Founder of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter (since 2009)
President of Kwartzlab, a hackerspace in Kitchener-Waterloo
- Mild-mannered software developer by day.
- Using Ubuntu since 2005 (SuSE before that)
- full time since 2008
- Member of KWLUG since 2007
- Founded Ubuntu Waterloo in 2009
LoCo Contact for Ubuntu Canada since 2010
- Team Contact since mid-2010
Chair of IRC meetings since May 2010
- Volunteered to help run the Ubuntu table at Ontario Linux Fest 2009.
- Release parties for 9.10, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04.
- Printed "limited edition collector CDs" with release-themed artwork
- Attended Toronto's 10.04 release party
- Blog posts:
- Hosted Ubuntu Global Jams in Mar 2010, Apr 2011.
- Helped organize Aug 2010 Jam, but was unable to attend
- Preparing for the Sept 2011 Global Jam
- Blog Posts:
- Ubuntu LAN Party, Aug 2010
- Monthly Ubuntu Hour in Kitchener-Waterloo starting Sept 2010
- Hosted Software Freedom Day, Sept 2010
- IRC Meetings IRL since Apr 2011
- Set up an Ubuntu table (with Kwartzlab) at Toronto Mini Maker Faire
Gave a talk at KWLUG May 2011
- Continue to grow Ubuntu Canada, encouraging events in cities other than Kitchener-Waterloo.
- More release parties, Jams and Hours!
- Give a talk at FSOSS/Toronto Linux Fest (Oct 2011) on the Ubuntu community (proposal submitted)
Reach out to other nearby LoCos and LUGs and other groups.
- Pitch Ubuntu as an app development platform to local development groups.
- Start an upstream project/contribute patches/work on Ubuntu (some day; in my copious free time).
If you know me and have something nice to say, please leave a comment here.
I've been hanging around on the #ubuntu-ca channel for a bit now, just planning on installing Ubuntu again, after the Great Music Reformatting of '09. Darcy's been a great help to getting ready for the big change, giving me advice on how not to repeat my mistakes, along with introducing people to the idea of FSOSS. He's a Ubuntu-guru, and has gotten me re-interested in the Ubuntu community.
[Ken Hoover, khoover in #ubuntu-ca]
I've been attending Ubuntu Release Parties since 7.10, but always had to travel to Toronto. There was no sign of local Ubuntu activity in Waterloo Region, except for a few disks at the local LUG. Once Darcy arrived on the scene we've had local Ubuntu Release Parties, Global Jams, regular Ubuntu Hours, and a supply of Ubuntu promotional materials including CDs, stickers and buttons. Darcy has done much to raise the profile of Ubuntu locally, and now that he's taken on a Canada-wide role there is much more interactivity between Ubuntu communities. Thanks to Darcy's work I've been able to distribute CDs at various other events, such as the KW Web Developer's Meetup and the Guelph Web Makers Meetup (and soon, the Hamilton Ubuntu Hour).
Darcy is the heart and soul of the Kitchener-Waterloo area for Ubuntu; and the amazing guy who coordinates things now for the Ubuntu Canada community. As a member of the Ubuntu-Québec team we obviously have a great interest in what's going on in the rest of Canada, and to know what our neighbors are doing. Seriously, kudos for doing a great job with monthly meetings, Ubuntu Hours, and just being an amazing guy to deal with. His dedication to helping all the local communities in Canada succeed is certainly the key to what I see it is to be a Ubuntu member and LoCo contact. Keep up the great work! @-- mathieu-tl 2011-08-10 01:30:55@
As an Ubuntu Canada member based in Toronto, Darcy has been very supportive and helpful with the Toronto release-parties ( which I have been holding and trying to make a regular event ). He also has personally delivered Ubuntu CDs to me! He is a tireless and inspiring ambassador for Ubuntu. Michael Kaulbach
Darcy has been fundamentally instrumental to reignite the Ubuntu Canada LoCo efforts since 2008. It started with consistent organisation of Ubuntu Release parties since this time including the famous Ubuntu cakes each time with the release mascot on it. He supported an Ubuntu table at the Ontario Linuxfest. He also started a regular Ubuntu Hour that has now spawned into two such events. Darcy regularly chairs the Ubuntu-ca Loco IRC meetings and makes sure our reports are done in time. Darcy has also given a lot of support necessary to obtain the renewal of the official Ubuntu Loco status for Ubuntu-ca.
Darcy is one of the role models of the community and I support his application for Ubuntu membership wholeheartedly!
I wanted to echo all the comments above and wholeheartedly support his application for membership. As Txwikinger points out, he has stepped up and reinvigorated the team since his arrival.