Thanks Mike. This group meets near by. I am going to go check them out.
Michael Semcheski wrote:
There is a Detroit Linux User's Group that you might look to hook up
with if you haven't already.
I'm not a member (or in Detroit) but I know someone who is.
On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 6:38 PM, Michael Naughton
<michnaugh1(a)gmail.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
My name is Mike Naughton. I'm a criminal defense attorney
(associate at James C. Thomas, P.C.) from Detroit, Michigan,
U.S.A. I first tried Linux when I installed Fedora Core 3. I am
running Fedora 10 x64 and it feels very sharp and responsive.
As far as how I can contribute, in my role as a criminal defense
attorney I have a lot of experience with advocacy, community
outreach and working with media. In fact, I have been involved in
cases in the Detroit area that garnered national and local media
attention. My participation required working with attorneys
around the country and media outlets. If you google my name you
will see Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals
briefs I wrote over the summer and for what case.
I think Fedora and Red Hat have really done a terrific job of
creating a more vibrant community and putting together some really
nice resources online (fedoraproject.org
etc.). I would like to be more involved in this community. I
believe that, for better or worse, the economy and Vista have
really created an opportunity for people to discover Fedora and be
very pleasantly surprised.
I would really like to get more involved in marketing Fedora,
especially to professionals like myself who are solo-practitioners
or small business owners. Fedora really provides all the tools
necessary for a person to build a business right out of the box.
In fact, I have been using Linux in my practice. I use
to prepare correspondence, motions, orders and
other forms of legal writing. I use Thunderbird with the
Lightning plugin to keep track of my calendar. I listen to music
with Rhythmbox, mount NTFS drives, play games (World of Goo is
really incredible and a great example of the traction Linux is
starting to gain) and run the occasional Windows app in Crossover
Admittedly, I would like to see more billable programs for Linux.
I have tried Gnu Cash but I find it a bit cumbersome for simple
time tracking and invoicing. Additionally (like a lot of other
people), I'd like to able to use Adobe programs in Linux.
Obviously this is not a Fedora gripe but an Adobe one. I am
confident that as Linux desktop adoption grows, Adobe will reach
out to this market and provide products. It already has with
Flash and Acrobat. I am also a part-time web developer and use
Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Illustrator. It would be nice
to not have to boot into OS X use these tools.
Thanks for reading. I am really excited about joining the
marketing team and making some contributions to the community.
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