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Robert Ancell (robert_ancell)

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Age: Old enough
Location: Sydney, Australia
IRC Nick: robert_ancell

How long have you used Linux and what was your first distro?
Been using Linux since at least 2000, first distro was probably either RedHat 4 or 5.

How long have you been using Ubuntu?
I think since the start. Before that I was using Debian Unstable and I transitioned to Ubuntu around 2004.

When did you get involved with the MOTU team and how?
I’ve been proposing packages for uploading for the last five months and two days ago I was accepted as a MOTU.

What helped you learn packaging and how Ubuntu teams work?
I learned packaging by creating Debian packages for upstream projects I produced by following the Debian maintainers guide. I’m still working out how the Ubuntu teams work :)

What’s your favorite part of working with the MOTU?
Getting the latest stuff out there so people can use it!

Any advice for people wanting to help out MOTU?
Triage, reproduce and fix bugs!

Are you involved with any local Linux/Ubuntu groups?
No. I do go to the Sydney Python (http://www.sypy.org) group meetings from time to time however.

What are you going to focus on in Karmic and Lucid?
I’ve been spending most of my time working on general bug fixing for Karmic. I plan to spend some time working on the GDM login screen and user management for Lucid.

What do you do in your other spare time?
I’m about to do a 90km bike ride in a few weeks – I’ve been training for the last month or so after not having done any serious biking for some years.

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