My first Linux experience was with a licensed embedded Linux purchased by the company I was working for at that time to develop the VPN router more than 15 years ago.
I was employed at 3Com for a few years, and what fascinates me is the founder of the company is the patent holder of the Ethernet, which he charges $0 loyalty fee. This is very similar to Open Source. There are many reasons why Ethernet becomes the most adopted layer 2 connectivity technology, and I believe this is one of them.
I have been employed at Canonical for the past 7 years and doing work to promote Ubuntu in various ways.
In the first 2, 3 years at Canonical, I validated Ubuntu Desktop on laptops and desktops as part of the team to make sure "Ubuntu just works". About 5 years ago, I transitioned to the Cloud and Server side to work with our technology partners on a daily basis. MAAS is essential to provision data center servers and I help our partners to set it up in their lab and provide troubleshooting assistance. I also enjoy working with our partners to develop joint solutions which requires technology validation and business alignment. As part of that, I have also worked on using Juju to deploy big software such as OpenStack and Kubernetes.
I can't do my job without the support of the great engineering teams at Canonical. I occasionally hop on #maas and #juju channel to help answer questions for people who are interested in Juju and MAAS.
At Canonical, I've contributed to Ubuntu in a number of ways:
- Drove and coordinated the engineering teams at Canonical and Cisco to enable power driver for UCS servers in MAAS.
- Drafted the first kernel HWE patch diagram as part of partner onboarding, which then later adopted by the Ubuntu Kernel team.
- Used MAAS, Juju, Conjure-up, submitted bugs, and provided feedback on documentation.
- Helped new users on #maas and #juju.
- Reported bugs on checkbox and checkbox-ng.
- Continue to promote Ubuntu, MAAS and Juju.