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Walter Lapchynski

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Walter Lapchynski

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Lubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot with all repos including backports & proposed


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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 Big Grin :)

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

I host an occassional electronic music radio show broadcast with my own Icecast server 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 that future works will be using Lubuntu, jack, jack-rack, and eventually puredata. It is also likely that some generative video will be created via either puredata or processing.

There is also a likelihood that an electronic music project (likely breakcore) will come into existence care of the Sunvox tracker.



Mainly focusing on Lubuntu-specific ones, my activity can be found on Launchpad


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. Wink ;) You can find more 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.


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 LubuntuIRC As we now have an offtopic channel, you can just pop in for a chat at #lubuntu-offtopic (LubuntuOfftopic) though I rarely frequent it.

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. That being said, signing up on Ubuntu Forum is something I would recommend.


I focus my efforts on Lubuntu, especially adding to their documentation.

ps && atq


I'd like to be a full-fledged member of the Lubuntu team, starting with bug reporting, documentation and testing, which ultimately I'm doing anyways.


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.


I owe a great deal of thanks to 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.