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Raoul Snyman

About Me

My foray into Linux started a few years before Ubuntu. I was given a copy of SuSE, and spent as much time as I could in this operating system that I knew nothing about. Fast forward a few years and I had gotten involved with the Shuttleworth Foundation, putting thin-client networks into schools in disadvantaged areas around Cape Town. I suddenly was in contact with a whole lot of other Linux users, and I was overjoyed.

Toward the end of this time I heard about Ubuntu, and I eagerly installed it on my laptop. By Ubuntu 6.06, I had installed Ubuntu (or its sister, Kubuntu) on every computer I had.

When the South African Ubuntu LoCo started up, I got wind of this, and I've been a part of it ever since.

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  • Ubuntu-ZA LoCo Member

    • Officially a member since 2008, but I hung around in IRC from long before that.
  • #ubuntu-za IRC Support

    • I hang around in #ubuntu-za IRC and help folks out. Recently I've started giving tutorials on using Bazaar, and other technical topics.
  • Ubuntu-ZA Website

    • I am the maintainer of the Ubuntu-ZA website. We're currently overhauling the site, and hope to have it go live by the end of February.

  • Open-source Developer

    • I am an open-source developer, and the leader of the OpenLP project, which has a PPA for Ubuntu.

  • Debian and Ubuntu package maintainer

    • I maintain the package in Debian (as an easy way to get it into both Debian and Ubuntu) for my OpenLP project. See the "openlp" package in Ubuntu and Debian

Future Goals

With my open-source project, and my family, my time is limited. Having said that, my future goals are to continue contributing to Ubuntu and Ubuntu-ZA the way I have been doing for the last 5-10 years (through IRC, mailing lists and open source projects), and to help grow the Ubuntu-ZA community.


Miles Sharpe (Kilos)

Since I first found Ubuntu back on 8.10 superfly has always been there for help, starting with mailing lists then teaching me how to setup and use IRC. He is a master at what he does and always has a friendly word of encouragement. especially for those who are new to the whole computer game. His patience and understanding in helping new comers is legend on our channel. Even with having to hold a baby on his lap while typing one handed he is always there for us all. Thank you Raoul. -- msdomdonner 2015-01-19 08:43:09

Wikus van Dyk ( mazal )

superfly has been on our support channels and mailing lists ever since I can remember. He helps and supports all our members. He is highly skillfull and knowledgeable. He is a true asset to Ubuntu and it's users. - Wikus -- wikus-s 2015-01-19 08:42:30

Greg Eames ( magespawn )

I first met superfly in the #ubuntu-za chat shortly after installing my first version of Ubuntu, in my first Internet Café. Needless to say I had lots of questions for which superfly was there to help. superfly has been one of the constants on the channel. superfly has also recently started to do short tutorials in channel for the rest of us. -- geames 2015-01-19 19:39:13

Graeme Donaldson ( thatgraemeguy )

I met Raoul in 2009, when I started a new job at a company where he had been working for a few months. At the time I had been a Windows sysadmin for several years and Raoul was one of a handful of people that contributed a great deal to polishing up my Linux skills which had laid dormant for several years. Raoul is helpful, friendly, patient and very knowledgeable across a variety of technologies. Raoul can often be seen in #ubuntu-za providing help and general advice and just generally being an asset to the channel. -- thatgraemeguy 2015-01-21 08:52:02

Maia Grotepass ( maiatoday )

I met superfly in the #ubuntu-za IRC channel and then I think I met him for the first time at the 10.10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Party. Raoul has been an active voice in the community. He is always around on irc and ready to help people where he can. Raoul's work on the ubuntu-za website helps to keep the ubuntu-za presence on the web alive. I would not hesitate to recommend him as an ubuntu member. His consistent presence and activity in the community means he really understands what it means to be part of the ubuntu community. -- maiatoday 2015-01-22 08:46:49

Neil Oosthuizen (nlsthzn)

Since I can remember (which means since I joined the LoCo) superfly has been in the channel giving solid advice on Ubuntu and FLOSS in general. As busy as he has become (which is very busy) he is still constantly on IRC ready to lend support or just do a bit of community building while still maintaining infrastructure that keeps Ubuntu-ZA relevant (website etc). I was surprised to learn that he wasn't already an Ubuntu Member and I am glad he is busy rectifying this oversight by applying now :)-- -- nlsthzn 2015-01-25 08:14:40

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