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August 8th, 2007, 05:53 PM
I dont know about you but i dont know very much about the other team members, (probably because Gaim doesnt like IRC when i use it, odd).

So lets introduce ourselves.

I am bobbo, im 14, i live in Edinburgh, Scotland and use Ubuntu 7.10. Im totally new to the LoCo team but i have been on here for a bit. Also been lurking in the Ubuntu-UK mailing list for about a month.

August 8th, 2007, 07:10 PM
James Grabham, Live in Durham, been using ubuntu off and on (and more recently on constantly :]) for over a year now.

August 8th, 2007, 08:10 PM
Lawrence (Lozz) Sears. I've been using Ubuntu for somewhere around two months, live in Oxfordshire & have been on the UK mailing list for a few weeks.

August 8th, 2007, 08:13 PM
My name's Chris, I'm from East Yorkshire and I'm an Ubuntuholic...

I'm in my late twenties, partnered (that's what you say when you never bothered to get married 'officially'), have one small child and work in the IT sector.

I'm interested in marketing Ubuntu and helping people fix stuff wherever I can.

I've been involved with Ubuntu-UK for a few months now and hope to continue much longer.

August 8th, 2007, 08:18 PM
I'm in Swindon, started using Ubuntu in February, and made the switch completely in April - my teenagers use XP occasionally for games, but otherwise they've switched too. I've been on the mailing list and IRC for a few months, mostly lurking.

My favourite IT word is "free". :)

August 9th, 2007, 05:25 AM

I'm Paladine (despite my forum nick) and I hang out in the UK irc channel on freenode. You may have seen my blog on planet but I am not on the mailing list. Started using unix in 1992, started using Linux in 1997, been using Ubuntu for about 18 months and currently I run Gutsy Gibbons.

I also run Linux on my iPAQ which is set up as a webserver (see sig) and I am currently running a letter campaign against the BBC's decision to restrict their iPlayer service to Microsoft Windows XP.

I am 33, have a 20 month old son and a partner called Heather, about to enter the 3rd year of my Information Systems and Applied Sociology degree with the plan of hopefully starting a PhD towards the end of next year.

Have worked in IT all my adult life and started out programming when I was 17, moved into systems testing the benefit system in 1992 for the DHSS. I have worked in ISPs as well as teaching, support and consulting. Nowadays my efforts are more political in nature and for my PhD I am hoping to research the relationship between technology and society.

Nice to meet you all.


August 10th, 2007, 11:22 AM
Hi all!

I`m Bob Mitchell, 30, from Perth, Scotland.
Only just got married to a beautiful American lady, who now stays with me here in the UK.
I work for Scottish and Southern Energy, been here 9 years now - currently part of the SCADA support team (google SCADA for boredom).

Been using Ubuntu alongisde XP on the desktop since it's first release, but been using unix/linux professionally and educationally for almost 14 years now.

Ok, that should be enough for the identity thieves to get started... :)


August 10th, 2007, 05:02 PM
"Pricey", Apart from York LUG, I crewed LRL 2007 and met quite a few ubuntu-uk people including Mr LoudMouthMan (Nik Butler) Mez popey (who i'd already seen in sevilla) and Daviey to name but a few. Really need to attend some more events :)
probably because Gaim doesnt like IRC when i use it, odd.pfft...
sudo apt-get install xchator... if you're feeling really hardcore:
sudo apt-get install irssi

August 10th, 2007, 06:56 PM
Wow! IRC is addictive :D XChat is much better than mIRC

August 10th, 2007, 09:44 PM
I'm saying hi, I'm British and I hope to come back at some point in the future (maybe in a few years) I'm currently in boston/usa running the MA LoCo group. Programmer from Widnes, Cheshire and used to work in London for a bit.

Any British LoCo culture you guys can advise me on and I'll make sure it spreads here :-P

August 10th, 2007, 10:39 PM
I'm saying hi, I'm British and I hope to come back at some point in the future (maybe in a few years) I'm currently in boston/usa running the MA LoCo group. Programmer from Widnes, Cheshire and used to work in London for a bit.

Any British LoCo culture you guys can advise me on and I'll make sure it spreads here :-P

Hi there!

Hop on over into #ubuntu-uk on IRC if you like. There's usually someone about to remind you of the green, green grass of home ;-)

August 14th, 2007, 07:41 PM
Hi all,

Josh/jerichokb/etc, currently reading English Lit at uni in London (except I'm home in east anglia at the moment). Been using ubuntu since I got distracted from revision in march, and have only kept xp on my laptop for a few games. On the mailing list (iPod management was me...), sometimes on IRC, here as well.

August 15th, 2007, 01:25 PM
Well those who were at LUGRadio Live know me - Pete, the one with no hair and the dodgy line in t-shirts :) Also on the irc channel as 'milesteg' and online most evenings. I work as a civil servant looking after the Digital Challenge Competition for the Department for Communities and Local Government. Just wish there was more linux in my life in the work environment - Windows XP and Novell Groupwise *ugh* As opposed to Gnome and Compiz-fusion on my 22" ws Asus monitor at home :)

August 15th, 2007, 04:35 PM
Hello... I'm British, I work as a Trainee Web Designer / Developer / User Support / Techy-grunt, in an Ubuntu/Linux/Web shop. We run an SME's computer system, as well as design/developing/hosting plone based websites... (SME is running LTSP on Dapper. Currently working on moving them to Feisty.)

In my spare time, and when I can drag myself away from all the other things I do (Run a Play-By-Web StarTrek RPG, help beta-test Simm Management System, read books, keep a blog up-to-date, 360 gaming, etc)

I help try to find/make content for http://linux.co.uk (Not easy. Any tips/helpers?), as well as doing a little bit of bug triage in launchpad when I get round to it. (I think someone needs to go through the "confirmed but not status'ed" bugs a bit more... although the new statuses have confused me a bit, haven't done much since they came in. I'll re-read the wiki sometime...)

