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About Me

My screen name is partially derived from the colour of my hair, Silver. I also like foxes, hence Silver Fox. Nothing else to say really about it, sorry that their is no big mystery Smile :)

Ubuntu was first introduced to me by a colleague and since then it has become my operating system of choice. From tentative steps I feel that I am now quite confident with it. At home I run two machines running various versions of Ubuntu. At the moment I am running Ubuntu 9.04 on a desktop computer and Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 on my Acer Aspire One. I am also testing Lucid Lynx 10.04 Alpha 2 on a spare laptop which has a dual boot with #! Crunchbang Linux 9.04

I have also managed to successfully introduce a few friends to the Ubuntu operating system and now serve as their immediate access to help.


Socially I try to stay fit and active. My fitness regime includes Running, Cycling, Swimming and Badminton. I am also a keen snooker and pool player. Playing Snooker and Pool for the local pub team is my way of relaxing whilst at the same time socializing with friends. I am not really a film buff, but can appreciate good cinema. I do however like music, especially from the 60's era.


I'm an IT professional working in the United Kingdom. I have been working as web developer and database administrator in a very small development team. We typically follow a DSDM methodology in our development projects as we have multiple skills at our disposal.

At work we also make use of Ubuntu for our projects. We have two machines with WUBI 9.04 installs on them and also a machine dual booting Ubuntu 8.04 with Windows XP. I think I am very fortunate to be exposed to these different versions of Ubuntu in that my knowledge and experience can only be enhanced. This knowledge I use when trying to help others.

Ubuntu Participation

Ubuntu Member

My involvement with the community has granted me the privilege to be awarded Ubuntu membership. I would like to thank all those who I have worked with in making this possible and also those who were kind enough to support my application Smile :)

Beginners Team

I am a member of the Beginners Team and I feel a sense of pride to be associated with it. Being a member of this team has allowed me to enhance my Ubuntu education, whilst at the same time help others with their problems. It has also been a perfect opportunity to socialize with the community and get to know individuals better.

My Padawan

I have taken up the role as Master to prospective Beginners Team members. In this role I seek to guide them in their membership application and also to introduce them to the team. Forming bonds early on with the padawan can only help our interactions with one another in the future.

It has been my pleasure to take the following on as padawan:

Diego Turcios | Smeag0l

Young New Users Focus Group

I have been made joint lead of the Young New Users Focus Group. Its purpose is to help young new users integrate with the beginners team and by extension the Ubuntu community. The focus group is designed to be approachable for any help needed by younger users and also to encourage then to respect the Ubuntu Code of Conduct. This group is also a chance for the younger users to post anything they are not sure is suitable to be posted else where. The post is then analysed and if necessary reworded, or if needed we advise to the user not to post it at all.

IRC Focus Group

I am joint lead of the IRC Focus Group. My reason for joining this group is twofold. Primarily I joined this group in order to help users in a real time environment compared to the delay in responses associated with forum assistance. My secondary reason for joining this group was to revive its original purpose of being a support channel, as it had become inactive. I also feel that helping others over IRC is also a good way to build relationships with community members.

Wiki Focus Group

I have joined this focus group in order to do more for the community. I was fortunate enough to join at the very beginning of The Summer of Documentation 2009 period. It was a highly enjoyable experience and one that I look forward to getting involved with again.

Pages Worked On Summer of Documentation 2009

A list of pages that I have worked on:


Whube is a web information system that helps with organizing The Beginners Team. It seeks to manage the Beginners Team Focus Groups activities and Members in a more efficient way than mailing lists and wiki pages. Whube also includes a bug tracking feature, which we feel as a unit will be extremely useful for the Development Focus Group. The system is being developed in house by the more code minded people in the Beginners Team, most notably Paultag, Joeb454 and myself. Features will be added as needed and will be maintained by the 3 developers.

Ubuntu Forums

I am a member of the Ubuntu Forums. Here is the link to My Profile. I consider myself active in the support sections of the forum and always like to help where I can. At present I have over 1000 support area posts. I tend to post in the Programming Talk forum but I do also try to help out where I can in the Absolute Beginner Talk and also General Help forums. If I see a thread where I can contribute something useful I will definitely post in it. I have also signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct and can be considered an Ubuntero.

Unanswered Posts Team

I am not a member of this team at present. I believe that I could contribute to this team as I have a diverse skill/knowledge base that may be of benefit to others.

Internet Relay Chat

My registered IRC nickname is Silver_Fox_. I am looking forward to getting to know the Ubuntu community members better through this medium. I am usually present in the following channels:

  1. #ubuntuforums
  2. #ubuntu-beginners-team
  3. #ubuntu-beginners-YNU
  4. #ubuntu-beginners-help
  5. #ubuntu-uk

Please feel free to say hello ( unless I beat you to it =] )


Zenix is an Ubuntu re-spin with links to Buddhism that was conceived by Bodhi Zazen. I have been involved in this project mainly through taking lead role in the development of its website, but also I have been testing the 32 bit iso of this remix. I have also offered to host the iso's on my server and act as a mirror for downloads. Zenix also has a forum where I am serving as an administrator.

Ubuntu Beginners Team Elections

IRC Focus Group

I am the current lead of the IRC Focus Group. I wish to re-applyfor election.

What I achieved In My Current Term

  • Ubuntu When I first took over this group it was a place to idle in. Now it is a hive of activity.

    Ubuntu Meetings were established again.

    Ubuntu Generally channel promotion has increased

    Ubuntu It was proposed that IRC support channel move to #ubuntu-beginners. This BIG change happened.

