My Contact Info
IRC: bkingx on irc.freenode.net
OpenPGP keys: 7CE4ABDE
I'm a 33 year old father of three living in the United States, in the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. By day, I am a Network Administrator supporting mostly Windows machines. By night, I am a certified geek, dragging the family into my obsession of computers and technology. But I do on occasion enjoy camping and outdoors with the family. Even us geeks have to take a break now and then!
I have been using Linux (Ubuntu, YellowDog) for about 2 years now, but only in the past month have I become obsessed with it.
Late 2005, I set out to install a network monitoring application to show availability of my network devices. A friend recommended Nagios, which runs on Linux. Seeing as how I had a spare iMac around, I sat out to find a Linux distro that would run on an iMac. I found YellowDog, a Linux distro that fit the bill nicely. The install and interface were a bit convoluted and being a newbie, I had some troubles. But once it was set, I left it alone. Then about a year later, the same friend was mentioning to me a distro called BackTrack (Slax) that I could use to test wireless security applications. I played with this on a spare laptop for about 2 days when he mentioned I should start out with something a bit easier, and Ubuntu was it! At the same time, it came time to move my Nagios install to a better machine. This time I chose a spare G4 PowerMac Server and loaded it with 640 MB RAM. But instead of reinstalling YellowDog, I found the PPC version for Ubuntu. What luck! I installed Nagios and it has been running beautifully since! At that point, I was hooked. I have been using Ubuntu since and have never looked back.
In January 2007, I co-founded the Kentucky LoCo Team. The team started as a small group of three and in the first month grew to 15. In April, we are hosting an Install Fest and Release party on the same day! Talk about overachieving! We also have some big plans for this year. The biggest of which is to complete a Charity project that will focus on providing PCs to people that can not afford to purchase one. Of course, pre-loaded with Ubuntu.
Contributions To The Ubuntu Community
Co-founded Kentucky LoCo Team.
- Ubuntu Advocacy
- Passing out CD's
- Hanging flyers for team events
Creation of team Welcome Packet
- Conducting Team Meetings
- Provide local support to Ubuntu users
Active in IRC LoCo Team Channels
Member of Ubuntu LoCo Enthusiasts
Member of Launchpad Beta Testers
Ubuntu-Kentucy LoCo Team
- Co-founded Kentucky Loco team.
Member of the Kentucky Wiki Team.
Member and Leader of the Kentucky Web Team.
Member of the Kentucky New Members Team.
Member of the Kentucky Charity Project Team.
Goals for Ubuntu-Kentucky For 2007
- Help the team grow in technical ability and size.
Become an Approved LoCo team.
- Establish a support system for non-technical user in this region (Kentucky).
- Establish relationships with LUG's in the state.
- Begin organizing of public demos:
- 'Techy' places
- Mall Kiosks
- Career Days
Personal Goals For 2007
Establish a standard for SubTeams to accomplish tasks (Project Management).
- Compile Real-World Documentation for Ubuntu uses in this region (Kentucky).
- Running Ubuntu Server, move an existing family IIS web site to a Linux CMS system.
Ubuntu Membership Approval
18:18 < sabdfl> bkingx: you're up! 18:18 < bkingx> My name is Brian King. I have been advocating Ubuntu since the day I started using it in December of 2006. Before that I was a Yellowdog user. I am a co-founder and a team leader for the Kentucky Team. My Ubuntu pages are https://launchpad.net/~brianking and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/brianking. 18:18 < etank> wooo bkingx 18:18 < ranf_> nick ranf 18:18 ~ ranf_ is now ranf 18:19 < Seveas> mako, did you +1/0/-1 for kkubasik already? 18:19 < kkubasik> https://launchpad.net/~kkubasik 18:19 < kkubasik> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KevinKubasik 18:19 < mako> yes, i know 18:19 < mako> i just haven't had a chance yet 18:19 < Seveas> ok, no sweat 18:20 < Seveas> was looking at other laptop for a bit and thought I missed it :) 18:20 < sabdfl> bkingx: from LP it looks like advocacy / Loco work is your primary focus? 18:20 < bkingx> Correct 18:20 < bkingx> Making bog moves in the Kentucky Team 18:20 < atoponce> i'm here cheering for bkingx++. he's helped start the kentucky team, which has been a great team. lots of loco advocacy, online in irc a lot, and really pushing the envelope in what ideas can be presenting in spreading ubuntu locally 18:20 < sabdfl> when did you become active in this regard? 18:20 < zenwhen> bkingx has my +1. hes's a sharp guy and very valuable to the ky loco team. 18:21 etank agrees with zenwhen 18:21 < bkingx> sabdfl: January, when the KY Team was founded. 18:21 < atoponce> he's another valuable asset, that i plan on using for the US Teams Project in mentoring other loco state teams to get approved 18:21 < zenwhen> we met the other day to hand out flyers for our install fest. struck me as very professional and committed to ubuntu. 18:21 < bkingx> ty guys! 18:22 < micahcowa> Folks, my 2-month-old is hungry and my wife is out; if I'm still feeding her at my turn I may ask that you kick me down the queue a bit. 18:22 < Seveas> micahcowan, noted 18:22 < etank> bkingx has been one of the driving forces for the Kentucky Team. Lots of great ideas coming from him. 18:23 < sabdfl> ok, +1 from me for bkingx on the back of strong advocacy and loco leadership over 3+ months 18:23 < Seveas> nice 18:23 < geser!i=mb@ubuntu/member/geser ["Liberate tutemet ex inferis"] 18:23 < bkingx> ty sabdfl 18:23 < Seveas> micahcowan, just poke when you're back. Until you poke we'll pick others :) 18:24 < DktrKranz!n=Luca@ubuntu/member/dktrkranz ["Microsoft Windows received signal SIGSHIT, that O.S. is crap"] 18:24 < micahcowa> Ok. If for some reason you run out of folks before I poke, just call me anyway. She can wait a few minutes for her bottle :) 18:25 < sabdfl> elmo, mako? 18:25 mako is happy with bkingx as well! 18:25 < mako> +1 from me 18:25 < bkingx> ty mako 18:25 < elmo> +1 18:25 < Seveas> nice! 18:26 < Seveas> congrats 18:26 etank high fives bkingx