[ubuntu-us-mi] Introduction

Matt Arnold matt.mattarn at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 00:13:28 GMT 2007

On Nov 27, 2007 6:48 PM, Trevor Jagoda <spam.goes.here48048 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Welcome aboard, Matt!
> I'm rather the reverse of you - I found out about PenguiCon because of
> Linux!  Anyway, we'll sure be able to get some involvement in 2009
> planned, with the chair for 2009 on our lists and all.

It's not too soon! This year's Tech Guests of Honor are both
intimately involved with Ubuntu. We've got a good start with an Ubuntu
Q&A session. ("Good start" is a veiled hint that we're throwing this
wide open for more.) As always, if we get more Linux people involved
in running this convention, it sure couldn't hurt. So anyone on the
Ubuntu Michigan LoCo, step right up! Ask anyone you know, if they want
to present.

I'm excited about attending Ohio's Ubuntucon too. One thing listed in
their plans is what, for lack of a better term, I call a booth fair.
Ever since I attended Ohio LinuxFest 2007, I felt very inspired to
start a booth fair at Penguicon. We haven't announced the booth fair
on penguicon.org because it's in a formative stage, but this year it
will a few hours of the Friday evening of the convention. So far we've
got booths reserved by The Linux Fund, the Free Software Foundation,
Silicon Mechanics, and several others who are very likely. Tables are
free of charge to any Penguicon registrant with an organization, group
or company. It's separate from the dealer's room in that it is not for
shopping, so products may not be directly sold at the booth fair. But
nonprofit event registrations and group memberships may be sold.
Anybody who knows how to attract more organizations or companies, or
has contacts who they can talk to, please let me know. LUGs would
certainly be welcome.

> Here's hoping we can get your splash screens and command-line-fear
> resolved.  The best place I've found for support from the LoCo is this
> very list, or possibly the IRC channel on freenode, if you're looking
> for something a bit more real time.  If it's person-to-person you
> prefer, I don't know of anybody off hand who lives in the Hazel Park
> area.  Most of us (myself included) are somewhat near the Detroit chunk
> of the state, so that's not really an issue.  Welcome!
> Trevor Jagoda

Thanks! Actually, I live at the intersection of I-75 and I-696, so
even if nobody can make house calls, I can talk to you about it at any
in-person meeting you have. But I do plan to make the IRC meeting on
the 2nd, as well.


> On Tue, 2007-11-27 at 15:13 -0500, Matt Arnold wrote:
> > Since this is my first post as a member of this mailing list, a word
> > of introduction. I live in Hazel Park. I've done most of the Penguicon
> > program books, been head of programming, been right hand man to four
> > Penguicon convention chairs, and I will be the Chair for 2009. I've
> > been an artist and graphic designer in the print industry for eight
> > years, but recently changed to work on a corporate website, intranet
> > and extranet.
> >
> > I was introduced to Linux at the first Penguicon. I've been using
> > Ubuntu as my desktop for two or three years now, and I push it on my
> > family, friends and coworkers. I usually avoid the command line as if
> > it were a pitch-black warehouse where I bark my shins on unseen items
> > in the dark. But every month or two I experiment with something that
> > will stretch my meager command line skills and try to learn. Then to
> > fix what I've broken, I reinstall Ubuntu, or I get new hard drives.
> > GRUB for my latest set of hard drives currently offers me a half-dozen
> > Ubuntus which I broke, and one good one. When I installed Gutsy, I
> > used Symantic to install Mediabuntu on top of it. This broke the
> > splash screen, and most of the restricted packages like DVDs and
> > Flash. By failing you learn, or so I've heard.
> >
> > This makes it sound like my experience has in some way been
> > dissatisfactory, but to the contrary, Ubuntu is quite forgiving of
> > normal use, short of all but my most ambitious fumblings. Who would
> > have imagined an operating system so easy to install that the
> > procedure is more painless than almost any simple repair measure? I
> > wholeheartedly recommend Ubuntu and am very excited about promoting
> > it, both in my Penguicon work and anywhere else.
> >
> > -Matt Arnold
> >
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