    Ubuntu I created the Launchpad Group

How I Would Take This Group Forward

  • Ubuntu I would seek to get more team members involved with support on IRC

    Ubuntu I would also look to increase channel awareness

Testimonials for IRC Lead

Young New Users Focus Group

I am the current lead of the Young New Users Focus Group. Although very quiet I wish to re-apply for election.

What I achieved In My Current Term

  • Ubuntu Team channel was set up

    Ubuntu Meetings were established.

    Ubuntu Help offered to any who asked for it

How I Would Take This Group Forward

  • Ubuntu Continue to run quietly in the background and be available for those who need this group

Testimonials for Young New Users Lead

Council Membership Application

I wish to apply for Membership on The Ubuntu Beginners Council

What I Would Do In This Role

  • Ubuntu I consider myself active and easy to find. From that point of view I am easily approachable

    Ubuntu I would be looking to cut down much of the bureaucracy in the team and get back down to its purpose: SUPPORT

Testimonials for Council Membership


Paultag ( Paul Tagliamonte ) - Since Silver_Fox's induction to the team, I have had the utmost pleasure in collaborating in several areas of the Ubuntu Beginners Team. He has taken up administrative roles next to me in the realm of IRC administration, and kick-started many initiatives regarding policy, moderation and activity. She is also helping me with the development of a team-wide web application that will be used to integrate the Ubuntu Beginners Team even further. These efforts mark an extraordinary dedication past the average member. His work with the UBT alone is not only noteworthy, but exemplary. Please consider Silver_Fox's application favourably, he is an invaluable member to not only my teams, but to the community as a whole. - Silver Fox is awesome. Paultag really laid it all out why. Silver Fox hangs around IRC and helps answer questions to members and non-members alike. Silver Fox is both caring and patient with answering people, even when frustrated. Silver Fox has proven Silver Fox's commitment to team by taking on leadership of focus groups and participating in meetings to better the team, among other things. Silver Fox has most of all provided hours of entertainment to yours truly, in between classes, an invaluable service greatly appreciated. You may wonder why is referring to Silver Fox only by full name? The answer is simple, Silver Fox is so awesome, third person pronouns are afraid of Silver Fox. If Silver Fox wanted, Silver Fox could probably become Super Silver Fox, donning a super hero outfit and saving people from boredom and linux problems single-handedly while coding some application with free hand. So, in case it isn't clear enough, Silver Fox must become a member! That's a fact because said so. Smile :)

swoody - It has been my pleasure to be a member of the Ubuntu Beginners Team alongside Silver Fox. With his full knowledge of Ubuntu, and the way he answers others' questions with patience, it is obvious that he knows his way around the block, but he's not full of himself for it. He does not mind setting aside something he is working on, if he can offer assistance when it's needed. Silver Fox has also become a great leader within the Beginners Team, and a person many others look up to. I have no reservations giving Silver Fox my unabashed support in his application for Ubuntu Membership. I feel he has all the qualities one could wish for of an Ubuntu Member, and I hope that more people can learn and be influenced by this gentleman as he continues being a great leader and role-model for the Ubuntu community.

forestpixie -Silver_Fox has blasted into the UBT and seemingly set about shining a torch into all the little nooks and crannies and bringing them out into the open again - at least that is how it seems Smile :) It is a somewhat gratifying feeling to see someone who I mentored become a member of the UBT and for them to then go on to apply for Ubuntu membership makes it doubly so, once again I come late to the party and have to tack a testimonial on to the end of a list. Silver_Fox embodies in my mind all the traits that Ubuntu members should have. A sustained contribution on the forums has been joined with a great contribution to the little corner of IRC in which we hang about trying to help people away from the hustle of #ubuntu. In my opinion we need more people in our community like Silver_Fox and I, without reservation, strongly support their application for Ubuntu membership.

DiegoTc -Silver_Fox has been a great guy contributing a lot on the UBT. He is always available in helping others. He has been a great master(even he doesn`t like they tell him like that)If you need help just ping Silver_Fox and he will help you and if can't he will help you find the correct answer. He is a great person that has many influenced in guys like me who wants to contribute on the Ubuntu Community. I strongly support his application for Ubuntu Member.

andrew.46 Silver_Fox is not only an extraordinarily helpful and valuable member of the Ubuntu Beginners Team but he is also a fine representative of the Ubuntu ethos and a man who has made substantial contribution to the Ubuntu community in general. I strongly support his application for Ubuntu Membership.

Bhavani_Shankar I ve been following Silver_fox's posts on the forums and he is very active and enthusiastic to help people out(even on the IRC) and I think he should be a defacto Ubuntu Member Smile :)

jgoguen Silver_Fox has been active since day one and shows no signs of slowing down. She is always very pleasant and is a real joy to interact with. Every team within the Ubuntu Beginners Team Silver_Fox has become involved with has benefited greatly from her experience, not just because of her enthusiasm but also because of the great willingness to help she demonstrates that always improves the experience for everyone involved.

BodhiZazen I has been an absolute pleasure to have SilverFox working with the beginners team. I agree with everything that has been stated above , but would like to add a few words on the "human side". SilverFox has many virtues, but most important, IMO, maturity, patience, and kindness. SilverFox has been most helpful with mentoring new members, helping them integrate not only in the BT but also into the Ubuntu Community. I fully support SilverFox in membership to the Ubuntu Community.

Joeb454 I've spoken with Silver_Fox_ on numerous occasions, about a wide range of things to do with the Ubuntu community (our choice of LUG's is/can be the same). Silver_Fox_'s involvement within the beginners team alone warrants membership (in my opinion), as somebody who is always willing to help, provided they're awake of course, and calm & patient with the most trying of users. Silver_Fox_ is not only a fantastic addition to the Ubuntu Community, but also somebody I'm glad to have met through the Ubuntu Community.


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