11 Dec

Reopening of Linux Padawan

Back in May, we had issues with one of our masters/admins and a padawan and due to respect on both parties, their names will be not named.  Due to this, we had a change in management to Svetlana Belkin (belkinsa), Rafael Laguna (redwolf) and Walter Lapchynski (wxl).

Also, back in May, the Ubuntu community wikis were hit by a major spam attack. Both the Ubuntu community wikis and our wiki were running on the MoinMoin wiki platform.  While the wiks of Ubuntu are still on MoinMoin, we have switched to the MediaWiki platform.  Since we done this, we ask our active members to recreate their profile pages.  The easiest way is to to find your name on the “About Us” page, link that link, and create that page.

We also created a Code of Conduct page.

04 Dec

Master Spotlight: Thomas Ward

Meet Thomas Ward aka teward!

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

. I first started using Linux when attending Carnegie Mellon University (before leaving for another University), back in 2009. They were heavily supportive of the UNIX based environment, as well as Windows and Apple. I first started with Ubuntu 9.04 on my own systems, while having access to Red Hat systems (without administrative privileges, unfortunately) at Carnegie Mellon.

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

. The Ubuntu community at large helped me out with everything I had in terms of issues with Linux. As time progressed, and my skillset evolved, different Ubuntu teams began to pique my interest, and as I started contributing, their skilled members helped me improve on my own skills.

The Internet in general also needs some credit, most “how to do” something tutorials help to some extent.

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

. Initially, I was invited by one of the founding members of Linux Padawan, to act as a Master if time permitted, and to be a knowledge resource if I could not. I hope to gain additional sight as a helpful community member by my membership in Linux Padawan, even if I can’t actively mentor someone full-time.

I currently am working as the technical contact for the infrastructure that runs the LinuxPadawan site and functionality.  Yay, IT Systems Administration experience!

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

. I never was a padawan here. However, I can say that as someone who has received mentoring from others, it is important to note that you will always learn something from a mentor, even if it’s something simple.

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

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

. I think Linux Padawan has a lot of benefits of helping individuals get started with Linux, and to get them interested into areas they’re already curious about. It’s a fascinating project, and it has a lot of potential, and will gain support from others over time and more and more mentors and padawans.

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

. I currently do not have any Padawans, however my overall goal has been to share my knowledge, and help others expand their own by taking information from my own knowledge. This helps others to in turn learn and expand their knowledge, which is the whole point of being a mentor!

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

. I am currently a member of the Ubuntu Server Team, working primarily to keep the {{{nginx}}} packages maintained in Ubuntu. I also work with the Ubuntu Bug Squad, and Ubuntu Bug Control teams to help triage bugs.
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. I also provide third-party package repositories for the {{{nginx}}} and {{{znc}}} packages in Ubuntu and Debian, making sure that people on older releases of those distributions have access to more recent patched software.
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. I am also currently attending University for a degree in Security and Risk Analysis, focusing on Information and Cyber-Security, to further make myself more marketable to the world. I also work as a member of the IT staff at a private cyber-security firm.

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

. This applies to everything, but… start with the basics. Ask questions to try and learn more, consult knowledge bases and documentation, and try and learn things on your own before asking for the answers. Also take baby-steps – don’t immediately jump into building kernels if you haven’t even mastered how to edit things on the command line or even how to use the command line, and don’t jump around outside your skillsets at first. If you’re starting out with Linux, you start at the basics and work your way out from there.
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. And remember: ask questions if you have them – you learn more by getting answers from those that know what they’re doing, than doing nothing.

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. 🙂

29 Dec

An excellent resource

We are all ways looking for good quality free teaching books. It seems that we are not the only people. I have come accross an amazing list and am delighted to share it with everyone!
https://github.com/vhf/free-programming-books/blob/master/free-programming-books.md

27 Jan

Master Spotlight: Paul Sutton

Meet Paul Sutton

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

Sometime early / mid 90’s. PCW had Slackware with kernel 1.0.9 (yes very early) I guess the hacker in me, was why I wanted to try it out. Back then was before good cdrom support so it was a case of making a boot / root disk, then make floppy disks for each of the various sets of disks needed for install e.g b(base) a(applications) etc. Partition using fdisk, by modern standards we are spoilt now but there is a lot ot be said for knowing what is under the hood. There are lots of books, I had a slackware book with 2.0.30 kernel on the cd, so that helped me too. But have gone through Red Hat,  Debian, Mandrake (now Mandriva)

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

This was before a local linux user group formed, so there was the local cybercafe and IRC #linux from there, I think Chris Ham and Mike (both who worked there) really helped me get online. I eventually joined the Devon and Cornwall GNU / Linux user group, In fact I am on the first page of the archive, offering to produce a poster to promote the group, It is not much but shows how long I have been on 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?

