[ubuntu-uk] Off the fence and ready to join in!

John Levin john at technolalia.org
Mon May 14 01:31:18 BST 2007

Dave wrote:
> Hey all,
> I've been reading this list for the past few months and enjoy the good 
> quality of discussion, so I've decided to get off the fence and hope to 
> become more involved in Ubuntu's great community.

Welcome aboard!

> I'm a Multimedia Development student from Scotland and have been using 
> Ubuntu for the past few years. My first taste of Linux came about after 
> reading about it online, becoming really interested in the community 
> behind it and wanting to find out more, so I picked up a copy of Linux 
> format with Mandrake on the cover back in 2002. Being new I went through 
> the usual stages of trying every distro under the sun, stuck with Fedora 
> for quite a while, then settled on Ubuntu as it was noticeably more 
> polished in the usability area.

I tried out Fedora but a couple of days ago, and it really made me 
appreciate how polished Ubuntu is. I love what they're doing with One 
Laptop Per Child and Mugshot, but really, that distro needs sorting out.

> A few of the proposed/active projects are of interest to me, 
> Marketing/Leaflets; Website; Screencasts; Education,

Do you know about Edubuntu? It's the version specifically for education, 
both teachers and students.

> and will be glad to 
> try and help in anyway I can. Though I'm not yet sure in what ways I can 
> help, but I'll try and post to the mailing list regularly and hopefully 
> pick up a few tasks that I can help on.

It's as simple as filing bugs; when ubuntu doesn't do what it should, 
complain in the right place; lo and behold, it's better for everyone. 
And if you need help negotiating launchpad (ubuntu's bug tracking 
system) ask away.

> I wouldn't say that I'm skilled in any specific area, more of an 
> all-rounder at all multimedia related things. Skills are a bit low on 
> open source software, mainly down to my college not using any, but I'm 
> adapting my skills quickly to packages like Inkscape, GIMP, Blender etc..
> Anyway that's enough of an introduction, and I hope to become more 
> involved in the Linux community rather than sit back and be a spectator 
> any longer.
> Cheers.
> Dave


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