Our latest interview is from a new member of the forum staff, Rubi1200. Hope you enjoy!
1. Tell as much as you’re willing about your “real life” like name, age, gender, location, family, religion, profession, education, hobbies, etc.
I am father to two wonderful boys and adoptive father to a very sweet street cat. My interests include medieval literature, medieval history, and computing. I was educated in medieval literature, mastering in Middle English romance, and currently work for a company that provides research materials to academic institutions. In my spare time, I like to listen to jazz and Afrobeat, watch sports on television with the kids, and learn about Linux.
2. When and how did you become interested in computers? in Linux? in Ubuntu?
Computers were always something that fascinated me, although I have only owned a computer for about 7 years now. I first became interested in Linux around 2005 and experimented with Ubuntu Dapper Drake in 2006.
3. When did you become involved in the forums (or the Ubuntu community)? What’s your role there?
I joined the Ubuntu Forums in 2010 and have tried to post on a daily basis in order to provide support to users in various sub-forums such as General Help, Absolute Beginner Talk, and Installation & Upgrades.
4. Are you an Ubuntu member? If so, how do you contribute? If not, do you plan on becoming one?
Yes, I am an Ubuntu Member (thanks to the Forum Council and all those who supported my application). My main areas of contribution are Wubi installs, booting problems, and anything else I think I can help someone with or at least point them in the right direction. I also try to give support when I see a post has gone unanswered in order to give people the feeling that their problems are not being ignored.
5. What distros do you regularly use? What software? What’s your favorite application? Your least favorite?
I love playing around with different Linux distros, either as a LiveCD, in a virtual environment, or installed to a partition on the disk. Some of my favorites include, but are not limited to, Linux Mint Debian Edition, CrunchBang, Knoppix, and openSUSE.
I don’t really have a least favorite application, although I am not too fond of remote desktop software and uninstall it at the first opportunity.
I have too many favorite applications to really put my finger on anything specific, but I would say that VLC, Htop, and UNetbootin are up there near the top of the list.
6. What’s your fondest memory from the forums, or from Ubuntu overall? What’s your worst?
I’ll start with the last part of the question first; I do not believe I have any. My fondest memory? I think there are too many to really pin this down to anything specific, but I will share one story that I think exemplifies the forums and Ubuntu in general.
I once responded to a post by a user who was having various issues trying to install Ubuntu, including graphics card problems, confusion about the best partitioning scheme and so on. I walked the user through the various steps until Ubuntu was installed successfully in a dual-boot configuration. The user was so grateful that I received messages on the Visitor Message page on my profile, numerous private messages thanking me profusely, and a friendship request (accepted of course).
Additionally, I am always happy when a user responds that the fix I suggested worked for them and that the problem is solved.
7. What luck have you had introducing new computer users to Ubuntu?
Unfortunately, none (yet).
8. What would you like to see happen with Linux in the future? with Ubuntu?
Personally, I hope to see more people becoming involved with Linux as well as Ubuntu.
9. If there was one thing you could tell all new Ubuntu users, what would it be?
Help other users if you can and try and uphold the spirit of Ubuntu in all you do whether on the forums or outside of it.
Originally Posted here on 2011-10-05