09 Feb

Master Spotlight: cprofitt

Meet cprofitt.

  1. How did you first get started using Linux? What distros, software or resources did you use while learning?

    I first started dabbling with Linux in 1993, but did not convert to using it full-time until 2006. I currently use Fedora 23. I have used Arch, Debian, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu in the past. All of those distros are excellent choices; though some are better for beginners than others.

  2. While you were learning Linux, was there anybody (or group of people) who acted as a mentor to help you?

    I learned a great deal from bodhi.zazen, dhzo, Dave123, and hal14450. The Ubuntu Beginners team is the first team I started contributing with and I learned a great deal about the intricacies of working in a volunteer organization. I learned a great deal about large open source communities working with Mark Shuttleworth, Daniel Holbach, Elizabeth K. Joseph, Michael Hall, and Laura Czajkowski on the Ubuntu Community Council. I also have to give a big shout out to Remy DeCausemaker as a person who continues to inspire me in the FOSS world. Remy and Elizabeth are both people who have successfully made careers in open source.

  3. What made you want to join Linux Padawan as a master? What do you hope to gain, personally or professionally, from your involvement?

    Linux Padawan is non-denominational and has a mission very similar to the Ubuntu Beginners Team. I want to promote open source software without being tied to a specific distribution. I have always enjoyed helping people explore technology from hardware to programming. Open Source makes that exploration both enjoyable and rewarding in a way closed source options do not allow.

  4. What did you learn most about being a padawan?

    When I was first entering the world of Linux and open source I learned that it helps to find a community that is friendly and willing to help. Some groups relied too much on the RTFM response to questions. The Ubuntu Beginners Team was an exemplary example of this and I believe that Linux Padawan mirrors that style. With my current involvement in Fedora I have also discovered that you do not have to write code to contribute. Fedora teams like CommOps and Fedora Magazine make it easy for people to have a positive impact without having to have deep technical skills or the ability to write code.

  5. How are you going to pass on mentoring? What projects will you help them get involved with?

    Due to my day job being systems administration my core focus in mentoring is usually related to that. I am able to code a little, but use what I know to automate repetitive tasks. I like to work with people on how to make use of SSH, GPG, NMAP and other tools.

  6. Linux Padawan is still a relatively new project, but what has your experience been so far?

    I do not have direct experience with Linux Padawan, but the structure is similar to what the ubuntu Beginners Team used. There are also many friendly faces that I remember from the Ubuntu Beginners Team so my on-boarding has been pleasant.

  7. What do you hope to help your Padawans achieve during your mentoring of them?

    I would want to help each Padawan grow their experience with FOSS so that they do not have to rely on closed source software to be productive with their computing resources. Eventually, I want each Padawan to grow comfortable to mentor others.

  8. Outside of Linux Padawan, what projects or community are you involved in?

    I am involved with First Robotics, LUGOR (Linux User Group of Rochester) and Fedora Magazine.

  9. What advice do you have for new users who are just starting off and want to learn more about Linux?

    The first item would be to let Linux Padawan help you. The second would be to try lots of distributions so you find the one that meets your style. The third would be to make sure that the community surrounding that distribution is active, welcoming and helpful.

31 Jan

Master Spotlight: Walter Lapchynski

Meet Walter Lapchynski, aka wxl!

  1. How did you first get started using Linux? What distros, software or resources did you use while learning?

    I started rolling my own kernels in Slackware on an old ?ThinkPad when there was really only one page on the Internet *briefly* dealing with the subject of running Linux on laptops. I distro-hopped quite a bit before trying to breathe new life into an old PowerPC machine. I found Lubuntu and its wonderful community and stayed with them every since.

  2. While you were learning Linux, was there anybody (or group of people) who acted as a mentor to help you?

    Not really, but that’s not necessarily my style of learning, either. When I was eight, I read an enormous manual for my Commodore 128 and started programming games in BASIC. I learned a lot by reading and then experimenting with the concepts. Almost everything I have ever learned about computing has been like this!

    I guess I did have bulletin board services and especially Cleveland FreeNet (running on FreeBSD, I might add) that served as a resource of some kind or another. At minimum they gave me a community of like-minded folks and a playground to explore some other ideas.

  3. What made you want to join Linux Padawan as a master? What do you hope to gain, personally or professionally, from your involvement?

