Introduction of Sorts

Ralph deGennaro rmdegennaro at
Thu Jun 12 15:45:29 BST 2008

Hi everyone,

Yes "Rio", and if you say my last name out loud you will probably get 
why I have that nickname.  If not, think of a city in Brazil.  ;-)

A bit of formal introduction below, and a few other things first.  I do 
hope to meet everyone that was at the SETC and everyone else 
face-to-face at some point.  I also encourage people to introduce 
themselves to me if they want.  Most people say I'm an easy guy to get 
along with.  I'm also the type to try his hand at anything.  If you've 
got a cool idea, especially about linux, and you understand who is 
jumping in, I'd love to jump in. 

So, now some more info about whom might be jumping in...

I graduated with a degree in Psychology, but pretty much worked my way 
through college doing tech-support work and some dBase III+ 
programming.  I was stuck in a Windows world for along time, but it 
didn't scare me too bad.  I did get to learn alot about the internals of 
Win 3.1, Win NT as well as Paradox at the time.

To fast forward a bit, my career has kept me a jack of all trades (in 
computers at least).  I've worked in various capacities at mostly 
software companies, but in the past 5 years or so have worked on the IT 
side in other companies.  Technically, I seem to have kept work with 
databases in general, and "omni-philic" for OS administration.  My daily 
work includes different DBMS's on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.  I do 
alot of project management and tech-team organizational type work as 
well.  I also do some training, support and QA work at times.  I would 
not consider myself a programmer, but do dable and script as needed.  
This is all mostly with 2 businesses currently, but also with various 
other small businesses I've come into contact with. 

So, my linux history?  Around 1999/2000 I picked up a Linux book because 
I wanted to learn Unix, and could run it on my own computer.  I'm pretty 
sure the distro on the CD was RedHat, so started there.  A colleague 
pointed me in the direction of Mandrake (now Mandriva) and that was an 
easier intro to it all.  At some point I jumped into Gentoo to learn the 
nuts and bolts of a distro.  That was an interesting experience, and 
though I still use Gentoo, I now use Ubuntu because I don't have time to 
track down fixes to breakages on production machines. 

Phew, sorry if I was too long winded and that it sounded like a cover 
letter.  Again, feel free to email on anything.  I look forward to 
taking this unknown step towards helping the various communities around 


leftyfb wrote:
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> Don't forget our newest member, "Rio" who came out to help. Thanks for
> helping out last night and welcome to the team!
> Martin Owens wrote:
> | Hey All,
> |
> | I'd like to echo Mike's email.
> |
> | You guys rocked last night, shout out to Max, Mike, Mark, John and
> | Barry... no wait there was no Barry ;-)
> |
> | I'm very happy with the way we dealt with the problem, we made a
> | mistake and came out in force to fix it, well done!
> |
> | Next week we can resume teaching Basic Ubuntu Desktop, CLI and Python
> | programming. Be sure to pop in if you want to meet us all and see what
> | we're up to.
> |
> | Best Regards, Martin Owens
> |
> | 2008/6/11 leftyfb <leftyfb at>:
> | Thanks to all that came out to the SETC last night to help out. We ran a
> | little late into the night, but we got all machines installed with
> | Windows and Ubuntu dual boot and fully updated. Going forward, please do
> | not make any changes to these 6 machines without first consulting either
> | myself, Martin or Mel King. These are only to be used for our students
> | when we are teaching them on Tuesday nights as well as other classes
> | throughout the week.
> |
> | I hope to continue to see the good turnout we've been having these past
> | few weeks at the center to help teach the general public about Ubuntu
> | and get machines loaded with Ubuntu and prepped to be donated/sold to
> | those that need them.
> |
> | Again, thanks to everyone for the tremendous effort and dedication!
> |
> | leftyfb
> |>
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