About Me

I'm a retired applications developer (medical issues). My skill-set however is mostly unhelpful; relating to old 'blue dinosaurs'.

I first used GNU/Linux around 1998 but for years only used distros that contained GNU in their name (mostly Debian). It wasn't until ~2010 that I finally tried Ubuntu. Some thanks to Computer Bank Victoria (, who both introduced me to Debian GNU/Linux, and then later allowed me to appreciate Ubuntu.

Contact Information


Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter

Contributions in issues

425,426,427,429,430,431,432,435,437,438,440,443,446,449,450,452,454,455,457,458,462,463,464,465,466, 467,469,471,472,473,474,476,477,478,479,480,481,483,484,485,486,487,488,489,490,491,492,493,494,495, 496,497,498,499,500,501,502,503,504,505,506,507,508,509,510,511,512,513,514,515,516,517,518,519,520, 521,522,525,526,527,528,529,530,531,532,533,534,535,536,537,538,539,540,541,542,543,544,545,546,547, 548,549,550,551,552,553,554,555,556,557,558,559,560,561,562,563,564,565,566,567,568,569,570,571,572, 573,574,575,576,577,578,579,580,581,582,583,584,585,586,587,588,589,590,591,592,593,594,595,596,597, 598,599,600,601,602,603,604,605,606,607,608,609,610,611,612,613,614,615,616,617,618,619,620,621,622, 623,624,625,626,627,628,629,630,631,632,633,634,635,636,637,638,639,640,641,642,643,644,645,646,647, 648,649,650,651,652,653,654,655,656,657,658,659,660,661,662,663,664,665,666,667,668,669,670,671,672, 673,674,675,676,677,678,679,680,681,682,683,684,685,686,687

I joined the UWN & the Ubuntu News team for issue 425 (July 2015) as a summary writer. By issue 487 I was adding (occasional) articles to the doc for the next issue though only for Planet. At issue 502 I was finally stepped out of liferea using a browser to find & fill-the-doc preparing it for summary writers. I was sending the the summary emails by #512, and sometimes pasted to wiki for editing, running [upd/sec] scripts & sending email to editors. At issue 523 a new team started leading the UWN and I've returned to summary writer, though often post UWN to the fridge & social-media.

Fridge, Ask Ubuntu [QA-]Testing & irc

For the Ubuntu 17.10 freeze I started posting news to the fridge (

Ask Ubuntu -

QA-Testing - see (or but primarily cosmic/18.10 onward & x86 (inc. respins of earlier LTS releases).

My testing concentration was Xubuntu & Lubuntu (equally as both still had i386 ISOs for cosmic, and into disco cycle), and soon was asked to apply for Lubuntu team membership, which I did. I've tried packaging but am now mostly involved with support.

I still love XFCE/Xubuntu, but the Lubuntu team asking me to join changed my focus from 50% Xubuntu, 50% Lubuntu to mostly Lubuntu.

Minor wiki edits (updates when I see them & feel equipped to update the material; usually the minimum change necessary to make it accurate and not re-writes). Some of these are on request of people on IRC, Ask Ubuntu.

I'm regularly on IRC & respond to anything I can, and also bug triage (those I can understand anyway).

guiverc (last edited 2021-06-17 23:01:27 by guiverc)