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My name is Charles, and I am new to Ubuntu. Many years ago, I encountered unix. It was a bit inaccessible to me at the time, so my first computer was an Apple II GS. It served for a short time, but it quickly became clear that I was destined to form a relationship with Microsoft. Of course, I had no idea how expensive that relationship would become.
Years later, I developed a career as a Career Development Trainer which included teaching people to create their own resumes. Naturally, many of my clients wanted advice on computer purchases. The most generous budget still placed a personal computer out of their reach primarily due to the cost of the OS and applications.
Recently, a confluence of events brought Ubuntu to my attention. My hard drive died, so I faced the prospect of installing and formatting and loading the OS and applications. That same week, an article appeared in our local newspaper contrasting Microsoft Windows with a new Linux distro (jargon alert!) called Ubuntu. The quoted expert in this article was a 13 year old student! I figured if a teenager could do it, so could I! After all, Dad was an engineer and technological competence is genetic, isn't it?
So. I found the Ubuntu Uwebsite, downloaded the distribution, burned a CD and previewed Ubuntu. I was sufficiently impressed to contemplate the next step - installation! I was so confident I decided on a dual boot configuration.
Well. Everything went swimmingly just as the Ubuntu website described. I followed the steps, removed the CD and rebooted. At last, there it was! Error 17...
Okay. THAT wasn't supposed to happen. I decided to boot into Windows so I could use the internet and ... no partition was found. Now I was REALLY aggravated. Fortunately, my desktop computer was available, so after a few minutes with Google, I found I wasn't alone with these issues. It became evident that I was slightly out of my depth, but that NEVER stops the men of my family.
After only 2 more complete reformatting and Windows installations and lots of googling, I realized where I had gone wrong and discerned how to fix it. I was SO proud of myself right up to the moment I tried to go onto the internet...
This time, I researched the wiki, the website and the chat functions. After only 3 more days, I finally achieved wireless connectivity.
My next steps were predictable, I suppose. I installed and configured Ubuntu on the desktop computer which I share with my son. Since he plans to study engineering, I assured him he would see Linux again, so he better get familiar with it. I presented him with an ancient, Ubuntu equipped Thinkpad which should suffice for his final year of high school.
I've managed to actually help a few people solve their wifi issues on the chat forums. Between the Ubuntu sticker on the exterior and the satanic edition graphics on the interior of my laptop, I get to introduce lots of people to Ubuntu. Hey, if an old dog like me can figure this stuff out, there's hope for anyone. I'm even studying for an Ubuntu certification.
In short, I'm a quick learner. My jeep is gassed, my calendar is free, my desire is high and my interest is keen. Please consider my "credentials" and send me to Ubuntu Live! Thank you.
Last edited by MISTERTibbs; 06-12-2007 at 12:59 AM.
My name is Ben Wilber, I have used Ubuntu for two years and love it. It is a wonderful thing when you finally realize that you've mastered the basics of GNU/Linux and are finally able to start contributing back to the community by answering questions on forums, submitting bug reports, etc. That is truly a magical time. I have since become a member of the Ubuntu Screencast team and have written reviews and guides detailing how to use Ubuntu on Apple hardware. Ever since last November, I have been following Eben Moglen closely in the press. If there are FOSS rockstars, he is certainly my favorite. I have read every one of his papers and listened to every publicly available speech and interview. I would really love to see him speak at Ubuntu Live, but unfortunately I cannot afford the $650. I am certainly not the only one aching to see him speak, so if there are others with a more direct role in FOSS, then they should have priority. I am relatively new to this world, and I am sure that there will be other opportunities.
It really dates back to the moment a friend handed me a copy of Ubuntu 5.10 Breeze Badger. I install Ubuntu, require help and without question turn to the Ubuntu forums. I ask a few questions and get pleasant, knowledgeable and well-defined responses within no less than 15 minutes. I correct the problems and am just overwhelmed by the entire process. Mostly I was in awe at the sense of belonging.
From that point on I find in the Ubuntu community what had been churning inside of me right along - the Ubuntu spirit. I began to get heavily involved in the forums both to help and get the knowledge that I thirst for daily. I bought almost every book devoted to Ubuntu to extend my Ubuntu experience whenever I needed. Everywhere I went I noticed that I could not help but talk about and share Ubuntu, not only the technical aspects but also the spirit of it all.
I have not been all talk though...
I have loaded laptops and PCs with Edubuntu for my children's day care.
Perfomed presentations (official and impromptu) to my technical school.
Joined the Ubuntu LoCo Florida Team and am an active contributing member.
Introduced people to and handed out Ubuntu CDs for Ubuntu Christian Edition, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Server and Edubuntu.
Advocated the use of Ubuntu Server in my workplace Data Center and LUG meetings that I attend.
Attending Ubuntu Live would further enable me to better deliver the technical and spiritual message that the Ubuntu community is steadily bringing to the world. Because of the activities that I have contributed to and continue to engage in within the Ubuntu community the opportunity would contribute greatly to my cause. And in turn make others what they are because of me.
I am a student and Open Source Enthusiast and first discovered Ubuntu while chatting in the Linux IRC channel. Since then I ordered some disks and distribued a few extra copies to my local public library and set up a dual boot with Ubuntu, Windows and OpenBSD.
Ubuntu is a great distro. It has regular updates and is easy to use. It is a great way to learn and use Linux.
Distribution: windows 2000pro but want to migrate to ubuntu
I thank you for the offer but I am currently living off disability and working my way out of a wheelchair.
No one will ever know how much the open source community means to me and others like me.Just from an economic stand point alone it has provide opportunity to access the web and all that it holds without being enslaved by microsoft.The technology that i have would be simply unaffordable and for that I thank you all.
My Name Is Abdo El-Rahman Hegazy
once i tried to use Ubunto but i got that it isn't like the magic of FEdora so i didn't tried it another.
but i hope that we can share eachother what we love in both of them
i ment the Beryl Project i couldn't find something like it in Ubunto
I have been a user of Redhat/RHEL, SUSE and variations for many years. Recently I have had experience with Ubuntu involving a project deploying Xubuntu on older hardware as a way to recycle older systems. Now I am interested in learning more I can do with Ubuntu and developing skills on a debian based environment.