August 15th, 2007, 09:48 PM
Hi 26 year old male here.
Been using Ubuntu for a about a month now, planning on using it as a base for my music sever in my house in the UK.
Currently have 2 computers, one using Fiesty fawn and one with Gibbon T4

AMD 3600+ 3 gig memory and loads of IDE drives. (waiting for me to put a 4200x2 chip in)

Compaq Presario with Pentum 4 3ghz chip 1gig ram (Running XP Media center and Ubuntu Gibbon T4)

The Compaq is my day to day comp I use here in France mostly for surfing the net and Music playing. I would bin XP totally but at the mo need it for Torrents - nothing comes close to Utorrent and because I really no idea how to use the command line yet...

September 7th, 2007, 02:51 PM
I am a ex-pat Scot, living on the edge of Brum (Tamworth). Been using linux / unix (Solaris) since about 1990, I support Solaris servers and systems that run embedded linux.

Started with Suse, got feed up with it about version 9, moved to Redhat fedora for awhile, got feed up with it when my employer gave me a new laptop last year and installed Ubuntu.

Now use Ubuntu when ever possible. My wife is feed up with all the computers at home, server runs Fedora core 5, but will be changed to Ubuntu soon, kids desktop and another laptop dual boot XP and Ubuntu.

Only one I cannot get using linux is my wife, unfortunately proprietary accountancy software is a pain to get working on linux.


September 7th, 2007, 09:02 PM
I would bin XP totally but at the mo need it for Torrents - nothing comes close to Utorrent and because I really no idea how to use the command line yet...

Hey there, you can actually get uTorrent working under Ubuntu using Wine.

There's a tutorial here (http://news.softpedia.com/news/uTorrent-under-Ubuntu-in-3-Easy-Steps-49037.shtml)

Also, ktorrent is pretty good and native to Ubuntu (well Kubuntu really but you know what I mean..)

September 8th, 2007, 02:50 PM

I'm retired and am 76 years old. So, as I didn't touch a computer (first one was an Atari 520) until after I had retired, I'm a permanent "semi-advanced newbie".

Was a sound engineer working in television.

Am a Wulfrunian by birth (and proud of it!), living now in mid Cheshire.



September 17th, 2007, 10:18 AM
Hi, I'm Adam and I'm an Ubuntuholic. I'm based in East Sussex, near Hastings, or in Canterbury depending whether I'm at uni. I've been using Ubuntu since Breezy, but I've been inactive in the community recently due to other commitments. I expect I'll get more involved again now that I'm about to start back at Uni. I'm quite often on IRC if you need to get in touch.

September 30th, 2007, 12:29 PM
I'm Daniel, I've always liked technology and ubuntu / debian have proved to be great. Still involved in computer support and some repairs.
I'm also a
2381 AND 2391 QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN which I now do as there are more cups of tea and less mess.

Lastly I'm expecting a baby with my girlfriend sometime end of November,we haven't found out if a boy or girl.:popcorn:

Her Ghost
October 1st, 2007, 02:15 PM
Hi, I'm Leigh, 26 from Manchester.

I work for an oil company as an analyst and play with computers and flamenco guitars in my spare time.

I'm currently dual-booting XP and Kubuntu 7.04 (64bit) but will be changing that to the 32bit version soon because it's oh so cold out here in the 64bit wilderness :)

Oh, and I'm not a girl. (Everyone gets that wrong from the spelling of my name)

Nice to meet you all.

October 5th, 2007, 01:48 PM
I'm Jonathan, 22 from Manchester, regular at ManLug (http://www.manlug.org) and LugRadioLive (http://www.lugradio.org/live).

Using Feisty at the moment but switching to Gutsy as soon as possible!

I also have a web server which runs Dapper LTS, Apache/MySQL which I am very happy with, and a blog (http://www.jonathandavis.me.uk).


October 9th, 2007, 06:00 PM
I'm Simon, 32, living in Portsmouth (Originally from Kent). In my day job, I work as an Application Support Manager for a Government Department, but my real passion is working as a Semi Pro Artist (Painter) - My website is in my closing info.

I dual boot Ubuntu 7.04 (Primary) and XP (for games only) on my Laptop. I've been an Ubuntu convert since May 2007.

Good to meet you all.

Phil Airtime
October 11th, 2007, 05:42 PM
I'm Jonathan, 22 from Manchester, regular at ManLug (http://www.manlug.org) and LugRadioLive (http://www.lugradio.org/live).

Using Feisty at the moment but switching to Gutsy as soon as possible!

I also have a web server which runs Dapper LTS, Apache/MySQL which I am very happy with.


There's a Manchester LUG? Might pop in one day if I'm back in town. 21, out in the wilderness of Stoke at present for various reasons.

Question, though. The ManLug website says you're in the Kilburn Building. Isn't that the maths tower that got the chop a couple of years ago?

October 11th, 2007, 06:10 PM
Question, though. The ManLug website says you're in the Kilburn Building. Isn't that the maths tower that got the chop a couple of years ago?

Nope, it's the computer science building:


October 15th, 2007, 02:24 PM
Hi I am new to Ubuntu but have been using Linux for a while now... still having some Samba woes however... (!)

October 15th, 2007, 02:29 PM
Hi,I'm Easwar.undergrad Electronix and Telecommunications Engg student at Bombay Univ.In my spare time,I fiddle with Linux,artwork and a little music and deep theories.

Fairly regular poster on the Indian GNU/Linux Users Group Bombay(ILUG-Bom) mailing list.Attended my first barcamp recently.......

October 16th, 2007, 01:49 PM
Hiya, I'm Vicky 24 from Worthing, W Sussex and work as a web developer for the local borough council, have been using Linux on and off since 2003/4 but been using Ubuntu full time since July and happily have no need to have Windows on my laptop and computers at all.

I write a blog which often contains Linux matters but I also have lots of other interests besides computers too :) Thanks!

Tom Mann
October 16th, 2007, 02:22 PM
Hey, I'm Tom, 26 and work as a support developer in C# (Boo Hiss) and SQL, but at home set up a dual boot Kubuntu/Ubuntu studio for my recording studio. I've stalked the Ubuntu forums for a while now but now I'm figuring out Ubuntu will be posting more to help people.

