Who’s in your Ubuntu fav 5?

So Jorge just posted about nominating people to the Ubuntu Hall-of-Fame. He also hit on something that I’ve been thinking about for a while. While the HOF is a cool place to so who’s rockin’ the distro, for me it’s still a little impersonal. Maybe it’s just me, but I love to share why the people who rock have made such a huge impact for me. I also like talking about the “unsung heroes”. So here’s a meme for you all:

  1. Think of 5 people in the Ubuntu community who have influenced you the most, or helped you the most, or who you most idolize.
  2. For each person write a couple sentence summary of why they are in your Ubuntu Fav 5 and post somewhere.
  3. Nominate at least 1 person from your Fav 5 for the Ubuntu Hall-of-Fame.

Here are my Ubuntu Fav 5:

  • Oliver Grawert (ogra) – One of the first developers I talked to back in 2005 when I first got involved with Ubuntu. A great motivator for wanting to make MOTU. We worked together quite a bit on Edubuntu and he’s a great mentor and reminds me that open source is FUN. He also loves cats, ’nuff said.
  • Colin Watson (cjwatson) – Colin is like the epitome of an Ubuntu Developer, he’s smart, efficient, and helpful. He’s the force behind Ubiquity and much of what makes Ubuntu, Ubuntu. He’s been on both the Community Council and Technical Board and I trust him eminently to guide Ubuntu into the future.
  • Barry deFreese (bddebian) – Barry is the guy that got me involved with Ubuntu development back during Breezy Badger. He was a fun part of the MOTU community, and even though he’s come and gone over the years as life dictates, he’s always just quietly done what he could to make Debian and Ubuntu a better place, with his typically self-deprecating and humble attitude.
  • Martin Pitt (pitti) – Martin is pure awesome and is one of the most upbeat guys I know. What I like about Martin is that he’s very cheerful and friendly, even in the mist of imminent freezes and deadlines. And whenever I’ve had to ask him for help on something he’s always thanked me for my work, when he’s often the one that makes it really work.
  • Steve Langasek (slangasek) – Steve is the Ubuntu Release Manager, a long time Debian Developer, and a really cool dude. What impresses me the most about Steve is that even though he’s like THE MAN and works for Canonical,  he participates in the, mostly volunteer, MOTU community.

book meme

I wasn’t going to do this but a couple of my Aussie and Kiwi friends convinced me last night that I really ought to 😉

At work, nearest book Demtröder’s Laser Spectroscopy:

With the initial conditions a(0) = 1 and b(0) = 0 we find for the coefficients

c_1+c_2=1 and c_1 \mu_1 = -c_2 \mu_2

\rightarrow c_1 = -\mu_2/(\mu_1 - \mu_2)

c_2 = +\mu_1/(\mu_1 - \mu_2) .

That’s pretty boring, 2nd nearest book, Castellan’s Physical Chemistry:

Equation 4.14 (which is U = \frac{3}{2} RT) is one of the most fascinating results of the kinetic theory, for it provides us with an interpretation of temperature.

A bit better but still pretty uninteresting unless you’re into that sort of thing like I am.

So to redeem my post from utter boredom I whipped this up especially for William Grant:

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open it to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
  • me too, me too

    Continuing on …

    mantha@quark:$ history|awk ‘{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] ” ” i}}’|sort -rn|head
    259 ls
    237 cd
    53 exit
    50 less
    36 sudo
    31 bzr
    27 ssh
    21 rm
    21 nano
    19 ping

    So in the end it appears that I’m mostly wandering around my computer looking at stuff 🙂 I also have a nasty habit of cd’ing to the directory I want to look at and then ls’ing in there, rather than just doing ls on the path. That “ping” is on the list reflects my uni’s crappy wifi/VPN situation the last two weeks. I can connect, but nobody’s home most of the time.