I think I was invited in by Phillw, as I am involved in ToriOS, and hang out on IRC, I like helping people so this is a way to share knowledge without being judged on if you have qualifications on paper, instead you are judged on how you work within other projects, which is good when you have skills that are not easily quantifiable.

4) How many Padawan are you currently mentoring? What projects are you
helping them get involved with?

Just one, helping with python, he signed up to an online course I think and one task was to write a prime number calculator, I suggested some enhancements to the program, such as adding a routine to check user had entered a number,

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

Excellent, it is a really good concept, in fact I was reading a forum on LinkedIn where someone asked about learning bash, I suggested Linux padawan as one way of getting help. I am sure there are also resources for bash on the site. I just wish it was easier to convince people that peer learning is very powerful, and that with so much help out there that is to me just as effective as formal teaching.

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

If Padawans can learn something new then I have achieved something, even if this is through being signposted to a useful resource. Some times formal teaching can teach you xyz and experience teaches you everything else.

I am not going to aim really high as I don’t feel my knowledge is wide enough, however small things I have picked up from experience such as keeping small routines on hand so you build up a collection for use in bigger programs is useful. So more practical advice as to what helps me, is in fact also useful to others. Knowing where to find information or passing on where I have learnt somethng that has helped me is very useful and can hopefully save people a lot of wasted time.

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

I am documentation lead for ToriOS, I was briefly on the Lubuntu docs team, but Ali got me involved in ToriOS. I found that starting from scratch with ToriOS in the early stages much easier. I also organise and run the local Raspberry Pi jam (Torbay).

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

Have an open mind and persist, use IRC, and learn how to use pastebin (even if used as guest) and Github. Gooogle is also your friend, and google before asking as some irc channels won’t help you, if you ask in the right way you get help.

If there are local pi jams or other events go along and don’t be afraid to ask / give help. These events should be for all ages so if you’re 5 for 105 go along, The world seems to be moving away from traditional learning to online learning communities, take advantage of this. Hackers recognise the skills of others and judge accordingly.

Oh business cards are really good, they may seem old fashioned but they are great for networking and better than scraps of paper. Good way for people to get your information.


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27 Jan

I wasn’t sure if I should do the master or the padawan interview, so I did both… zach villers

Another of our master / padawan people have given a deeper insight into them selves.

How did you first get started using Linux? What distros, software or resources did you use while learning?
Christmas of 2013, my eight year old son was crazy for Minecraft. We didn’t have a computer for him and the little raspberry pi I bought to start learning linux on didn’t much interest him. We didn’t have much to spend that year, but I really wanted to surprise him. I scoured the local ads and found an old Pentium 4 box, and a monitor for about $40 US. I added in a $20 graphics and was set for hardware. I had planned all along to install linux of some flavor, mostly because the price was right, but I also liked the aspect of freedom and being in control of my system.
I tried Puppy first and found it too complicated for me, Ubuntu worked, but the machine hadn’t much ram and it just felt clunky. I finally settled on Mint 16 with the Cinnamon desktop. It was easy to use, easy to configure, and the install worked. I put in several hours at nights for a couple of months getting everything working the week before Christmas.
Watching him play on Christmas morning was the best! Both of our children are on the Autism spectrum and are faced with many challenges in life. Playing Minecraft was a way for him to be social with his friends and family. It reminded me of the fun that I had with my Texas Instruments 99-4A more than a few years ago and gave me a desire to build my own PC.
I shoveled driveways and sidewalks that winter and was finally able to put together enough cash to build my own machine, an AMD quad core machine that I loved. I can’t remember what distro I started with on that, but it has seen at least fifty installs in just over a year’s time, booting up to four or five distributions at once. I tend to hop less often now, but have been through every major flavor of Linux and FreeBSD for good measure.
Through it all, I received so much guidance from various forums, tutorials, chatrooms, podcasts, etc. All of this was made possible by various communities who were willing to contribute something of themselves and their time.
While you were learning Linux, was there anybody (or group of people) who acted as a mentor to help you?
I would point to the Reddit community for questions, the folks at Jupiter Broadcasting for encouragement and enthusiasm, and my RH-CSA instructor Phil Lovecchio that really made things click.
How did you find Linux Padawan?
I am constantly looking for new content to learn or experiment with. I follow Svetlana Belkin’s blog; http://ubuntusense.com/ and saw her post regarding the group.
What skills did you come to Linux Padawan with?
Outside of breaking things, I have a good foundation with the basics, particularly in the RHEL family of distributions for setting up basic servers. Having used so many different distributions has given me a good foundation of working with desktops in particular. I am familiar with sysVinit as well as systemd. I’ve broken GRUB more times than I can count. I’ve used most every major desktop and a few window managers as well. I can find my way around /etc, have a very basic knowledge of shell scripts and regex. You could say I’m a good all-rounder.

