Interview with Laura Czajkowski of the Ubuntu Community Council

The Ubuntu Community Council is the primary community (i.e., non-technical) governance body for the Ubuntu project. In this series of 7 interviews, we go behind the scenes with the community members who were elected in 2013 serve on this council with Mark Shuttleworth.

In this, our third interview, we talk with Laura Czajkowski about her work from the Ubuntu LoCo in Ireland to her current role at Couchbase.

czajkowski

Tell us a little about yourself

A little about me, I hail from Castleconnell, Co. Limerick Ireland and moved to England 4 years ago and now live in Guildford with my 6 hens and a pug called Bash. I am passionate about open source and communities and will happily talk about these subjects over a beverage or two for hours! By day I’m the Developer Community Manager at Couchbase, where I work with the developer advocate team talking about Couchbase Mobile and Server.

What was your first computing experience?

I was given an Amiga 500 as a kid and played games for a chunk of time till I went to secondary school/high School and did Computer Programming in Basic for a year.

How long have you been involved with Ubuntu?

I got involved in Ubuntu around ‘06/07 sometime

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on in Ubuntu over the years?

I started off being involved in my loco and on IRC and from there just jumped straight in and onto various projects. Ubuntu Ireland Ubuntu UK,Membership board, LoCo Council Ubuntu Leadership (development of leadership), Ubuntu Bug Control, Ubuntu Bugsquad, Ubuntu Accomplishments, NGO project and Ubuntu Women

There is so much choice out there hopefully you can find something that excites you to get involved.

What is your focus in Ubuntu today?

I’m on the Community Council, helping and supporting people where I can. I’m logged on permanently on IRC in various locations czajkowski on freenode if you ever want to talk or bounce ideas about Ubuntu and the community and I’m involved in the loco communities.

Do you contribute to other free/open source projects? Which ones?

Couchbase :)

If you were to give a newcomer some advice about getting involved with Ubuntu, what would it be?

We’re a welcoming community, and open to people who have varying experience levels and expertise. Try different things out and find out what works best for you. In Ubuntu there are many ways to contribute to be involved and have fun. Some of my closest friends are those I met from being involved in Ubuntu.

Always have fun. Always ask for help, and know it’s ok to ask for help. Always know it’s ok to take a break and come back. Always welcome!

Do you have any other comments else you wish to share with the community?

Nothing is perfect and everything can always be worked and improved upon. Ubuntu is no different, it’s not perfect but you do have a voice and a community you can talk to on IRC, Forums, Mailing Lists.

Have fun using Ubuntu and share your experience with others where ever you can.

New to this series? Check out our previous two Community Council interviews:

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 404

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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 403

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #403 for the week February 2 – 8, 2015, and the full version is available here.

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Interview with Kev (elfy) of the Ubuntu Community Council

The Ubuntu Community Council is the primary community (i.e., non-technical) governance body for the Ubuntu project. In this series of 7 interviews, we go behind the scenes with the community members who were elected in 2013 serve on this council with Mark Shuttleworth.

In this, our second interview, we talk with elfy about his experience with Ubuntu Forums, QA and beyond.

elfy

Tell us a little about yourself

I spend my day dealing out drugs – luckily I drive a van for a pharmacy. Though previously I used to work for an aircraft manufacturer – life changes and choices led me to not working for a few years. If nothing else I see there are a lot of people out in the world much worse off than me.

What was your first computing experience?

I did an apprenticeship with British Aerospace – they used Ditmco for testing harnesses, you can find it on the web – but in the early 80s it was tapes – big room, really good to be in there in the winter, hangars are not warm places. Used desktop PCs in the 90s – with proprietary software for work. Then there was a gap of some years when I had no use for computers of any sort. Eventually I got one in the early 2000′s but I only *use* it then and it’s not different now (though the machines are).

I’ve been involved with Ubuntu since 2007 – the day I installed Ubuntu. I needed some help so joined Ubuntuforums and got it and more, then I started to help others as I learned more. Since then I’ve mostly hung about the forums, was asked in 2009 to become a moderator and am now one of the Forum Council. I do bits with AskUbuntu – but it’s not my favourite support medium. I’ve been on the Community Council since late 2013 when enough of my peers voted for me – proud moment.

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on in Ubuntu over the years?

In the early part of my time I joined and took part in the Ubuntu Beginners Team – that was fun, I learnt things and taught things, but mostly it was about mentoring others. So mostly I’ve been involved in support, the only other parts of the Ubuntu project I’ve worked have revolved around testing both on Xubuntu, I’ve been working with that team for 2 years or so in QA and testing and in the Ubuntu Manual Testcase project.

What is your focus in Ubuntu today?

Much as it’s always been – supporting people who need it the most.

If you were to give a newcomer some advice about getting involved with Ubuntu, what would it be?

Don’t be scared of the command line, don’t be shy. Ask, then ask again. Join in where you feel able and as you become more confident – look around at what else is going on, there is plenty out there – support, translating, docs, coding, advocacy – have a look at the Community find-a task page http://community.ubuntu.com/contribute/find-a-task/.

New to this series? Check out the first Community Council interview:

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 402

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #402 for the week January 25 – February 1, 2015, and the full version is available here.

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  • David Morfin
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