October 16th, 2007, 02:30 PM
Hi I am ukripper from London, age 26 Database and Financial application developer, working for Stockbrokers in London.

Using linux since 99 and have ubuntu on my home network running Samba domain authentication, also developing apps under linux and porting it onto MS XP MSSQL server.

October 23rd, 2007, 12:46 PM
Hi everyone!

My name's Keith, I'm 24, and I'm from Cardiff.

I've been using Linux on and off for about 4 years now, but I only recently made the switch to Linux full time.

October 28th, 2007, 03:40 PM

Martin1 here. I've been using Ubuntu for well over a year now. I was introduced to Dapper Drake by DoctorMO since then I have upgraded progressively through Edgy and Feisty to Gutsy.

I am a driving instructor near Redhill in Surrey and I met DoctorMO when I started teaching him to drive. Then he started teaching me about operating systems when I complained to him about windows.

October 28th, 2007, 03:51 PM
Hi everyone. I'm 45, been using Linux now for about 4 years, and Ubuntu since Hoary. Married with kids, living in the West Midlands, and work as a self-employed IT Technician (mainly fixing windows PCs)

October 28th, 2007, 04:01 PM
Im only 14, and I started using Linux well, like 2 years ago, but moved back to windows since I was too stupid :p I then switched to Kubuntu when Feisty came out, then switched to Ubuntu in September, and I'm loving it :D Living in United Arab Emirates at the moment and I'm a student :(

October 31st, 2007, 08:15 PM
Hi, I'm Simon, 33, Semi Pro Artist (website below) with a day job as a Application Support Manager for a Government Department.

Been using Ubuntu since May this year.

November 7th, 2007, 12:56 PM
hey my name is Loucas and i am from Cyprus.I am using linux for 2 years now.I found uuntu very attractive and easy to use .Best wishes

November 7th, 2007, 04:18 PM
Hi there, I'm Paul, 25, and a Web Developer from Nottingham. Used Ubuntu for a while through 2006, then switched back to XP for work reasons, but now happily Gutsy'ed up to the eyeballs.

I'm into photography/cinematography/music production/graphic design so Ubuntu hits every nail on the head for me (although I still use Photoshop through WinE...:))

December 1st, 2007, 11:35 PM
I've been playing around with Linux since RedHat 8 (I think I gave my "for Dummies" book to my dad) and Ubuntu since Hoary as it was the only flavour that just worked for me.

When I'm not fiddling with my computer I'm a student nurse in London, trying to survive in this stifling metropolis!

December 3rd, 2007, 05:49 PM
When I'm not fiddling with my computer I'm a student nurse in London, trying to survive in this stifling metropolis!

Especially bloody tube journey day in day out! Working in the city is hard when it comes down to London Transport. Stuffed up during rush hours

December 3rd, 2007, 09:20 PM
This is one of the benefits of shift work ;)

I'm either traveling when no-one else is, or I'm traveling in the opposite direction from everyone else :P

December 4th, 2007, 01:01 PM
This is one of the benefits of shift work ;)

I'm either traveling when no-one else is, or I'm traveling in the opposite direction from everyone else :P

Lucky you mate. My journey is somewhat crap as i have to go Gym in the morning and then straight to work by the time i get home i had to take another shower as London tubes are renowned for their Aircons.

December 4th, 2007, 01:09 PM
Jim Straker / Jimbo / Greybear, newly retired and a full time student again.
Out and Proud for over 30 years, partnered and pretty happy with life.

Recently moved over to Ubuntu from an old version of Suse.
Dual booting with Win2k as I need it for certain Open University software that won't work under Wine.

Hi jkblacker - where do you find the Old English symbols for your sigfile? I'm a fan of Dream of the Rood as well.

December 10th, 2007, 01:34 AM
Joe (funnily enough)

18, Leicester...been using Ubuntu for around 9 months now, lurking on the forums for 4 or 5 of those.

That's about it :)

January 16th, 2008, 12:18 PM
Hi all,
Pete 54, CNC machine setter down in, er, looks out of window, rusty Exeter. Originally from the SE.
I've just started using Ubuntu7.1, ordered the disk because it's a little cheaper than buying XP (again, I seem to loose system disks regularly).
But apart from the freeness, :cool: I thought I'd see if Linux would sort out my web connection hijack woes. And of course it did!! :)
I'm hoping that I'll be able to simply 'use' Ubuntu for my surfing, emailing, storing a few pics and tunes, and selling off my bits and bobs on ebay.

I know a bit about cars and bikes, and quite a lot about animals, and if I don't know it, then Google or Wiki will help. ;)

Cats, cars, bikes, RC cars, Scalextric, kites, windsurfing, etc etc. Hmm, I'll keep me cats but sell the toys! :mrgreen:

January 16th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Lucky you mate. My journey is somewhat crap as i have to go Gym in the morning and then straight to work by the time i get home i had to take another shower as London tubes are renowned for their Aircons.

Atleast you got Aircons,we don't have even that here in Bombay.You need a litre of water after you get out during peak hours in the evening.

January 16th, 2008, 08:44 PM
Evening all.

Steve, 46, from Folkestone. Newb UBU'er.

Have to say, after over 30 years of "playing" with pooters, (yes, I had a Sinclair ZX80 with 1Kb RAM), how impressed I am with Gutsy. Had a go at Slackware about 12 - 13 years ago, and even to a die hard "DOSser", it was way over my head.

How times have changed!

Anyway, I hope I can be of help to people on here in some way, even though I have a lot to learn about Linux myself.

All the best, and hope to chat soon.

January 17th, 2008, 12:36 AM
Hey Steve, you aint all that old! ;)
How's Folkestone? I grew up there and didn't leave till the late eighties. I went to Park Farm school, learned to drive and got my first endorsement when a copper stopped me on Wear Bay Road driving my mums car alone on L plates! :oops:

Come to think of it, I have a ZX81 up in the loft somewhere, and an Acorn and VIC20


January 19th, 2008, 06:53 PM
hi all :)

I have been using ubuntu since Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS,

Just wanted to say that Ubuntu works fine, on my Latitude Laptop, Great work team and supporters.


