Brandon Holtsclaw (imbrandon)
Age: 30 ( 12/19/1978 )
Location: Kansas City, Missouri USA
IRC nick: imbrandon
How long have you used Linux and what was your first distro?
Not sure about the exact date but I started using linux at my first “Tech Job” around May 1997 on our servers ( our mail, webserver, and radius server ran RH 4.x – yes all on ONE box, scary) that i was responsible for. Not long after that I ran RH and SuSE on my desktops as “Secondary” OS’s for a long time until Breezy came out and all the tech media was a buzz about Ubuntu. I downloaded and gave it a shot and Kubuntu Breezy became my “Main” Desktop OS and I finally rid my computers of MS Windows forever at that point.
How long have you been using Ubuntu?
Since the Beta release of Breezy Badger (Kubuntu 5.10)
When did you get involved with the MOTU team and how?
Very soon after the Release of Breezy I started noticing bit and parts I wanted changed and (k)ubuntu had such inviting developers that it was easy for me to interact with them on IRC and learn the basics of what needed to be done to contribute my patches (mostly gleened from upstream bug trackers), by the end of the Dapper Cycle I was a Seasoned MOTU helping others start just as I did on IRC :)
What helped you learn packaging and how Ubuntu teams work?
Lots of very very friendly MOTU and Core-Developers on IRC from dholbach, jriddell, crimsun, mdz, ajmitch, StevenK, bddebian, azeem, Hobbsee and even Sabdfl himself (and honestly way too many to list here, those are the ones that are outstanding in my mind.) that didn’t mind answering questions and get me going in the right direction not having any prior .deb building or updating experience before coming mostly form a RPM based distro background not debian as most Early MOTU did.
What’s your favorite part of working with the MOTU?
I cant pick just one easily but the top 2 are interaction with a great team of Ubuntu Contributers (it’s no fun if you don’t like whom you have to interact with), and the satisfaction I’m making a difference to many people by getting rid of BUGS!
Any advice for people wanting to help out MOTU?
Don’t be afraid or thing you cant help out, it can be daunting at times but interact and do a little legwork on the Wiki. In no time you’ll be not only learning yourself but helping others just like yourself.
Are you involved with any local Linux/Ubuntu groups?
We have a local LUG (www.kclug.org) I attend meeting sometimes and often give out Ubuntu CD’s and Help at events the LUG sponsors but I don’t participate as much as I would like, and we only have a State wide LOCO so again I don’t get to participate as much as I would like but do when I can.
What are you going to focus on in Karmic?
I would like to focus on Mono CLI apps and making GTK Apps (like pidgin) play nice in Kubuntu along with help mentor and sponsor new contributors to Ubuntu.
What do you do in your other spare time?
Computer Related I spend a lot of free time doing freelance web development and checking out new podcasts (oh how I miss Jono and Friends on Lugradio) Then when I’m not at the computer I love to go Camping and get out to the lake. I also spend waaayyyy too much time on Guitar Hero and Frets on Fire!!