Andrew & Julie Ward
- Location : Southeast Georgia
- O/S : Fedora (stable release)
- E-mail : award3535 AT fedoraproject DOT org
- E-mail : jward78 AT fedoraproject DOT org
- E-mail : award3535 AT tds DOT net
My name is Andrew, I am a retired Navy Enlisted Electronics Technician that holds a CCNA, and COMPTIA Security Plus Certification with 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 20 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 I personally own running Fedora 20.
Although I am somewhat of 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 achieving personal and professional goals. Recent events that I participated in was at the Southeast Linux Fest (SELF) in Charlotte NC for the past Three years (2012,2013,and 2014).What a Blast. We by far had the most representatives present than any other Table. I believe that our success 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 Recent Events Indiana Linux Festival Indianapolis In http://www.indianalinux.org/. This was the second time Fedora was represented in Indiana. By far Fedora was the leader of the festival. I was proud to represent the best product available. I also got to attend one of the most eventful conventions to date LINUXCON New Orleans. Many good things were learned at that event, check out the links http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-north-america https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Linuxcon.
The upcoming 2014 season will be exciting and challenging. I plan on attending a minimum of 3 events (two down, one to go), two being a mainstay with me include and Charolette (http://www.southeastlinuxfest.org/), Orlando (http://wwwofossetcon.org), and Columbus Ohio.
I got involved in the project about 3 years after my husband became an Ambassador. I noticed that the community was a tightly knitted group of professionals and volunteers that inspired me to get involved. Although I am an entry level user and have help with various small things during events, I thought it was time I to become as involved with the project in anyway that I can help. I look forward to meeting new people and doing much more with the project.
Andrew's 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. Currently working on my CISSP
My Relation to the Fedora Project
I am currently a Fedora Ambassador and Mentor, I also am quite involved as an active member of the free media distribution, distributing over 300 Cd/Dvd's around the United States, Australia, and Canada. I look forward to talking with other members of the project and future Fedora users.
Current Projects and Other interests
- Currently a FEDORA Ambassador (Verification)
- Active Mentor
- Events Attended over the past Four years; Southeast Linux Festival 2012, 2013, & 2014 Charlotte NC, Texas Linux Festival 2012 San Antonio TX, Indiana Linux Festival 2013, Linuxcon New Orleans Louisiana 2013, Free Open Source Software and Technology Convention (FOSSETCON) Orlando Florida 2014.
- My inspiration is to Mentor new Ambassadors in the Four Foundations of Fedora!
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.
Andrew Ward Electronics Technician Senior Chief Submarines Ret.USN Julie Ward Honorary Lady Submariner