). At one point I helped revitalize the Edubuntu Documentation Project. This work has led me to lead up the KDE Documentation Project as well as work with the project leader in GNOME to help bring a unified documentation standard to the Linux desktop.
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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. ==== Advocation ====
Marketing and Business Management is my educational background, so of course I felt at home with advocation. After working with the Marketing Team for a bit, I decided it was time to create the Ubuntu Chicago Local Community Team. We were one of the first officially recognized LoCo Teams in the United States. Since then myself and Ubuntu Chicago has led many successful campaigns in Chicago, and have gotten together with other LoCo Teams in the United States to work together.
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 * 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. ==== Support ====
When I first started, I was an IRC monkey. I was in every channel helping people with any and all issues that I could. From there it spread to the mailing lists and then eventually to hands-on local support here in Chicago as part of the Ubuntu Chicago LoCo Team. If you ever need any help, please do not hesitate to contact me!
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 * 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). ==== Community Leadership ====
My first bout with leadership in the Ubuntu Community was with the Kubuntu Council. This team was very similar to the Ubuntu Community Council, however the main focus was of course on Kubuntu. From here it spread. I was elected to join the MOTU council where I have helped approve many new MOTU members as well as recommend many new Core Developers to the Technical Board. In this position the toughest and most rewarding job was conflict resolution. In many of our cases we were able to calm the waters making everyone happy in the end. In one such case, the person who was creating the rough waters, has gone on to become a great contributor to the Debian project, and is still considered a friend to this day. In 2008, the Community Council realized they were to small to handle the membership side of their duties, and instead of taking 2 days to process Ubuntu Membership Applications, the Regional Membership Boards were created. I was elected as a member to the America's Board and have faithfully served the duties of approving new Ubuntu Members since then. This has been one of the most fun positions as I get to meet new people at every meeting, and I get to see people who might not be ready today, grow to be one of the greatest contributors to the project ever tomorrow. My leadership qualities and duties within the Ubuntu Community have helped me become a leader in the KDE community as well by performing the duties as the Leader of the KDE Documentation Project, a member of the KDE e.V., and the newest member to the KDE Community Working Group (KDE's version of the Community Council).
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 * 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. == Debian ==
 * Member of the Debian KDE project
 * Maintain, co-maintain, and help with a few KDE packages
 * Bug triage
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 * Various contributions in the [http://kubuntuforums.net Kubuntu Forums] and the [http://www.ubuntuforums.org Ubuntu Forums]. == KDE ==
 * KDE e.V. Member
 * Assist with development where needed
 * Bug triage
 * Leader of the Documentation Project
 * Dot Editor (KDE News)
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 * 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]. = Goals =
== Ubuntu / Kubuntu ==
 * Make Kubuntu the greatest KDE implementation ever (in progress)
 * Make Ubuntu even better (in progress)
 * Leadership responsibilities in the community
    * Current leadership involvement: MOTU Council, Americas Regional Membership Board
    * Previous leadership involvement: Kubuntu Council
    * Future leadership goals: Community Council, Technical Board
 * Provide support and advocacy for Ubuntu until my face turns blue (in progress)
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 * 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.-~ == Debian ==
 * Complete the NM process
 * Work towards Debian Developer status
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 * 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 ==
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 ====
 {*} Become a [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntumembers/ Ubuntu-Member]

 {*} Become a [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-doc/ Documentation-Member]

 {*} Provide packaging support if and when needed (Relearning the process).

==== 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.

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

 {*} 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!!!
== KDE ==
 * Continue development assistance with KDE 4 (in progress)

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Name:

Rich Johnson (nixternal)

Location:

Chicago, IL {us}

WWW:

http://www.nixternal.com

Blog:

http://blog.nixternal.com

Launchpad:

http://launchpad.net/~nixternal

GPG Key:

http://keyserver.ubuntu.com:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xF4C1838CD8C44738

COMMUNICATIONS

E-Mail:

<nixternal AT ubuntu DOT com>
<nixternal AT kubuntu DOT org>
<rjohnson AT kde DOT org>

IRC:

nixternal on Freenode & OFTC

Jabber:

<nixternal AT google DOT com>

Current Team/Membership Status

Former Team/Membership Holdings

Free Software Contributions

Ubuntu / Kubuntu

  • Development
  • Documentation
  • Advocation
  • Support
  • Community Leadership

Development

I have been a part of the Ubuntu development community since 2005. Since then I have become both a MOTU and a Core Developer. I have worked on all types of packages whether it was packaging them from scratch, updating to new release, merging or syncing from Debian, fixing bugs, and more. During this time I have also helped lead various classroom events and mentorships, aiding future Ubuntu developers in gaining a deeper knowledge of the policies, best practices, and team work. My proudest accomplishments in the development arena have been successfully package and fixing core KDE packages for Kubuntu and getting recognized as well as given permissions to upload and contribute to the Debian Qt/KDE Team. Another big accomplishment was being elected by my peers to be a part of the MOTU Council, helping mold the future of Ubuntu development.

Documentation

I started my Ubuntu community career with Kubuntu system documentation. Since that time I have become one of the leaders of the Ubuntu Documentation Project. My biggest accomplishments with working as a part of the Documentation Project has been successfully re-engineering the way documentation is displayed in Kubuntu as well as being chosen to assist in authoring the Official Ubuntu Book (the Edubuntu chapter). At one point I helped revitalize the Edubuntu Documentation Project. This work has led me to lead up the KDE Documentation Project as well as work with the project leader in GNOME to help bring a unified documentation standard to the Linux desktop.

Advocation

Marketing and Business Management is my educational background, so of course I felt at home with advocation. After working with the Marketing Team for a bit, I decided it was time to create the Ubuntu Chicago Local Community Team. We were one of the first officially recognized LoCo Teams in the United States. Since then myself and Ubuntu Chicago has led many successful campaigns in Chicago, and have gotten together with other LoCo Teams in the United States to work together.

Support

When I first started, I was an IRC monkey. I was in every channel helping people with any and all issues that I could. From there it spread to the mailing lists and then eventually to hands-on local support here in Chicago as part of the Ubuntu Chicago LoCo Team. If you ever need any help, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Community Leadership

My first bout with leadership in the Ubuntu Community was with the Kubuntu Council. This team was very similar to the Ubuntu Community Council, however the main focus was of course on Kubuntu. From here it spread. I was elected to join the MOTU council where I have helped approve many new MOTU members as well as recommend many new Core Developers to the Technical Board. In this position the toughest and most rewarding job was conflict resolution. In many of our cases we were able to calm the waters making everyone happy in the end. In one such case, the person who was creating the rough waters, has gone on to become a great contributor to the Debian project, and is still considered a friend to this day. In 2008, the Community Council realized they were to small to handle the membership side of their duties, and instead of taking 2 days to process Ubuntu Membership Applications, the Regional Membership Boards were created. I was elected as a member to the America's Board and have faithfully served the duties of approving new Ubuntu Members since then. This has been one of the most fun positions as I get to meet new people at every meeting, and I get to see people who might not be ready today, grow to be one of the greatest contributors to the project ever tomorrow. My leadership qualities and duties within the Ubuntu Community have helped me become a leader in the KDE community as well by performing the duties as the Leader of the KDE Documentation Project, a member of the KDE e.V., and the newest member to the KDE Community Working Group (KDE's version of the Community Council).

Debian

  • Member of the Debian KDE project
  • Maintain, co-maintain, and help with a few KDE packages
  • Bug triage

KDE

  • KDE e.V. Member
  • Assist with development where needed
  • Bug triage
  • Leader of the Documentation Project
  • Dot Editor (KDE News)

Goals

Ubuntu / Kubuntu

  • Make Kubuntu the greatest KDE implementation ever (in progress)
  • Make Ubuntu even better (in progress)
  • Leadership responsibilities in the community
    • Current leadership involvement: MOTU Council, Americas Regional Membership Board
    • Previous leadership involvement: Kubuntu Council
    • Future leadership goals: Community Council, Technical Board
  • Provide support and advocacy for Ubuntu until my face turns blue (in progress)

Debian

  • Complete the NM process
  • Work towards Debian Developer status

KDE

  • Continue development assistance with KDE 4 (in progress)


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