21 Jan

Master Spotlight: Svetlana Belkin

Meet Svetlana Belkin

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

I started out with Ubuntu Linux in 2009 and most of the learning I done was on my own just clicking around and changing settings to the way I want it. If I was stuck, I Googled for my answer and sometimes I asked in #ubuntu on IRC, on the Ubuntu Forums, or AskUbuntu.

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

No, I did not have a mentor while learning Linux.

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 joined because I enjoy helping others to understand what is the Ubuntu Community and what a non-developer/programmer can do within it. Also, the founder, Phil Whiteside is a good friend my mine.

I honestly don not know what I hope to gain from my involvement! Perhaps, mentoring in technical fields from the other masters, but nothing else (yet).

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

I am mentoring one who wants to learn the ways of the Ubuntu Community and about the Ubuntu Leadership team.

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

A good one so far and I enjoyed watching it grow.

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

I hope that my Padawans use the skills that they have learn where they need to use them. Also to gain friendships between the masters and the Padawans.

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

I focus mostly on community building in the Ubuntu Community. My projects deal with training new leaders and creating tools to help people to get involved in teams.

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

If you are stuck and need help, please ask around the forums and IRC channels of the distro that you are using rather than Googling for your answer, you will get a up-to-date answer that way!


You can read the rest of the Master Spotlight interviews here

16 Jan

Master Spotlight: Bodhi Zazen

Linux Padawan is a place where new Linux users can learn from those who came before them, to gain the knowledge and experience they need to become contributing memners of the open source community. This is the first in a series of interviews with these Masters of Linux Padawan who are volunteering their time to raise up the next generation of community members.


Today we interview Bodhi Zazen

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

I started learning Linux when I became disatisifed with the service I was getting from Microsoft. I started with gentoo in 2002 and migrated to ubuntu with the release of 4.10. Actually I installed ubuntu by starting with Debian, changing to the ubuntu repositories, and upgrading.

Over the years I have used RHEL, Centos, Scientific, SUSE, Slackware, Wolvix, Puppy, Fedora, and Arch linux as well.

I learned by reading the online documentation, user forums, and IRC.

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

The ubuntu forums was very helpful to me as was my local LUG.

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 past, I was very active in the Ubuntu community. I made a number of life long friends within the community , including phillw.

I joined as an extension of my friendship with phillw.

I do not seek to gain anything professionally, but personally I enjoy mentoring people as they start using Linux and guide them to contribute to the community.

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

All of them , any way I can.

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

So far I have watched them grow, and nudged them in a friendly way when they need. I have given advice on IRC and made new friends.

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

I hope as they become competent members of the community they will contribute back to the community. There are many ways to contribute from (quality) bug reports, to testing, to packaging, to writing code.

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

I am less active with the linux community in general, but I maintain one package, display-dhammapada and am somewhat active on IRC with Fedora and some online support forums.

I spend most of my time with my family and spend a fair amount of time with music. I play mandolin and piano, drums reluctantly, and occasional guitar.

I recently became active in musescore

http://musescore.org/en

Nice application, cross platform. I beta test , but report, and nudge them to package properly

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

Don’t be afraid of the command line =)

Start with a major distro, Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, or SUSE and read the initial documentation.

Use google and put a little thought into questions when asking for assistance. You do not need to be an expert to ask a question, but a well thought out question with background information is more likely to get a positive result.

09 Jan

Welcome

As linuxpadawan gets fully grounded we have some exciting things coming soon. Firstly there will be the cloud server going live thus allowing masters to run the different linux flavours in an environment where padawans can ‘blow them up’ in complete safety. Blowing up servers is one of the best ways to learn! As these cloud instances have a short life expectancy, I have allocated 500 GB of hard drive space for padawans to keep any files / scripts that they need backing up.

08 Jan

Welcome to Linux Padawan’s Blog!

As one of the general admins of Linux Padawan, Svetlana Belkin, said back in December 2014:

Today was the release day of Linux Padawan, a free mentoring service that is aimed for all Linux users, new and old, to learn new skills from masters.   Any one can be a padawan or a master, just come and ask one our members of how to become one.

Linux Padawan already been around for a month and we already have a few padawans learning from our masters.

But as a suggestion from Michael Hall, one of the Ubuntu Community mangers, we have opened up a blog that will focus on the news of the service and showing off the projects of our padawans as the learn from their masters.  We hope that we offer the best mentoring for our padawans in order for them to grow.