What made you want to join Linux Padawan as a padawan? What do you hope to gain, personally or professionally, from your involvement?
I am apprenticed to Phillw to expand my knowledge of OpenStack, virtualization, systemd, and gain a better understanding of what goes into day to day systems administration. I currently work as a project manager and hope to certify with either Red Hat or the Linux Foundation as a CSA within the next few months.
I’m also apprenticed to Zleap to learn python for scripting and automation. I would also like to learn more about python for the purpose of detecting network intrusion.
What have you accomplished as a padawan? What did you learn.
So far, I’ve written my first script in more than twenty years or so and am rediscovering the power and fun of programming again. I’ve also written my first tutorial for LinuxPadawan on resetting a lost root password o
From phillw (and really the whole group) I’ve learned how much you gain by contributing to others and the community. I’ve started to learn something of moin syntax and am working on my own website.
What has your experience been like with your master?
Both masters are incredibly easy to work with. Collaborating is so much easier now than it was when I was in school. Having PhillW and Zleap available to bounce ideas off of is so much better than banging my head against the wall trying to learn something.
Any suggestions as to how masters can better facilitate learning in their padawan?
Both masters have done a great job and have been very encouraging. Just keeping the encouragement and challenges coming makes it interesting and fun.

What made you want to join Linux Padawan as a master? What do you hope to gain, personally or professionally, from your involvement?
I originally came to be a Padawan, but PhillW encouraged me to offer myself up as a master. The thought hadn’t occurred to me that I could help people learn. It made me take a step back and walk through my accomplishments and see how far I had come.
I want to give beginners the same leg up that I had when I first started. Knowing how to problem-solve basic issues and where to look for the more complicated ones is a barrier that stops a lot of people.
I work for a cable provider now that will be going through changes this year. I think that opportunities in Open Source keep growing and would like to make a career of it for myself.
How many Padawan are you currently mentoring? What projects are you helping them get involved with?
I am currently without a padawan. I would love to get people started learning how to work at the command line, give them the basics that I’ve been given and help get them pointed to a project that interests them.
What do you hope to help your Padawans achieve during your mentoring of them?
I want people to gain confidence in themselves and broader understanding of the world available to them with Open Source.
Linux Padawan is still a relatively new project, but what has your experience been so far?
It already feels like a community. Everyone understands the pressures and responsibilities that we all have in our daily lives. I was able to help another padawan with a problem they were having and they were so happy and thankful it really made me feel good to be able to contribute as well.
Outside of Linux Padawan, what projects or community are you involved in?
I’ve joined the Ubuntu Ohio LoCo and will be participating in my first global jam soon. I have also started testing with Lubuntu as well and found my first bug.
What advice do you have for new users who are just starting off and want to learn more about Linux?
Back up your data, back up the back up of your data, and then start breaking stuff and fixing it. Contribute something, ask that question you are afraid to, join us as a padawan or join another community. Keep trying.

Anything else you’d like to say?
I’m very thankful for the opportunity to contribute.