    Honestly, I don’t hope to gain anything beyond the enjoyment of helping others. I love learning and I love sharing what I learn. Most importantly, I feel I can help a whole new generation of the Linux-curious to become more than just users, but active, productive contributors. In this way, I feel I can give back to the world.

  4. What did you learn most about being a padawan?

    I’m not formally a padawan right now, but I’m always trying to learn as much as I can. In that and through my padawans, I think the thing I learned most is that is that everyone has their own motivations and aspirations. The padawan must adapt to the master in this way. This, in and of itself, can be a great lesson in getting along with different people. This, not code, is truly at the core of every healthy open source community.

  5. How are you going to pass on mentoring? What projects will you help them get involved with?

    I have a real aspiration to help people write code. The fundamentals of programming can be applied to any language and thus any open source project. I don’t think I will direct anyone at a particular project, but the ones that best represent their own interests. That being said, I do maintain a certain degree of bias towards Ubuntu and will likely lead people there.

  6. Linux Padawan is still a relatively new project, but what has your experience been so far?

    Being one of the core people involved in LinuxPadawan, my answer to this question more reflects my experience in creating the project, drawing interested parties to it, and keeping them engaged. This last part is perhaps the most challenging of all, as it requires constant check in. This has been a great learning experience for me.

  7. What do you hope to help your Padawans achieve during your mentoring of them?

    Confidence in their innate abilities, regardless of whether or not they have realized them or put them into practice. A natural curiosity to explore new avenues and projects. An ability to communicate effectively with people across the world. A knowledge that no matter what their abilities are, that there’s a place for them in the world of open source.

  8. Outside of Linux Padawan, what projects or community are you involved in?

    Mainly my involvement is with Ubuntu. I’m currently the Lubuntu QA Lead/Release Manager, the Team Leader for the Ubuntu Oregon Local Community, the PowerPC Point of Contact, and I also serve on the LoCo Council and the Membership Board. I dabble in all sorts of other things in the community, too.

    I’m also a co-organizer for the Eugene Unix and GNU/Linux User Group in my hometown.

  9. What advice do you have for new users who are just starting off and want to learn more about Linux?

    Do it! Ask lots of questions. It’s actually much easier than it seems. The egalitarian nature of Linux and open source will impact your life and way of looking at the world that no proprietary solution ever will.

30 Jan

Master Spotlight: Na3iL

Today we interview Na3iL

 

1) How did you first get started using Linux? What distros, software or resources did you use while learning?

When I was 12 years old, I was very interested about learning security & hacking stuff.
Thus, after a while searching in the web about good OS that protects you while you are online I met Linux, I used Mandriva & Ubuntu by the time of 2008.
From resources I’d used to learn Linux : openclassrooms.com, irc channels & free e-books.

2) While you were learning Linux, was there anybody (or group of people) who acted as a mentor to help you?

Unfortunately, There wasn’t no one to help, so I tried to search in forums, social networks etc.. and to post my questions & my bugs there.

3) What made you want to join Linux Padawan as a master? What do you hope to gain, personally or professionally, from your involvement?

In the 1st place, I joined Linux Padawan as a master to grow up my skills & to share my knowledge to Padawans here 😀

4) What did you learn most about being a padawan?

I learned a lot of good things 😀 The most important one that when you ask for help you will find a multiple answers from every side trying to help you..

5) How are you going to pass on mentoring? What projects will you help them get involved with?

I can help in many projects like Translation, WiKi documentation, SysAdmin staff & lot of other things..

6) Linux Padawan is still a relatively new project, but what has your experience been so far?

After I joined Linux Padawan, phillw asked me why I don’t apply for Ubuntu Membership, so I took his advice in consideration and I applied for it.
Now after getting my Ubuntu Membership I can’t decline that Linux Padawan and its members (Padawans/Masters) helped me a lot with their testimonials.
So I can just say that my experience with LP was very useful & fun in the same time.

7) What do you hope to help your Padawans achieve during your mentoring of them?

I can assume that I have many several skills, e.g programming, scripting, hacking, Linux in general and many other skills

8) Outside of Linux Padawan, what projects or community are you involved in?

I am currently involved in one of my projects which is LUG known as TGLUG (Tunisian GNU/Linux User Group). Besides I am involved with my LoCo team (Ubuntu-TN)

9) What advice do you have for new users who are just starting off and want to learn more about Linux?

1st of all, you are very lucky that you found Linux Padawan 😀 , my advice is to look for a master who can assist and help you in whatever you need to learn. 🙂