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|| {{https://launchpad.net/@@/person}} Name || Walter Lapchynski ||
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|| {{https://launchpad.net/favicon.ico}} Launchpad Profile || [[https://launchpad.net/~wxl23|Walter Lapchynski]] || || {{https://launchpad.net/favicon.ico}} Launchpad || [[https://launchpad.net/~wxl23|wxl23]] ||
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|| {{https://launchpadlibrarian.net/7171615/ubuntulogo_s.png}} Ubuntu Forums Profile || [[http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=948925|wxl]] || || {{https://launchpadlibrarian.net/7171615/ubuntulogo_s.png}} Forums || [[http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=948925|wxl]] ||
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|| {{http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/wp-useragent/trunk/img/16/os/lubuntu-1.png}} Currently Using/testing || [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu|Lubuntu]] 11.10 & 12.04 with all repos including backports & proposed || || {{http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/wp-useragent/trunk/img/16/os/lubuntu-1.png}} Derivative || [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu|Lubuntu]] ||
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== whoami == == My Contributions ==

My main focus is on Lubuntu in the following areas:
 1. '''Bug reporting''' on [[https://launchpad.net/~wxl23/+karma|Launchpad]] and less so, on [[http://sourceforge.net/users/wxl23/|Sourceforge]] where the main LXDE tracker is. I am a member of [[https://launchpad.net/~lubuntu-packaging|Lubuntu Packages]] team, so I regularly get updates on bugs related to our project.
 2. '''IRC support''' on [[http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=lubuntu|#lubuntu]] on Freenode.
 3. '''Testing/QA''' on both virtual and real hardware, with a particular focus on [[https://launchpad.net/~lubuntu-qa|Lubuntu QA]], but also [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Testing/PPC%26Mac64|PowerPC/Mac]] (I'm the ''de facto'' Point Of Contact), Ubuntu server, and netboot. I recently was added as a testcase admin to help keep our procedures up to date. I'm proud to say that I was part of the team that kept PowerPC afloat for 12.10 by some very last minute testing.
 4. '''Facebook''', where I helped create and help administer the [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/lubuntu.official|official group]].
 5. '''Documentation''' on the [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/|Lubuntu Wiki]] but also general pages where relevant.
 
== Future Goals ==

I want to fully learn Python, Vala, GTK, and related languages, as well as packaging, so I can help with the development of Lubuntu and ultimately be able to do a better job in the areas I already contribute to.

== Testimonials ==

Feel free to contribute here.

== About Me ==
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Meanwhile I kept loading up Windows on to my PC for those rare cases I might need it. I lived in the shell. One day, after upgrading to Windows 95, I went to my shell, typed some normal command, and was faced with "wrong version." The VER command revealed that Windows had truly taken over DOS. At that point, our relationship was over. Meanwhile I kept loading up Windows on to my PC for those rare cases I might need it. I lived in the shell. One day, after upgrading to Windows 95, I typed some normal command, and was faced with "wrong version." The VER command revealed that Windows had truly taken over DOS. At that point, our relationship was over.
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So began a long search for home. Slackware on a ThinkPad was wrought with difficulty, but I made it work, until the hard drive failed. At the time, replacing hardware on a desktop was fine and dandy with me, but I wasn't comfortable opening up a laptop, so I gave it away. So began a long search for a new love. After a positive experience with Red Hat on a work computer, I installed Slackware on a ThinkPad which was wrought with difficulty, but I made it work, until the hard drive failed. At the time, replacing hardware on a desktop was fine and dandy with me, but I wasn't comfortable opening up a laptop, so I gave it away.
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Since I was in college (for a degree in biology), I got a great discount on an Apple PowerBook G4 PPC (New World) I couldn't pass up. For a while, I had quite the love affair with it, but the more I used it, the more I found myself in Terminal and the more I did, the more I longed for a UNIX-like experience that wasn't quite so proprietary and funky. I was exploring various and sundry dark corners of networking and wanted a platform that would require less effort to get things done. Meanwhile I cut my teeth upgrading the computer, getting over that fear of repairing smaller-scale hardware. I even did some repairs on a tiny Palm Pre phone. Since I was in college (for a degree in biology), I got a great discount on an Apple PowerBook G4 PPC (New World) I couldn't pass up. For a while, I had quite the love affair with OS X, but the more I used it, the more I found myself in Terminal and the more I did, the more I longed for a UNIX-like experience that wasn't quite so proprietary and funky. I was exploring various and sundry areas of networking and wanted a platform that would require less effort to get things done. Meanwhile I cut my teeth upgrading hardware, getting over that fear of repairing smaller-scale hardware. I even did some repairs on a tiny Palm Pre phone.
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After being blown away by the state of Ubuntu, but not entirely liking its bloat, I kept searching. Xubuntu was good but not enough, though I did find myself liking XFCE. I went through all sorts of things, including a rather good long run with Arch (mainly from the XFCE connection though I like their "keep it simple" philosophy). Finally Lubuntu came out with a PPC release. I got it going on the PowerBook and loved it. When I again got a hold of a ThinkPad that needed a little hardware help, I immediately loaded it up with Lubuntu. I also have a PowerBook G3 PPC (Old World) that has proven quite challenging to get anything on easily. It will eventually be Lubuntized. Lastly, when I get a new phone, I plan on loading up Lubuntu on my Pre. After being blown away by the state of Ubuntu, but not entirely liking its bloat, I kept searching. Xubuntu was good but not enough, though I did find myself liking XFCE. I went through all sorts of things, including a rather good long run with Arch (mainly from the XFCE connection though I like their "keep it simple" philosophy). Finally Lubuntu came out with a PPC release. I got it going on the PowerBook and loved it. When I again got a hold of a ThinkPad that needed a little hardware help, I immediately loaded it up with Lubuntu. I also have a PowerBook G3 PPC (Old World) that has proven quite challenging to get anything on easily. It will eventually be Lubuntized. I've also got Lubuntu on an Asus eeePC and an old Dell desktop.
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I've decided, thusly, to quit ignoring my calling and have went back to school to get my degree in IT, with an emphasis in software development. So far, outside of doing JavaScript, we've done little in the way of programming, but it's right around the corner. We'll be focusing on Java, which I already know to some degree. Meanwhile, I've been working on teaching myself C, Python, and Ruby slowly. This way I can actually be getting paid for what I'll ultimately be doing on my own anyways :D I've decided, thusly, to quit ignoring my calling and have went back to school to get my degree in IT, with an emphasis in software development. . This way I can actually be getting paid for what I'll ultimately be doing on my own anyways. I've got experience with Bash, Java, C, C++, C#, and Python's next on the agenda.

== Hobbies ==

I'm an everyday cyclist and bike commuter and my primary employment is selling handcrafted folding bicycles to an international audience at [[http://bikefriday.com|Bike Friday]].
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I host an occassional electronic music radio show broadcast with my own Icecast server using Mixxx to DJ exclusively free Creative Commons-licensed tunes. I host an electronic music radio show broadcast with my own Icecast server (called [[http://thereexists.us|∃ radio]]) using Mixxx to DJ exclusively free Creative Commons-licensed tunes.
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Also, on the other end of the spectrum, I have two more avant-garde/experimental projects that work in the loosely described genre of noise, Brownian Motion and The ERNIE 4, the latter being a collaboration with Jon 7/President Blair. Traditionally they have involved taking some source material and manipulating it with the Apple-specific product Audio Hijack Pro. Often, there's a subtle commentary on the nature of intellectual copyright and what exactly is "free" in not only the implementation but the selection of sources. It is ironic then, to not use free software. I'm proud to say current works use Lubuntu, JACK, Pure Data, FreqTweak, jack-rack, and a variety of other free softwares. It is also likely that some generative video will be created via either Pure Data or Processing. Also, on the other end of the spectrum, I have two more avant-garde/experimental projects that work in the loosely described genre of noise, [[http://discogs.com/artist/Brownian+Motion|Brownian Motion]] and [[http://discogs.com/artist/ERNIE+4,The|The ERNIE 4]], the latter being a collaboration with Jon 7/President Blair. Traditionally they have involved taking some source material and manipulating it with the Apple-specific product Audio Hijack Pro. Often, there's a subtle commentary on the nature of intellectual copyright and what exactly is "free" in not only the implementation but the selection of sources. It is ironic then, to not use free software. I'm proud to say current works use Lubuntu, JACK, Pure Data, FreqTweak, jack-rack, and a variety of other free softwares. It is also likely that some generative video will be created via either Pure Data or Processing. Much of my work through my label [[http://brownianmotion.bandcamp.com|Brownian e/Motion(s)]].
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== w ==

=== Bugs ===
Mainly focusing on Lubuntu-specific ones, my activity can be found on [[https://launchpad.net/~wxl23/+karma |Launchpad]].

