Nine simple questions

In October, Ubuntu has a birthday, and soon after comes another — for the Ubuntu Forums.

Many current forum members have been around since the inception, and as a result have become fixtures in the community. Some are Ubuntu members, some aren’t. Some are Linux system administrators, some are homemakers. Some are rabid technophiles, some are free software purists — and some just want to check their e-mail in a safe and stable way.

In other words, everyone has a life beyond a nickname and an avatar, and it’s sometimes interesting to find out who’s behind the screen.

To that end, I’m borrowing an idea originally suggested by aysiu, and starting some interviews with staff members and forum veterans, asking a series of nine open-ended questions.

  1. Tell as much as you’re willing about your “real” life — name, age, gender, location, family, religion, profession, education, hobbies, etc.
  2. When and how did you become interested in computers? in Linux? in Ubuntu?
  3. When did you become involved in the forums? What’s your role there?
  4. Are you an Ubuntu member? If so, how do you contribute? If not, do you plan on becoming one?
  5. What distros do you regularly use? What software? What’s your favorite application? Your least favorite?
  6. What’s your fondest memory from the forums, or from Ubuntu overall? What’s your worst?
  7. What luck have you had introducing new computer users to Ubuntu?
  8. What would you like to see happen with Linux in the future? with Ubuntu?
  9. If there was one thing you could tell all new Ubuntu users, what would it be?

The questions are intentionally generic; that gives everyone a common ground to start with, and allows them to direct their replies in whatever way they see fit. Interviewees can answer as fully or as briefly as they like, and might even skip questions. Their replies are only edited for punctuation, grammar or clarity, and so what you read is what they responded.

Update, 3 July 2008:

Unfortunately, real life events have convinced me that I need to pass this project on to someone with more time available. Matthew Helmke has agreed to manage it from now on, and as I discussed here, I think it’s a great opportunity for the project to become even more of a fixture in the Ubuntu community.

Below is a list of the 35 interviews I conducted between the project’s inception in September 2007, to the last in June 2008. Thanks, everybody! :D

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  1. 1 An interview with ubuntu-geek « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/09/24 at 8:38 AM
  2. 2 An interview with aysiu « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/10/02 at 6:35 PM
  3. 3 An interview with bapoumba « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/10/07 at 5:38 PM
  4. 4 An interview with MetalMusicAddict « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/10/24 at 8:19 AM
  5. 5 An interview with Artificial Intelligence « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/10/28 at 10:46 PM
  6. 6 An interview with matthew « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/11/04 at 7:53 PM
  7. 7 An interview with Tomosaur « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/11/11 at 7:32 PM
  8. 8 An interview with compiledkernel « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/11/16 at 4:19 PM
  9. 9 An interview with jdong « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/11/23 at 3:55 PM
  10. 10 An interview with 23meg « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/12/01 at 9:22 PM
  11. 11 An interview with bodhi.zazen « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/12/08 at 8:34 PM
  12. 12 An interview with Mike « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/12/14 at 10:01 AM
  13. 13 An interview with LaRoza « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2007/12/21 at 10:43 AM
  14. 14 An interview with K.Mandla « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/01/04 at 9:23 AM
  15. 15 An interview with popch « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/01/11 at 10:48 AM
  16. 16 An interview with PartisanEntity « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/01/19 at 8:49 AM
  17. 17 An interview with maniacmusician « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/01/26 at 9:00 PM
  18. 18 An interview with tseliot « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/02/02 at 9:19 AM
  19. 19 An interview with az « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/02/16 at 8:49 AM
  20. 20 An interview with FuturePilot « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/03/01 at 8:57 PM
  21. 21 An interview with PmDematagoda « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/03/10 at 8:57 AM
  22. 22 An interview with KiwiNZ « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/03/15 at 9:26 PM
  23. 23 An interview with frodon « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/03/29 at 9:56 PM
  24. 24 An interview with handy « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/04/05 at 9:31 PM
  25. 25 An interview with boredandblogging.com « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/04/12 at 9:46 PM
  26. 26 An interview with Vorian « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/04/12 at 9:52 PM
  27. 27 An interview with wieman01 « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/04/19 at 9:57 PM
  28. 28 An interview with hyper_ch « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/04/26 at 11:01 PM
  29. 29 An interview with Wybiral « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/05/10 at 8:53 PM
  30. 30 An interview with p_quarles « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/05/17 at 8:32 PM
  31. 31 An interview with CptPicard « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/05/26 at 6:53 AM
  32. 32 An interview with jacobmp92 « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/06/01 at 7:05 PM
  33. 33 An interview with slavik « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/06/07 at 10:36 PM
  34. 34 An interview with ugm6hr « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/06/15 at 9:04 AM
  35. 35 An interview with dmizer « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/06/21 at 7:48 PM
  36. 36 Matthew Helmke (dot) Net » Introducing Ubuntu Community Interviews Trackback on 2008/07/04 at 3:23 AM
  37. 37 Community interviews « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/07/04 at 7:53 AM
  38. 38 Matthew Helmke (dot) Net » An interview with the SABDFL Trackback on 2008/07/14 at 6:08 AM
  39. 39 Lettre Hebdomadaire Ubuntu numéro 98 du 29 juin au 5 juillet 2008 « Lettre Hebdomadaire Ubuntu Trackback on 2008/07/15 at 6:46 AM
  40. 40 Ubuntu Community Interviews « Joe Blog's Trackback on 2009/08/13 at 8:41 AM
  41. 41 Ubuntu Community Interviews « Thoughts « Silver Fox's Space Trackback on 2011/02/06 at 12:17 AM
  42. 42 Those interviews, years later « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2011/02/06 at 7:45 AM
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