January 22nd, 2008, 08:00 PM
Hi everyone

Roger, 57, from Huddersfield in Yorkshire. We (my wife and I) have been using Linux only (no Windows) for over five years. Started with SuSe and have since used virtually every other distro. We've been Ubuntu users for about a year and it's unlikely we'll change. Though I do like Debian and Slackware.
I switched to Kubuntu a couple of months ago. I prefer KDE's (almost) endless configurability (is that a real word?).
How Linux has changed in the few years since we started using it! Ubuntu has been at the forefront and the main driving force of that change/improvement.
Whenever I see or have to use Windows I can't believe how old fashioned and clunky it is.
I'll be checking back regularly. Hope I can help and be helped.

January 23rd, 2008, 12:45 AM
Hi Steve here I am noob to linux, well installed and briefly used but to no great success!!

Want to ditch Windows Shista and eventually solely use linux what's given me grief is wireless networking set up!!I have the dreaded Broadcom wireless adapters, I hope this will be my breakthrough distro!!

I use HP Compaq nx 7300 laptop and I am hoping that it'll set up fine the version I'm downloading (ubuntu 7.10). If I'm gonna struggle with the wireless adapter I'm willing to persevere with help to set it up once and for all.I use wpa-psk 2 encyrption to connect if that helps!!

Many thanks to you all if you can help me, I consider myself above average to fairly advanced with windows and hope to achieve this with linux and then help others to switch too.


February 1st, 2008, 03:20 PM
Hi People,

Just joined and am located in Salisbury..
Have used Mandriva and SuSe in the past but have now been enlightened :)

February 7th, 2008, 09:21 AM
Hi, I'm Ed, 17 from East Yorkshire.

I have been using Ubuntu since December, switched my old PC from Win98. Really enjoying using Ubuntu!

February 13th, 2008, 10:35 AM
Atleast you got Aircons,we don't have even that here in Bombay.You need a litre of water after you get out during peak hours in the evening.

Heh heh... he was being sarcastic.
There is (almost) no aircon in London Underground. In a hot summer, you have to take water with you...

February 13th, 2008, 09:25 PM
Evening people, I am Matt, and I am a student living in the middle of nowhere in rural Herefordshire. I have been using Ubuntu since 5.04, as a complete newb. I thought Synaptic was something to do with the trackpad on my laptop :oops: The first distro I ever used was Xandros 2 from the Linux user and developer cover disk. I found the original Magazine the other day, and now its funny to look back and know who the people writing in it actually are!

I now use ubuntu on all my machines, including the lovely EEE. I am still fairly new to it, but am getting better all the time.

February 25th, 2008, 08:08 PM
Hi all. Im George from near Leeds
Head of IT for wholesale company
Long term geek :D

February 25th, 2008, 08:12 PM

March 5th, 2008, 02:00 AM
Hello, I'm Simon and I'm from Nottingham. I'm doing a computer hardware course in my spare time. I got bored the other day and wondered what would happen if I plugged in an old HDD and ended up installing Ubuntu onto it. Might well be the best decision I ever made...albeit quite randomly!

March 5th, 2008, 11:28 AM
Hi been a linux fan for a few year's now but could never get to grips with it at first. Starting to get used to it now and started with opensuse now using ubuntu.I find it the easiest os to use though the forum help not been forcoming so far (I'm either asking daft questions or undermanned). I'm a windows power user but a frustrating linux noob, once upto speed I'd like to advise on here myself!.

Finally not Gate's puppet anymore! :lolflag::guitar:

March 9th, 2008, 04:52 PM
HI I'm Gerry living in Copthorne, West Sussex and probably the oldest Ubuntu user in this forum (60). Worked as a chef got fed up with long hours and no pay so started in IT before Windows was invented. Anyone remember Gem, I still say Gates stole the idea from Gem. http://ubuntuforums.org/images/smilies/smiley-faces-75.gif

No Children, 1 long suffering wife and 2 dogs. Use XP at work but Ubuntu 7.10 at home,

March 11th, 2008, 12:24 PM
Hey greyghost
Well I'm 55 in August, so I'm just a sprog compared to you, you teenager! ;)

March 21st, 2008, 01:59 PM
I'm in Cambridge, been using Ubuntu for about 3 or 4 weeks. Been wanting to use it for ages, but couldn't get my wifi card working, fixed that problem, and now I'm hooked :lolflag:

April 13th, 2008, 11:13 PM
Installed Ubuntu through WUBI yesterday and LOVING it!

April 15th, 2008, 09:14 PM

April 18th, 2008, 11:20 PM
Hi folks. Just thought I'd introduce myself too. 43 years old and living in Stockport.

Been using Ubuntu for about 3 years now (along with Debian on a couple of NSLU2 servers), and Windows free for most of that.

Amazingly (to me at least), I've just discovered this section of the forums!


April 24th, 2008, 08:51 AM
Hi I'm Ken I live in Irvine in Scotland, and have been using Linux on and off now for 6 years.

Have been using computers since the very early days and can even remember my very first computer many moons ago, so that should give u an idea how old I am,

Finally took the plunge with Mepis 14 months ago, but being me decided to have another go with Ubuntu and so far am very impressed, at the moment I am running hardy heron, I also dual boot with xp as i need Pinnacle for video editing and winavi for conversion work.


April 24th, 2008, 09:03 AM
My name is Phil, I am 52 years old and live by myself in a new home in the Phoenix area with my three cats.

I have five desktop machines up and running in my house, two are Windows and three are Linux.

I started with Feisty Fawn, upgraded to Gutsy Gibbon when it first came out, and I'm looking forward to Hardy Heron. :)

The Windows 2000 machine is the Internet gateway, the XP machine is the file server, and the Linux machines are where I do all my work

Ubuntu 7.10
Fedora 8
Mint 4 (soon to be Hardy Heron)

May 2nd, 2008, 01:31 PM
My name is Nathan and I was introduced to Ubuntu by my cousin in Jan or Feb 2007. I ran Ubuntu/Kubuntu for a month and then switched to pure Debian for a few months. I basically set it up near identical to Ubuntu, but eventually decided that Ubuntu had those extra benifits for a desktop user. I appreciate the fact that the Ubuntu devs set this thing up how I want it to be, so that's why I'm sticking with Ubuntu. I can't see it going downhill, both Debian and Ubuntu will remain strong in my opinion.