=== Lubuntu ===
Ubuntu + LXDE - Gnome - miscellaneous bloat. What Xubuntu wanted to really be. Whether you're looking for a simple, lightweight, graphical distribution for aesthetic reasons or economic reasons, Lubuntu is the right one. Truly not a crippled offering, Lubutu can do everything Ubuntu can do, even run Compiz if you want. ;) You can find more [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu|details about Lubuntu]]. This is great for the computer recycler, which we could use a lot more of. Not only can it provide new toys, it can help out your local charity and bodes well for Linux advocacy as you can find cheap/free computers and set them up for the curious to try. I am a member of the Lubuntu mailing list, and am a true believer in their goals.

=== IRC ===
As I am a user of Lubuntu I can be found at '''#lubuntu'''. If you do not have your IRC set up then you can click [[http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=lubuntu|LubuntuIRC]] As we now have an offtopic channel, you can just pop in for a chat at '''#lubuntu-offtopic''' ([[http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=lubuntu-offtopic|LubuntuOfftopic]]) as well.

=== Ubuntu Forums ===
Though I much prefer IRC when it comes to needing support, the forums are useful as well. I have a few posts up there but I'm certainly not a frequent user. Regardless, signing up on [[http://ubuntuforums.org/index.php|Ubuntu Forum]] is something I would recommend.

=== Wiki ===
I focus my efforts on Lubuntu, especially adding to their [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/DocumentationHelp|documentation]].

== ps && atq ==

=== Current ===
Acting as a full-fledged [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Get Involved/WhoWeAre|member of the Lubuntu team]].

=== Future ===
To further help myself while helping the community, I'd really like to get up to speed on the languages I need to know to help with the development of Lubuntu.

Also, when we do get a publicly accessible PPC build of Lubuntu again, I'd like to offer my instructions on how to get it working. I could suggest installing Ubuntu, then the lubuntu-desktop package, and then removing all the unnecessary stuff, but my experience is that it results in a substandard solution.

== pwd ==
I owe a great deal of thanks to [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/phillw|Phill Whiteside]] for taking the time to set up his own page on which this one was modeled.

In case it's not obvious, I decided to be a little geeky about the headings. They're all Linux commands. `whoami` is pretty obvious. `ps && atq` is "current processes and scheduled jobs," which refers to current projects and future goals. `w` is "who's logged on and what are they doing" which is to refer to my involvement in the Ubuntu community. `pwd` is "present working directory," i.e. about this page.

https://launchpad.net/@@/person Name

Walter Lapchynski

Ubuntu Wiki

wxl

https://launchpad.net/@@/mail Email

carsrcoffins23 at yahoo dot com

https://launchpad.net/favicon.ico Launchpad

wxl23

https://launchpad.net/@@/language IRC

wxl on IRC.freenode.net and elsewhere

https://launchpadlibrarian.net/7171615/ubuntulogo_s.png Forums

wxl

(i) Homepage

wxl.freeshell.org

http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/wp-useragent/trunk/img/16/os/lubuntu-1.png Derivative

Lubuntu

My Contributions

My main focus is on Lubuntu in the following areas:

  1. Bug reporting on Launchpad and less so, on Sourceforge where the main LXDE tracker is. I am a member of Lubuntu Packages team, so I regularly get updates on bugs related to our project.

  2. IRC support on #lubuntu on Freenode.

  3. Testing/QA on both virtual and real hardware, with a particular focus on Lubuntu QA, but also PowerPC/Mac (I'm the de facto Point Of Contact), Ubuntu server, and netboot. I recently was added as a testcase admin to help keep our procedures up to date. I'm proud to say that I was part of the team that kept PowerPC afloat for 12.10 by some very last minute testing.

