08 Sep

Membership Board Member Interviews: Miles Sharpe

The Ubuntu Membership Board is responsible for approving new Ubuntu members. I interviewed our board members in order for the Community to get to know them better and get over the fear of applying to Membership.

Our last interviewee (for my series) is Miles Sharpe:

What do you do for a career?

I was a Telcom technician about 30 years ago. Then became a diesel mechanic for about 5 years the did sheep and beef stock farm management till 1998 when I had a bad head injury which left me unable to do physical stuff anymore.

> What was your first computing experience?

In 2007 my brother brought me an old 486 with red alerts in dos mode to try get me interested in something again. This led to much frustration because everything was so slooooow. I learned from a neighbor what was caused the prob then started scrounging everywhere for something better and got hold of a P3 that had been scrapped. Took a few weeks to figure
out what the problem was but got it running then install win 98 and Red Alert came alive. Then I learned that increasing ram help even more and installed xp. I played that game non stop until I heard about going
online so managed to get an old Motorolla cell working as a modem. Then the troubles started. You know the virus and malware thing. So started
looking for something that wouldnt need fdisk/format reinstall monthly, that took me again to the neighbor and he had an 8.04 cd lying around.

> How long have you been involved with Ubuntu?

I struggled to get 8.04 to work with the cell as a modem so asked for 8.10 cd and had that downloaded and burned to cd. yay even got online and went to Ubuntu mailing list for help with this strange OS. oh my.
Firstly the support there is good but not meant for total Noobs. Often you get given a command without sudo before the command, so many mails
back and forth later superfly from ubuntu-za found me there and explained nicely how to get to irc #ubuntu-za where he and inetpro and a few others helped me for months and some of the guys supplied me with
cds of each release. so I grew in knowledge and friendship from release to release. #ubuntu-za became my new world. I love those guys like brothers

> Since you are all fairly new to the Board, why did you join?

After all the help and friendship I received I had to find a way to try give back something to our community. So after years I was encouraged to apply for Ubuntu membership even though I know nothing about coding or any of the clever things you guys do so easily. So when I saw an email asking for applicants for board membership and no replies I offered to step in if no one else applied. Amazingly I was approved and so gained
more contacts and friends all over the world.

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

Only projects I have been involved with are creating #ubuntu-africa and getting the clever guys to build a site for me that could help unite all Ubuntu and Linux users in Africa http://ubuntu-africa.info

> What is your focus in Ubuntu today?

My main focus today is to help unite all of Africa’s Linux users and help any newcomers in #ubuntu-za and #ubuntu-africa to learn linux with the same friendly help I received.

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

Nope, That is for clever peeps

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

Just jump in, there are many that will give all the guidance and support you need. Never be shy or afraid to ask. The Ubuntu Community is the most helpful and friendly community out there.

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

Only to thank inetpro, superfly, tumbleweed, cocooncrash and the rest of the ZA community for all the hours spent teaching me, and the rest of the Ubuntu Community for being such friendly and helpful bunch.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *