IRC Nick: ember
How long have you used Linux and what was your first distro?
My first distro was Mandrake, i don’t remember which one, but i remember that i started using Linux when Red Hat 6.0 was released (that was my second distro). I’ve used Red Hat up to 8.0 and then switched to Slackware -> ArchLinux -> Gentoo -> Debian -> Ubuntu. (sort of)
How long have you been using Ubuntu?
I’ve switched to Ubuntu when Gutsy was still in development, i kinda installed Feisty and upgraded to Gutsy.
When did you get involved with the MOTU team and how?
When Gutsy was released i decided to take a shot and get into development to Hardy, i spend my Gutsy journey trying to understand some bits of Ubuntu development. I started to contribute some bits and giving some love to packages of the Desktop Team.
What helped you learn packaging and how Ubuntu teams work?
Mostly by reading the wiki.ubuntu.com and asking on IRC. And with help of some people (like Daniel Holbach and all the Ubuntu Desktop Team)
What’s your favorite part of working with the MOTU?
Be part of making something great like Ubuntu, the community and all the people around Ubuntu development.
Any advice for people wanting to help out MOTU?
Read, start with simple things like triage bugs, and then try something like patches, packing, merges, new upstreams, if you need help spend some time on irc (#ubuntu-motu) and ask.
Are you involved with any local Linux/Ubuntu groups?
Yes, I’m involved in the Portuguese LoCo.
What are you going to focus on in Karmic?
I’m going to focus on cleaning some bugs and polish some gnome updates, and try to work more with upstream.
What do you do in your other spare time?
Spare time? My spare time is for Ubuntu, the other ‘time’ is for working/studying and sleeping :-)