  4. Facebook, where I helped create and help administer the official group.

  5. Documentation on the Lubuntu Wiki but also general pages where relevant.

Future Goals

I want to fully learn Python, Vala, GTK, and related languages, as well as packaging, so I can help with the development of Lubuntu and ultimately be able to do a better job in the areas I already contribute to.

Testimonials

Feel free to contribute here.

About Me

I'm a lifelong geek, having delved deeply into the many intricacies of my first computer, a Commodore 128, at 8 years old. I taught myself how to program BASIC immediately. Eventually, armed with a little experience from the CP/M mode (read: PC emulation) on said computer, I upgraded to MS-DOS on a new PC.

As a pre-teen, I made good use out of my 1200 baud modem, calling all over Ohio, much to the chagrin of my father. Soon I found the Cleveland FreeNet, the first free network, and with it discovered gopher, telnet, ftp, IRC, and ultimately, FreeBSD.

Meanwhile I kept loading up Windows on to my PC for those rare cases I might need it. I lived in the shell. One day, after upgrading to Windows 95, I typed some normal command, and was faced with "wrong version." The VER command revealed that Windows had truly taken over DOS. At that point, our relationship was over.

So began a long search for a new love. After a positive experience with Red Hat on a work computer, I installed Slackware on a ThinkPad which was wrought with difficulty, but I made it work, until the hard drive failed. At the time, replacing hardware on a desktop was fine and dandy with me, but I wasn't comfortable opening up a laptop, so I gave it away.

Since I was in college (for a degree in biology), I got a great discount on an Apple PowerBook G4 PPC (New World) I couldn't pass up. For a while, I had quite the love affair with OS X, but the more I used it, the more I found myself in Terminal and the more I did, the more I longed for a UNIX-like experience that wasn't quite so proprietary and funky. I was exploring various and sundry areas of networking and wanted a platform that would require less effort to get things done. Meanwhile I cut my teeth upgrading hardware, getting over that fear of repairing smaller-scale hardware. I even did some repairs on a tiny Palm Pre phone.

After being blown away by the state of Ubuntu, but not entirely liking its bloat, I kept searching. Xubuntu was good but not enough, though I did find myself liking XFCE. I went through all sorts of things, including a rather good long run with Arch (mainly from the XFCE connection though I like their "keep it simple" philosophy). Finally Lubuntu came out with a PPC release. I got it going on the PowerBook and loved it. When I again got a hold of a ThinkPad that needed a little hardware help, I immediately loaded it up with Lubuntu. I also have a PowerBook G3 PPC (Old World) that has proven quite challenging to get anything on easily. It will eventually be Lubuntized. I've also got Lubuntu on an Asus eeePC and an old Dell desktop.

I guess at my core, I'm a hacker: always tinkering, trying to figure out what various pieces do, experimenting. Linux is, for sure, the perfect platform for me.

I've decided, thusly, to quit ignoring my calling and have went back to school to get my degree in IT, with an emphasis in software development. . This way I can actually be getting paid for what I'll ultimately be doing on my own anyways. I've got experience with Bash, Java, C, C++, C#, and Python's next on the agenda.

Hobbies

I'm an everyday cyclist and bike commuter and my primary employment is selling handcrafted folding bicycles to an international audience at Bike Friday.

I'm also a music geek and a free culture junkie. These two often go hand in hand.

I host an electronic music radio show broadcast with my own Icecast server (called ∃ radio) using Mixxx to DJ exclusively free Creative Commons-licensed tunes.

Also, on the other end of the spectrum, I have two more avant-garde/experimental projects that work in the loosely described genre of noise, Brownian Motion and The ERNIE 4, the latter being a collaboration with Jon 7/President Blair. Traditionally they have involved taking some source material and manipulating it with the Apple-specific product Audio Hijack Pro. Often, there's a subtle commentary on the nature of intellectual copyright and what exactly is "free" in not only the implementation but the selection of sources. It is ironic then, to not use free software. I'm proud to say current works use Lubuntu, JACK, Pure Data, FreqTweak, jack-rack, and a variety of other free softwares. It is also likely that some generative video will be created via either Pure Data or Processing. Much of my work through my label Brownian e/Motion(s).

There is also a likelihood that an electronic music project (likely breakcore) will come into existence care of some tracker (lgpt or Buzztard).

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