May 5th, 2008, 03:54 PM
Tampa, FL. Used Red Hat and Caldera back in '95- `99. I have played with Ubuntu since Feisty Fawn.I believe Linux will take over Desktop within next 10-15 years and it will only take that long because peeps are so addicted to M$. I have become increasingly interested in Zope/Plone which is a tool for content management/ web site developement.

I am working on replacing my Photoshop with Gimp. I like photography alot.

I am mostly AIX / Oracle DBA in Health care Industry


June 10th, 2008, 06:45 AM
Logging in from Canada I am a Ubuntu/8 user , who also has a great little eeepc running Zandros in full desktop mode you have to get one . At work I am forced to use other OS`s but given my choice Linux is my OS no matter what flavor . I just thought I would poke around the UK link just looking for something new .

The Cosmic Hobo
June 10th, 2008, 11:38 PM
I'd seen the LoCo forum but had no idea what it was. Lucky for me I went poking around, eh?

I'm northern, just the right side of 30, graduating in a month and soon to move to London for a career. Tried Ubuntu a few years back and rather enjoyed it, though couldn't stay with it full-time due to some mandatory Windows-only stuff for my course - and now I'm back in the fold, after a couple of years away, building a new desktop. A lot's changed since I last built one, so I have a lot of learning to do.

Nice to see a dedicated group of "locals" around here. I'm hoping to join a LUG after I move - there is one here but they don't meet. Bit of a noob, I'm afraid, so use small words if you're being technical ;)

July 2nd, 2008, 03:46 PM
Hello Thar!
I'm Lizzeh (or Liz) and have used Ubuntu off and on for the past 3-4 years. I'm back to using it again after moving to Reading, England from New York! It was a big move, and now that I'm settled I can start working on projects again. I'm looking to get a cheap-ish machine to run it on as a hobby. I primarily have used Windows PCs (at work) and my Macbook Pro at home. I'm a huge geek and love to learn new things! I'm trying to get more involved in a community of linux users, and figured here would be a good start! :KS

July 2nd, 2008, 10:10 PM
hi i'm Paul and i'm your worst nightmare :guitar: :lolflag:

July 6th, 2008, 02:38 PM
Hi, I'm Ruairidh. I live in Edinburgh and love linux :D

July 11th, 2008, 03:16 PM
My name is Ben Hayes and I live in Peterborough, England. I've been on the forums for a while now but not very active. I've recently created my LaunchPad account and looking into start some coding (more than likely Python, Perl or C).

So, what is the purpose of the Ubuntu LoCo Team anyway?


July 11th, 2008, 09:59 PM
Hey !

I'm Abdess. I've been using Ubuntu for somewhere around 1 year & live in France. :)

July 12th, 2008, 08:17 PM
So, what is the purpose of the Ubuntu LoCo Team anyway?

To provide more localised support, to produce localised versions and translations, to organise local events, and so on.

Check out the UK home page http://ubuntu-uk.org/

July 15th, 2008, 02:33 AM
good morning,

I'm Mark as the name would suggest - been using Ubuntu for a few years now, currently using 7.04 on my desktop and 7.10 on my laptop

I idle in the irc chan from time to time, and should really get myself on the mailing list!


April 16th, 2009, 09:50 PM
hey community

I'm David and I have a computer habit !!

fundamentally a Mac addict , but love and push alsorts of Linux distros...

likes= ice cream
dislikes = the Microsoft computer tax

living around the Wales area of Great Britain,

pleased to meet you all and hope your all having a chill life experience :D

April 26th, 2009, 01:54 AM
Having nightmares with jaunty now...

been here since Harty...

April 26th, 2009, 12:57 PM
Hi you all,I'm Stanca,39 years old,married,from Bucharest,Romania.
I found out Linux one year ago and since may last year I'm using various Ubuntu based off distros:Kubuntu 8.04 i686,Ubuntu Ultimate Edition 1.8,1.9,2.0,Christmas Edition,2.1,OpenGeu 8.04.1,:popcorn::lolflag:all of them Amd64,and now I'm using the newest Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Amd64/Elive E17 Compiz.

April 27th, 2009, 03:16 AM
Hi all,

I'm 24 from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Only quite part of the UK when we feel like it but I thought I'd pretend to be on this occasion ;).

Been an Ubuntu fiddler since Hardy days, but finally converted full-time on the desktop in the very eve of Intrepid's days.

I'm currently running Jaunty amd64 on my desktop and loving it!

Sadly I know of no nearby communities so forums could be handy!

April 28th, 2009, 11:48 AM
Hi, my name is Steve, I'm 49 years young, and I use Ubuntu 8.10 when I eventually get it working.

Yup, I a total noob when it comes to Linux, but I hate Windoze with a passion, and don't see why one man should get rich because ppl are like sheep!!

I live in Australia, and since there is no aussie site, I chose to return to my roots in the UK. I was born in Queensbuty in West Yorkshire, and left there at age 8 'for a better life' or so my folks told me.

Anyhow, here I am, hopefully I won't pester you too much, but any help certainly would be valued

April 28th, 2009, 05:02 PM
Hey guys, my name is Bod, I'm a 17 year old computer enthusiast with a passion for programming. I don't like gnome or kde due to the so called 'user-friendliness' of them, instead I use fluxbox.

Anywhoo, HI!!

May 1st, 2009, 12:29 AM
Hi, my name is Steve, I'm 49 years young, and I use Ubuntu 8.10 when I eventually get it working.

Yup, I a total noob when it comes to Linux, but I hate Windoze with a passion, and don't see why one man should get rich because ppl are like sheep!!

I live in Australia, and since there is no aussie site, I chose to return to my roots in the UK. I was born in Queensbuty in West Yorkshire, and left there at age 8 'for a better life' or so my folks told me.