21 Jan

Master and Padawan Spotlight: Gustavo Silva

Gustavo is one of the members of Linux Padawan who is both a padawan and a master. We all can learn new things, right? Linux Padawan is not a hierarchy, but a community.

Meet Gustavo Silva

How did you first get started using Linux? What distros, software or resources did you use while learning?
I started using Linux a long time ago. I am not even sure the version that was used back then. I was 13 years old, so that was almost 10 years ago. I only used Ubuntu for a short period. The concept of open-source was not well received among the people I needed to work with – so, school work groups and similar. Also, I was very young and I was more interested in playing computer games back then.
In the last year of my master’s degree, I wasn’t forced to use Office or any other similar tool, so I decided to switch again to Ubuntu. It is more fast, not-so-picky as windows and most of the alternative softwares suffice my needs. And currently with all this cloud software… I barely need to use any stand-alone software.
While you were learning Linux, was there anybody (or group of people) who acted as a mentor to help you?
No. Only Google. When I finally switched over to Linux, I already knew that any problems that could come up would require me to solve them by myself. Therefore, all my troubleshooting was made via Google and occasionally via the official forums.

How did you find Linux Padawan?

Phill mentioned about it when he was thinking about starting the project. Back then, I was interested in learning about the leader’s role in open-source projects.

What skills did you come to Linux Padawan with?

Well, only small things in Java and HTML. Other than that, only had my academical background to define my skillset. My academical background comes from intense training in economics and management, even though I have tried to specialize in strategy, leadership, finance and management. I also had some basic knowledge of R, even though I do not master the software. I have been using it to build some graphics to my master’s thesis. It works very well for that purpose, but requires a bit a patience and willingness to learn.

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

Linux Padawan as a full and competent roster of Masters. They are all very experienced guys, either with open or closed projects, so the skills they can pass on are very important to the development of the linux community.

Personally, I think this is a great opportunity to experiment my skill set in a different world – the world of open-source, that is. Obviously, that requires me to learn something in specific and be good at it. Professionally, the teamwork required for the survival of all teams and sub-teams is a great thing to mention in the future. Even though this is in a different world, it is still teamwork.

What have you accomplished as a padawan? What did you learn?

I managed to learn and get my way around MoinMoin. I think that is the most important achievement since I am around this group. Even though it is not as complex as other programming languages, it can be tricky and complex to deal with on a daily-basis. Besides, the importance of wiki maintenance is high for developers and newcomers.

My work as a Padawan around the Wiki affairs as opened the opportunity to lead the Wiki & Documentation subteam of Lubuntu. It is a big opportunity for me since I can have an experience to lead a team full of experienced people and it feels great to have your work recognized by the ones you call as masters.
What has your experience been like with your master?
It has been great. I have two but this case can apply to both.
Their approach has been highly practical and that allows us to understand the concepts more in depth.

Any suggestions as to how masters can better facilitate learning in their padawan?

Well, regardless of my previous experiences, the best way is to make it as practical as possible. This is a practical world and sometimes our explanations are not as clear as we think so. Thus, putting your padawan’s hands into the dirt, is very important. Besides, s/he will feel important and useful to the community – so s/he integrates easier.

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

For a long time, I have been helping IT guys getting their projects running, while using my management and economics background to help them. I notice their managerial sense is not as accurate as mine and ideas aren’t useful unless they are put on the right path. I joined Linux Padawan to try to help anyone that needs input over the management of their ideas and projects (open or closed source).

How many Padawan are you currently mentoring? What projects are you helping them get involved with?

Currently none. I am new to the list and I didn’t find enough time to promote myself as a master.

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

First of all, I hope to suffice their needs. I will always try to leave them in an independent position. I wish they become autonomous throughout time without needing help (not even mine).

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

Great actually, both as Padawan and as a Master. The people behind it just make a great project like this come alive.

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

I’m currently the leader of Lubuntu’s Wiki and Documentation sub-group.

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

If they are not comfortable using the OS, then Linux Padawan is a great way to 1) know some interesting and helpful people, 2) learn a lot of things about the OS and the community. Finally, and not related to Linux Padawan, 3) don’t be afraid to use the terminal.


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