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 * Help get the AUS LoCo up and running again (At the time of writing last listed meeting 13th of May, 2008)

About Me

My name is Matthew Lye, I'm Senior Computing Support Officer in Brisbane, Australia. My first interest in Linux came about late 2006, when I first found Ubuntu, Fedora, and FreeBSD. I had previously made the mistake of trying Mandrake which put me off Linux for a few years. I had not installed Ubuntu to a production machine until events occurred that left me to manage 60+ linux lab environments in July 2007. Suddenly I was forced to take up linux on a professional level learning Ubuntu, some Fedora, and FreeBSD.

A few links to find me around:

LaunchPad - Vantrax

UbuntuForums - Vantrax

Website -

IRC - Vantrax on

If all else fails: vantrax at gmail dot com



I promote Ubuntu within my community at the university and work on developing computing lab images in Ubuntu. I manage 60+ School based teaching labs dual booting Windows and Ubuntu as well as various research and staff environments using Fedora, Redhat, and FreeBSD. I contribute to the Ubuntu Forums whenever possible and regularly help new users and troubleshoot problems on IRC. I am a member of the Ubuntu Beginners Team and have recently become an instructor preparing materials for tutorials and guides on a variety of topics.

My greatest impact on the Ubuntu community is evangelical through the work I do supporting Linux environments at work. Through the large scale implementation of dual boot (Ubuntu/XP)environments I expose thousands of university students a year to Ubuntu and assist their lecturers and professors in teaching them how to use it to their greatest advantage.

Ubuntu Forums

As above, I am a member of the Ubuntu Forums. My participation on the forums varies widely based on what im working on at the time, but usually focused on the Beginners, Desktop Environments, Desktop Effects, and Security Discussions section.

If you ever PM me on the forums, I'll get back to you ASAP. Just be patient and polite.

Im currently working with a Securing Ubuntu/Ubuntu Hardening Guide found Here and working on a guide for building Ubuntu images for school and university computing lab environments.


I'm often found on IRC on - Channels I'm usually in when I'm on are:

  • #ubuntuforums-beginners
  • #ubuntu

I can also sometimes be found in:

  • #ubuntuforums
  • #ubuntuforums-unanswered

I'll regularly try and help while on IRC as well as the forums.


At this moment the guides I'm working on are housed at my website but will be moved into the tutorials section of the forum, and the areas dedicated to these materials by the beginners team (here).

Future Hopes

  • Become an Ubuntu Member
  • Contribute to the development of Ubuntu
  • Help get the AUS LoCo up and running again (At the time of writing last listed meeting 13th of May, 2008)

  • Improve the quality of documentation available for Ubuntu beginners
  • Further the use of Ubuntu in universities and schools to encourage further exposure and uptake of Linux.


As I learn more about coding C/C++ (then python and perl), I would like to contribute more to the development of Ubuntu, and other Open-Source projects (I'm particularly interested with the release of chromium and addons/extensions integration).


None, im reasonably new here. Give it time:P


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