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|| '''Name:''' || Rich Johnson (nixternal) ||
|| '''Location:''' || Chicago, IL {us} ||
|| '''Blog:''' || [http://blog.nixternal.org] ||
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|| '''Name:'''                || Rich Johnson (nixternal)                                                                                                       ||
|| '''Location:'''         || Chicago, IL {us}                                                                                                ||
|| '''WWW:''' || [[http://www.nixternal.com]] || ||
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/kubuntu-members/ Kubuntu-Member] & [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntumembers/ Ubuntu-Member]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-members/|Kubuntu Member]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-doc Ubuntu Documentation Project Member]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntumembers/|Ubuntu Member]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/~edubuntu-doc Edubuntu Documentation Project Member]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-core-dev|Core Developer]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-universe-contributors/ Universe Contributor]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-dev|MOTU]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-qa/ Ubuntu QA]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-doc|Ubuntu Documentation Project Member]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-fridge/ Ubuntu Fridge Editor]
   {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/bugsquad/ BugSquad
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 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-irc|Ubuntu IRC Operator]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-laptop/ Laptop Testing Team] & [https://launchpad.net/people/ubuntu-pda Ubuntu PDA Team] = Former Team/Membership Holdings =
 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/people/kubuntu-council|Kubuntu Council]]
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 {*} [https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-irc Ubuntu IRC Operator]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~communitycouncil|Community Council]]
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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/ubuntu-chicago/ Ubuntu Chicago LoCo] & [https://beta.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-illinois Ubuntu Illinois LoCo]  {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~edubuntu-members|Edubuntu Member]]
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= 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.
 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~edubuntu-doc|Edubuntu Documentation Project]]
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=== 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].
 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~edubuntu-handbook|Edubuntu Handbook Project]]

 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~edubuntu-website|Edubuntu Website]]

 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~edubuntu-artwork|Edubuntu Artwork Project]]

 {*} [[https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-fridge/|Ubuntu Fridge Editor]]

= 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. Another accomplishment I am especially proud of was introducing a KDE desktop meta package for the Edubuntu project. Many people in the KDE and educational communities requested better KDE support out-of-the-box due to a majority of the Edubuntu applications being KDE-based.

==== 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).
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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.  * Member of the Debian KDE project
 * Maintain, co-maintain, and help with a few KDE packages
 * Bug triage
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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.  * KDE e.V. Member
 * Assist with development where needed
 * Bug triage
 * Leader of the Documentation Project
 * Dot Editor (KDE News)
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= 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).
= Goals =
== Ubuntu / Kubuntu ==
 * Make Kubuntu the greatest KDE implementation ever (in progress)
 * Make Ubuntu even better (in progress)
 * Make Edubuntu the leading education operating system (in progress)
 * Leadership responsibilities in the community
    * Current leadership involvement: Community Council, MOTU Council, Americas Regional Membership Board
    * Previous leadership involvement: Kubuntu Council
    * Future leadership goals: Technical Board
 * Provide support and advocacy for Ubuntu until my face turns blue (in progress)
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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. == Debian ==
 * Complete the NM process
 * Work towards Debian Developer status
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= 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/~ubuntu-dev MOTU] - Master Of The Universe

 {*} More programming and development work for KDE.

 {*} More local involvement with the LUGs and spreading the FOSS love.

== 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.

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

 {*} 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!!!
== 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

Launchpad:

http://launchpad.net/~nixternal

GPG Key:

D8C44738

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 gmail 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. Another accomplishment I am especially proud of was introducing a KDE desktop meta package for the Edubuntu project. Many people in the KDE and educational communities requested better KDE support out-of-the-box due to a majority of the Edubuntu applications being KDE-based.

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)
  • Make Edubuntu the leading education operating system (in progress)
  • Leadership responsibilities in the community
    • Current leadership involvement: Community Council, MOTU Council, Americas Regional Membership Board
    • Previous leadership involvement: Kubuntu Council
    • Future leadership goals: 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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