Thierry Carrez (Koon)
Location: In the countryside in the center of France
IRC Nick: Koon
How long have you used Linux and what was your first distro?
My first contact with Linux was in 1994, a Slackware 2.1. Then I installed lots of RedHat (mostly on routers and servers), then in 2003 I switched to Gentoo. It was the first distribution I ran without dual boot on my personal and professional desktop. Gentoo was also the first distro I really contributed to (as manager of their security team).
How long have you been using Ubuntu?
I’ve started using Ubuntu in 2006 (Dapper Drake). At that time I had switched jobs and had my first daughter (less free time to spend hacking computers) so I needed a distribution that “just worked”. I picked Ubuntu and never looked back…
When did you get involved with the MOTU team and how?
In 2008 I was hired by Canonical as a member of the server team. I had to learn Debian packaging (I knew how to extract patches from source packages, but never did one). During the Intrepid cycle, amongst otherthings I packaged in universe a WBEM stack and tomcat6 (which ended up in main). At the beginning of the Jaunty cycle my sponsors got a little tired and pressured me to apply :)
What helped you learn packaging and how Ubuntu teams work?
I started with the Ubuntu Packaging Guide and followed all wiki references. I also participated in the Developer week IRC sessions: something I would recommend to all people interested in development.
What’s your favorite part of working with the MOTU?
It’s difficult to have a growing community that is elite, friendly and open at the same time. The MOTU have managed to create and maintain such a community, and I’m proud to be a part of it.
Any advice for people wanting to help out MOTU?
Get involved, it’s easier than you think. There is nothing magic in maintaining a distribution: once you learn the basics, the sky is your only limit. Join the developer week IRC sessions !
Are you involved with any local Linux/Ubuntu groups?
I live in the middle of nowhere so there is no local LUG… but I plan to get more involved with the French LoCo.
What are you going to focus on in Jaunty?
I’m investigating solutions for packaging larger Java software into Ubuntu, and I want to push an easy solution to put /etc under revision control.
What do you do in your other spare time?
I’m now the father of two young daughters and that takes most of my other spare time. In my other other spare time, I ride horses and do digital photography.