Anyhow, here I am, hopefully I won't pester you too much, but any help certainly would be valued

oh , steebling , what probs you having with 8,10 , if its a down load to cd/dvd installation , you know gotta burn that to a ISO bootable copy , not a data copy disc

May 1st, 2009, 12:37 AM
James, live in Worcester, working for a UK ISP "which one i wont tell although its not hard to guess." Ubuntu user on and off for about a year now, before then open suse and red hat. prefer Ubuntu for its ease of use.

hoping to find out a lot more about computers in general and broaden my horizons on IT.

May 2nd, 2009, 02:42 PM
Ian from Northfleet in Kent.

Now redundant, setting up my own IT consultancy business (see link in sig).

Anyone near me?

May 9th, 2009, 04:25 PM
Hi Guys,

Im Jordan, Im 15. I have been using Ubuntu for 2-3Years. I have joined the IRC Group, the mailing list and now the forum!

I also took delivery of my new ubuntu hoody and Jaunty jackalope release today! Wheyy!

May 28th, 2009, 11:43 AM

Most people know me as Silver Fox. I live about half way between Leicester and Coventry. I have been using Ubuntu for a while now and really enjoying it. I have been working as a professional web developer and database administrator. I hope to get to know people better and maybe even attend some LUG's.

-Silver Fox

May 28th, 2009, 02:33 PM
Hi all,

My name is Paul, I'm 23 years old, I live in the North West (near Warrington, if anyone knows it :)) and I work in IT on the support side (Woe! Woe! :()

I've only just started using Ubuntu so I'm currently ploughing through beginner guides trying to pick up as much as I can. I'm loving it so far but it makes Windows look like child's play! I certainly have a long way to go... but I'm willing to keep learning :)

Anyway, cya around the boards!

June 23rd, 2009, 12:25 PM

I'm Adrian, 41, from Horsham.

Dual booting XP and Jaunty (64 bit). I only put Ubuntu on my PC 3 weeks ago although I have been using various Linux distributions (mostly Red Hat) at work for a few years. I intend to migrate fully to Jaunty over the summer (there are some hardware issues to sort first). I have finally got it all working how I want so I'm going to start fiddling around and breaking it and altering a few things

June 28th, 2009, 01:27 PM
Hello :)

I'm Duncan, 20 and from Scotland. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering but have a large interest in all things computing as well as mechanical.
Have been using Linux in some form or other for around 4-5 years now, mainly using Debian and Ubuntu but dabbling in other distros such as Fedora, CentOS and Gentoo. Been lurking around for a while but have decided to actually try and put some effort into things to try and help out where I can on the forums and on the various wikis! Hopefully see you guys around :)

August 27th, 2009, 09:23 PM
Mm! I like Xchat - last time I used MIRC was when I was on Windows some years ago... I'm totally Ubuntu mad - goes with my age I guess and being of Scottish (and Welsh) descent (Snap) Duh!:guitar: er.. Bobo how do you get to be an Ubuntu Member - Ive got an account with Launchpad but even I'm not classed as a 'member'?

August 27th, 2009, 09:38 PM
I intro'd myself elsewhere but its not complete. On here i'm terabyte1 but my real name is Hugo. I live in Ashington, Northummberland and have a married Daughter who lives in Alloa, clackmannanshire (say that when your drunk) and an eighteen year old son at home. Been with Ubuntu since 6.06 and have used Fedora, SUSE from 6.1, Unix when it was put out by California's Berkeley University and seized on by my then firm Siemens (when I was working on a Gemini (NASA) contract making various relays and switch-gear and testing them with Unix fragments. Um! I think that's enough stuff for you lot to get your teeth into - i guess I'm old but my mind hasn't aged yet - honest!:P See yer around - oh and I cycle a lot on a bike :)

August 28th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Bobo how do you get to be an Ubuntu Member - Ive got an account with Launchpad but even I'm not classed as a 'member'?

Here's the page on membership:

Membership in the Ubuntu community recognises participants for a variety of contributions, from code to artwork, advocacy, translations and organisational skills. If you are active in the Forums, or submitting icons or sounds or artwork, then you are eligible for Membership, which gives you a say in the governance of the project.

Hope that helps!

August 28th, 2009, 07:48 PM
Hey I am Brice. Ubuntu fan for about 1 year off and on. Trying to make the switch for good but I love my EQII, which I have not been able to get working with enough performance to make it worth while. I live in North Carolina around the Tobacco fields with my wife and 15 month old baby girl.

I have tried several different distros of Linux, but I seem to like Ubuntu/Kubuntu best.

Nice to meet you all!

August 29th, 2009, 05:01 PM
Well Freesitebuilder/Diane I best get my finger out and do something besides giving out Ubuntu disks and helping people load up their new system. Not sure how I can help yet - perhaps a graphic or learn to use python since that is used a lot in Ubuntu.:)

August 29th, 2009, 05:08 PM
I know this is a bit late, but I just read DoctorMo's last remark regarding 42. According to Douglas Adams (I think), 42 is featured in the Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy and refers to God as God is 42 (or two white mice).

However DON'T PANIC! It'll all become clear soon - even though the Vorgons did what they did to Earthlings:confused:! I just noticed this is my 57th post or 57 beans - does that mean i've got to eat Heinz beans? Hold your noses if you do!!!

November 20th, 2009, 04:28 PM
Hi my name's Paul and I've recently installed Kubuntu onto my new salvage build. I've always liked Linux, and had a Debian installation for years, but only now that I've installed Kubuntu I have a Linux installation that is almost fully functional in every aspect.

(I've never managed to get Linux completely working on my computers. Mostly due to laziness on my part)

I haven't taken the plunge and installed 9.10 yet. But looking for contributing (in some way) to Ubuntu's growth.

December 18th, 2009, 03:31 PM
Hey, I'm webpigeon. I'm usually on IRC but i thought I'd try to get more involved in the forums.

The Toxic Mite
December 19th, 2009, 09:32 PM
Hello! My name is Calvin Smith, a.k.a. The Toxic Mite.

