Hello to everyone,
I am Said Urtabajev from Estonia.
I am systems engineer (or sysadmin, or ops) turned to software engineer.
In software engineering I a mstill junior, no doubt in that, but I have
been doing IT work since 2000. I started as local network/workstation
administrator and then moved to further supporting hosting environments
in local telco and then moved to private company to manage
infrastructure supporting their product. As things evolved then that
support seemed to be kind of Software Engineering and now my work is
mostly about developing compliance and automation tools.
My experience with FOSS communities/ecosystems is non-existent. I have
been passive user. It is time to change that.
Unsorted bits and pieces about my skills/interests outside of daily job
aka background skills:
- I am freelance photographer who sometimes helps also write some
articles (mostly agriculture and travelling).
- I have enjoyed doing sales job on different fairs, design and farmers
markets, during recent years.
- I met Linux first at 1998 when I installed Red Hat 5.1 code named
Manhattan on my first i486.
- Later I used Slackware, tried Corel Linux, Progeny Linux, then for
some period I was FreeBSD user, then Debian came and finally I stayed on
Arch Linux as my main home desktop system.
- Fedora has been always besides those all since forking from Red Hat
Linux 9. Mostly as system for work desktops/laptops.
- Bash is shell what I am still using.
- I have done some small work as package maintainer for internal tooling
at my workplaces. Rpm, but mostly deb packaging were used.
- Programming languages I have used for my daily work as systems
engineer have been: Perl, Python, Ruby.
- I have knowledge and experience of using Ansible and Chef.
- When I started transitioning to software engineer then my first job
was take over long forgotten frontend and design and develop bit better
one using Angular.
- Later I was involved in designing and creating frontend using React.
- Working with frontends was interesting but did not last long enough to
obtain good understanding of modern web but it widened my knowledge. I
would gladly expand this knowledge.
- Currently I have been involved with projects using .NET Core a lot.
- I have some limited knowledge about Docker, Kubernetes and
systemd-nspawn when I need to talk about containerization.
- From list of source code management software I have limited experience
with Apache Subversion, met briefly Mercurial and now daily driver is Git.
- Still kind of green with all single board computers and ARM platforms
but those are in my list of interests.
- Mailinglists: I have met them, have still subscriptions in some but
never have been big user.
- IRC: fell in love after Estonian usenet ceased to exists and it was
better than telnet talkers.
- Telegram: has been main communications platform for me as people do
not use IRC much anymore. Same time it is not preferred.
- Matrix: main goal is to replace Telegram with Matrix. Freedom, you
know, and it is called modern IRC.
Realistic volunteering time for me can be about four hours a week. That
is in balance with my employers wishes, my family and my own capabilities.
P.S. Said is not name in my passport. It has been my nickname 25 years
already and most of my friends/acquiantances know me only by this name.
It is also name I use it for my freelance work. Same time it not for
problem for me to use my citizen name.
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