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Who I am, what I do, my involvement with the Ubuntu community
Who I am
I am a teenager passionate about technology. I have been generally interested in it for about 4 years, but I have been using Ubuntu since February of 2015. I transitioned to Lubuntu in early July, because I liked the interface better, and I soon then got involved.
wxl, and the Padawan/Master relationship
I met wxl, and we established a Padawan/Master relationship. This is the same terminology used by Linux Padawan, although we met in the Lubuntu IRC channels. Through my passion of learning about Linux, I kept talking with him, and he has helped me tremendously. I cannot thank him enough for all the time and effort he has spent with me, and he has truly helped my Linux experience go a lot smoother(although I had to meet him halfway).
My involvement with the Ubuntu US Wisconsin LoCo Team
In August 2015, I looked and saw that the Ubuntu US Wisconsin LoCo Team was not active, and I wanted to do all I could to change that. So I contacted Anthony Hook about bringing new energy to the team, and to my surprise, he responded. So I have been working with Anthony to get to know a lot of the people. As of November 16, 2015, Anthony transferred the position of Contact to me. I have been doing my best to help with meetings, communication, and just getting to know a few of the people. I scheduled a Meet and Greet meeting, to get a feeling for who was around, and we had a great turnout. We will continue to have monthly meetings, and maybe soon get verified. I am tremendously excited for our direction, and it will be an honor to help facilitate.
Technical Contributions to Lubuntu
In late August 2015 and early September 2015, I did some investigating, and I found QA. At first, because my computer at the time didn't have hardware virtualization support, I just did Package QA, but I didn't quite understand what that meant. I took a short hiatus from that until I got my new computer in late September. I then ventured into ISO QA, and although I have done little portions, I have helped a little around there.
My goals, and the future
Eventual Ubuntu Membership
I am very interested in getting my Ubuntu Membership. I think that if I take the time to learn now, and keep doing events and meeting with the LoCo as well as some more technical contributions, I would be able to apply in June of 2016 and obtain my membership. I hope that I find a more sustained way to contribute by then.
To-do list of Contribution Options to Explore
These are on my to-do list of contribution options to explore:
- Bug triage
- Website improvements for the QA tracker
And many more, although these are what I can think of at the time.
Beyond the world of Ubuntu
Ubuntu is not the only computer project I have. To be a well-rounded geek, I like to learn many different skills.
I plan on getting these certifications before the end of 2016:
- CompTIA A+
- Linux Essentials
I would really like to learn how to program better. I get the concepts, I just need to learn several languages that I have been wanting to learn for a good time now:
I have become fascinated with Debian, so in the future, I might give them a hand, maybe help with upstream tasks and help adopting them downstream. Who knows? But sometime in the future, I do plan on getting involved with them.
My hiding places
I am usually on #phillw and #lubuntu-offtopic on Freenode.
Google+(less often then the other ones ).
If you want to vouch for my sustained contribution or if you have something nice to say about me, write it below!
Simon was very helpful to me while showing me how to contribute to the Ubuntu Newsletter. He was very friendly and nice to me in doing so. Although I didn't end up contributing, he was nice in working with me. I support his application for Ubuntu Membership. -Zoueid Naeîl
Simon appears to have a decent work ethic when it comes to working with things that pique his attention, and work contributed from what I have seen appears to be reasonably good. However, I've noticed on several different occasions his attitude is not conducive for that of reasonable discourse, or reasonable community collaboration efforts, and from my perspective, sometimes Simon is very rude to others in public discussion channels. There are also other issues in his attitude which in my opinion detract from his overall 'image'. I also believe that Simon has not shown a "significant and sustained" contribution per the definition of membership, partly because he has only been using Ubuntu and involved in the Ubuntu / Lubuntu projects for only 9 months. I therefore do not support his application for Ubuntu Membership, and I believe his application should be rejected at this time - there is more to Ubuntu Membership than contributions, it also requires one to handle themselves well in the community. -Thomas Ward
On a good day, Simon's work is good. However his interpersonal skills are sadly lacking. This is not unusual with a boy of his age, but he has managed to get that many complaints that he has been banned from the linux padawan general IRC channel. Whilst we have no procedure to kick off a padawan, his interactions with other people may now only take place on the official irc area and by email. I'm sure that in some 6 months time his interpersonal skills will have improved to the level that several of us will whole heartedly support his application for full ubuntu membership. However, as Thomas stated above, the time is not now. -phillw