I frequently hang around on the #ubuntu-uk IRC channel :P


December 23rd, 2009, 03:08 PM
My name is Mark, I'm 71 years old and from Stratford-on-Avon. Recently the logic board on my G5 PowerMAC died and it was cheaper to buy an MiniMAC than to repair the G5, so that was what I did. The MiniMAC is Intel based (whatever that means) and I am having a few problems.

1) Because I was unable to discover how to control the weird box that surrounds random portions of messages when I am editing replies to emails, I abandoned Mail and am now using Thunderbird. HOWEVER, I'm stuck when it comes to importing Address Book to Thunderbird. I get so far, and then the necessary files are greyed out. Please can someone tell me how to overcome this prob.

2) As I am a photographer I need to be able to control my printer (an Epson Photo 1290). Epson have been of some help, but I still am unable to adjust colour balance or quality. Can anyone offer helpful (and polite) suggestions, please?

With thanks

January 4th, 2010, 07:28 PM
James Grabham, Live in Durham, been using ubuntu off and on (and more recently on constantly :]) for over a year now.

I also Live in Durham! Its quite Weird when you find a person on here from your hometown.

I am bobbo, im 14, i live in Edinburgh, Scotland

Guess what? Your in luck I have requested a Scottish LoCo Team So look out for one!

January 21st, 2010, 06:29 PM
Hi I'm Mikey

Been using ubuntu for about a year after finally loosing it with my vista machine and kicking it at work :D( Admin was not impressed )

Now wont use anything else and am slowly trying to convince other members of my team to switch over too


O yeah I'm From Essex :D

January 22nd, 2010, 04:57 PM
Hi I'm Mikey

Been using ubuntu for about a year after finally loosing it with my vista machine and kicking it at work :D( Admin was not impressed )

You didn't hurt your foot, I hope? :D

John Krow
February 14th, 2010, 06:32 PM
Hello forum! :) I'm 38, living in Birmingham UK. I was introduced to Linux, and Ubuntu as it happens, through the anarchist community in the UK where GNU/Linux seems to have achieved maximum penetration. Any social centre or anarchst house seem to be using it, I suppose for very obvious political and practical reasons.

I also have some impressive geek credentials having watched Dr Who fairly religiously since the age of three and participated in fandom since 1984. I was picked out at school as 'gifted at science' and thus got a chance to do my first programming (in BASIC) at the age of 12. Since then however I went more down a Humanities route academically so you should treat me as a newbie for all practical purposes! Having used MS windoze for a while I am pleased to have finally switched over to GNU/Linux for home use after XP died.

Enjoying using the latest Ubuntu so far, it's a culture shock to get back into using a Shell but i'm having fun and keen to learn.

If you want to look at my delicious i'm crow1000 there.

February 25th, 2010, 12:06 AM
I'm terabyte1 I've been on here a while and got a bit bogged down with loading the Xen Hypervisor on one of my machines. Anyway, I live in Northumberland, England (which is just below Edinburgh, Scotland) and live in a place called Ashington where Steve Harmison the Cricketer lives and Bobby and Jack Charlton (footballers) used to live. Oh, I'm um old like 68! - probably get the cold shoulder now...:lolflag: I've helped a couple of people in the Absolutely New area but not much else.

I've been using Ubuntu since I got 6.06 LTS with my Official Ubuntu Book by Benjamin Mako Hill, Jono Bacon, Corey Burger Jonathan Jesse and Ivan Krstic! Good book too!

February 25th, 2010, 09:35 PM
Hm - thanks to ev eryone who showed me the door to knock on ;) I notice that some1 here is called Ruairidh - Not seen Rory spelt like that for a long time - My Grandpa came from Edinburgh and he knew a thing or two about sheepses - went around all day saying "My sheepssesss..." oh well I thought it was funny, hey! another Nightwish fan all the way from the Arctic Circle - the Sammy peeps who sing! I'm sometimes seen on the net as linuxfanatik same guy - different handle.


March 7th, 2010, 10:36 AM
Currently in Didcot.. Work for Major IT Co. Been using Ubu since 8.04 now.. 'tis all I will have on My Laptop... Unfortunately have to support Mickeysoft in the office.. So do not get time to learn more about the inner workings of Linux. But would love to help with promoting it...

March 7th, 2010, 10:50 AM
Hi All,

This feels like an AA meeting :)

I'm Mark (kaivalagi) and I am 34 and live in Norwich, I've been using Linux on and off since 1997, totally converted 2004. More recently I switched from Ubuntu to Arch and am loving the rolling release model.

I am a developer by profession, working mainly in C#/VB.NET but also the occasional dip into Java here and there. I am the author of a fair few "conky" python scripts which provide for things a such as forecast, music, email, calendar etc

Links in my sig

March 7th, 2010, 10:54 AM
Hi All,

This feels like an AA meeting :)

Hi my name is Jase, and I'm an addict.. lol

March 12th, 2010, 06:53 PM
Hello I am Davy my location is the Athens of the north auld reekie (Edinburgh) My hair is starting to go grey due to my problem in my last post. I am new to UBUTU apart from one wee problem I would like to say I think UBUTU will do for me. If you have any virus problems on your windows I am the man to sort them out. Any way no more viruses now I am using UBUTU. All the best to you all.
Stay silkay.

March 15th, 2010, 12:41 PM
Hey all, my name is David. I'm 18 and I live in Northamptonshire.

I've been using computers since the age of 5 and been using Linux for around 2-3 years. (Not long, but it's amazing how much I've learned in such a short amount of time!)

I switch between distros a fair bit. Big fan of Kubuntu though. I love KDE.

I'm also a fan of lightweight WMs/DEs when the need is there.

March 26th, 2010, 02:22 AM
Hello all!
I am 15, live in Cambridge, love python + programming, use blender quite a bit, like commas, and use them, too much, am the lead (read: only) programmer for http://taylortype.sourceforge.net/, have a (very new) blog at http://louistaylor.wordpress.com/ , am supposed to be writing history coursework, due in for tomorrow and its 20 past one in the morning :(
Arrg, should not be writing this - no time!

March 31st, 2010, 01:04 PM
Hi! I'm another Dave (because there can never be too many), I'm 26 living in Bury in Greater Manchester. I've been using Linux since 1998 and it's been my primary OS since about 2003 when I went virtually Windows free (apart from a small XP install on a VM to talk to my stupid printer ask why it's blinking it's red light of death at me). I started with Ubuntu with 5.10 but previously I used Gentoo, Suse, Debian and an LFS install which taught me more than I wanted to know! I started learning Python nearly a year ago now and try to learn more whenever time allows. I also have an interest in XMPP technology aka Jabber.

October 11th, 2010, 04:38 PM
Hi all,

Just thought I'd say hi. I'm Paul, 33 from Warrington in Cheshire. Been in the IT world since I was 17 and currently work for a registered childrens charity in 3rd Line Server/Firewall support.

Always been a Windows user so only really touched on Linux about a year ago when I decided to try out various flavours, Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Ubuntu Studio/Linuxmint/Mandriva/OpenSuSe and found it very good but went back to Windows for the familiarity.

Recently my fairly new Windows 7 machine failed on me (the OS not the hardware) and despite having a Ghost image I decided to give Ubuntu 10.10 a go and see how I got on.

Its definately a learning curve, especially being so comfy in my "Windows Slippers" but I have to say it certainly is more to my liking from a geek perspective.

I am running Windows XP in a VM for a couple of things I need (Watchguard VPN into work etc) but hopefully I'm now Linux all the way, at home at least.

Hoping to show my face on here and get to know people.



October 11th, 2010, 06:22 PM
Richard is me, I'm in Sussex. Been using Ubuntu (derivatives too) for a couple of years or so.

October 17th, 2010, 06:45 PM
Evening All.
I've just realised that I've been bumbling along, asking questions, getting good help, but I haven't had the sense to introduce myself.

Now retired from making fans, I've turned to building a cnc machine(hopefully to build hammered dulcimers) which has finished up being run in Hardy Heron/EMC2 on its own system.

Realising that it was inevitable, I'm now in the process of migrating completely over to Ubuntu(Meerkat) from xp, and what an exiting process that is.:confused:
Can't believe I'm 72 next week, and still looking for a sensible career,
Regards to all,

October 18th, 2010, 06:19 PM
hi all i'm peter. i'm 19 and i've been using Ubuntu for just over a year and a half. I started using 9.04 when it first came out and loved it ever since.

October 25th, 2010, 01:14 AM
Hi Andres is the name.

Fairly new to linux and ubuntu. I have interest in knowing if there is anybody around the Richmond Upon Thames area that is in an active comunity. I'd like to stop speaking to myself.

I have also interest in CAD software especially if it has freedom attached to it. Currently trying out FreeCAD.

October 26th, 2010, 09:35 AM
Here's a page where you can find local Linux User Groups:

You can also join the Ubuntu-UK community at http://ubuntu-uk.org/ We "meet" on a mailing list, chat (IRC) and we have a section here in the forums at http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=274


January 6th, 2011, 11:15 PM
Hi, My name is Dale, Im from Suffolk and not a farmer :lolflag: . Im new to Linux but not computers. Im just glad that Ubuntu is getting more and more user friendly. I now have Linux running on most my systems with the majority without a windows install.

Hope to get to know you all.

March 24th, 2011, 10:47 PM
Hi, im Ian from Swindon.

Been using Ubuntu for a while now, been using Linux on + off for years (right back when u had to type 'init x' to even get into your desktop lol) + played with quite a few distros... yet somehow I still know sod all compared to a lot of people on here! lol

May 18th, 2011, 03:39 PM
Hello. I'm Josh, as you will be able to tell from my name.

Been a lifelong user of Windows XP SP3, until a few months ago when I installed Ubuntu. :)

Hope to get actively involved here :-D

July 1st, 2011, 02:16 AM
Hi everyone, I am Alex from Birmingham :) I have been using Ubuntu since October and I absolutely love it! I have already converted two Windows users so far :twisted:

PS: I also love the Ubuntu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy)) philosophy ;)

January 16th, 2012, 09:55 PM
I'm Bedpotato and I'm from the UK and I'm a girl, and that's all I am going to say!

that should be enough for the identity thieves to get started... :)



January 22nd, 2012, 06:21 AM
Hi, all!
I am living in Southampton, using Linux for a few years now and loving Ubuntu to bits. Struggling to get my son away from those windows... ](*,)

March 17th, 2012, 09:34 PM
Hello everybody!

No, not Doctor Nick, my name is Philip, I live in South Northamptonshire, at the moment I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and, as they say, loving it.

April 5th, 2012, 10:55 AM
Hello :)

Hugh from London (originally Ireland [also Stockport] though. Using 11.11, looking forward to 12.04 :)

April 30th, 2012, 07:26 PM
As i said, I am Lisa. I live in Newport/Cwmbran area of south wales. I just got a new lap :popcorn: and installed 12.04. So hellooooo! I'm here :lolflag:

Steven James
August 23rd, 2012, 02:52 AM
Hi folks,
My name is Steve, I live in Northwest Arkansas, USA.
Fairly new to computers, and brand new to Ubuntu. I salvaged an old machine and am in the process of installing Ubuntu 12.04. My main machine has X-P sp3. One of the reasons I am doing this is for the challenge.
Please be patient with me, I ask many questions, most would fit in the stoopid category.:p
Until later,

February 1st, 2013, 03:49 PM
I would like to introduce myself.
My name is Peter Maddison, I am fairly new to Ubuntu, I first started with Ubuntu 11.10 when a Schoolfirend, who'd moved to USA got me interested in Ubuntu after I was explaining how much I hated the new Windows 7 (I was an XP user). I tried it first on the DVD and was instantly hooked.
I have since removed Window$ from my system and it is now a single boot system with Ubuntu 12.04LTS.
I am so happy with it my new OS, I would like to give something back so I am giving some of my time to promote Ubuntu so, after finding out that System76 are giving away FREE stickers, I decided I would be their UK outlet. So... please contact me to find out hot to get your free stickers.

Thanks for your time.
Pete (pooky2483)