Stefan Lesicnik (stefanlsd)
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
IRC Nick: stefanlsd
How long have you used Linux and what was your first distro?
I’ve been involved with Linux since around 1996. After leaving school and doing an MCSE (sorry!), I knew I only wanted to work with Linux. My first distribution was Redhat 3.0.3 (Picasso).
How long have you been using Ubuntu?
After using Gentoo for many years, i finally moved to Ubuntu Feisty and haven’t looked back since!
When did you get involved with the MOTU team and how?
I started to contribute during the Intrepid cycle. I am not a great programmer (although really enjoy it), so I mainly started with small fixes. Adding a watch file, incorporating a patch, looking at various bugs and trying to assist. I attended or read the logs of all of the Ubuntu developer week sessions (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek) and followed the MOTU resources from the wiki (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/GettingStarted)
What helped you learn packaging and how Ubuntu teams work?
I like to try and do something myself. It’s typically then when I run into all the problems and deepen my understanding of how things actually work. I started by upgrading some packages (GPA), and then finally packaging something (Google Gears).
What’s your favorite part of working with the MOTU?
I love being able to improve something I use and work with everyday. I enjoy the challenges and learning more about how an operating systems and community fits together technically, but also socially.
Any advice for people wanting to help out MOTU?
Just do it! There is an initial curve when learning the basics, but it gets easier. You don’t need to be a programmer to help, there are great resources and people to assist. Join us on IRC and ask questions! The MOTU mentorship program also is there to help you – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Mentoring
Are you involved with any local Linux/Ubuntu groups?
I am involved with the Ubuntu-ZA loco (http://wiki.ubuntu-za.org/). On the 27th of June 2009 we will be running our PackagingJam (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Jams/Packaging) in Johannesburg!
What are you going to focus on in Karmic?
I am currently working on a way to assist in the syncing of security fixes from Debian to Ubuntu. Furthermore I would like to look at the process on how the merges and syncs are conducted and how this can be improved. I want to get Google Gears into the archive, as well as assist with sponsoring work from contributors.
What do you do in your other spare time?
I focus a fair amount on my real job and social life. I love reading, and learning new things (currently german and python mainly).