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= Andrew Ward =
* '''Location :''' Southeast Georgia
* '''O/S :''' Fedora (stable release)
* '''E-mail :''' award3535 AT fedoraproject DOT org
== About me ==
My name is Andrew, I am a retired Navy Enlisted Electronics Technician that holds a CCNA and have
many years of experience with networks and various operating systems. I was exposed to
Fedora by another retired service member and have loved it ever since. In those earlier
days I started with Fedora Core 6 on an old laptop along side with Red Hat. I now perfer
to use Fedora 18 over the windows products. I find that the more I use Fedora the more I
enjoy the features and ease of configuration of various platforms. I now have 8 of the 15
machines running Fedora (13, 14, 16, 17, and now 18).
Although I am an entry level user here with the project, I am very excited to help out
in any way I can. Linux systems are not unfamiliar to me while in the military, I was
responsible for maintaining HP UX (unix based systems and Servers) servers and nodes.
I find Fedora to be the most stable platform available over any other versions of Linux
(i.e ubuntu, knoppix etc...)
I would recommend Fedora to anyone who is tired of the same ole grind of windows to a new and
refreshing way of computing. I have already convinced many of my friends to switch over to a
virtually virus free environment and the benefit of a stable operating system.
Recently I took on the responsibility of becoming on of the FEDORA Ambassadors promoting the
best product and service available. This is a major step in achiving personal and professional
goals. Recent event that I participated in was at the Southeast Linux Fest (SELF) in Charolette NC.
What a Blast. We by far had the most representatives present than any other Table.
I believe that our sucess stems from the Ambassadors Group within FEDORA and the product we represent. http://www.southeastlinuxfest.org/
I also just ran the booth at the Texas Linux Festival in San Antonio. http://www.texaslinuxfest.org
== Skill Set ==
I am a government employee that works on a large network as the Information Assurance Manager and
carry a COMPTIA Security Plus certification and A CISCO CCNA.
=== My Relation to the Fedora Project ===
I am currently a Fedora Ambassador and an active member of the free media distribution, distributing over 230 Cd/Dvd's around the United States, Austriala, and Canada. I look forward to talking with other members of the project and future Fedora users.
=== Other ===
* Currently a fedora [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/NA/Regions Ambassador] ([http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/MembershipService/Verification Verification])
== Plans & Goals ==
I hope to continue to contribute with more aspects within Fedora. I also plan to take on more roles and complete
as many Festivals and Conferences as possible.
[[Category:Ambassadors from the USA]]
Electronics Technician Senior Chief Ret.