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One Year of Independence


A little more than a year ago I wasn’t very happy, I managed to get myself stuck in a job I didn’t like working for a company I didn’t like in a city I didn’t like. It had compound effects that caused me more problems, I decided to take the plunge and start my own company, giving me the freedom to work on the things that I want to work where I want to and when it makes sense to do so. Yesterday it was exactly a year since I’ve done that when I founded Zanix, and looking back it’s been the single best decision I’ve ever made so far. I won’t deny that it was incredibly risky, but I don’t have any dependents or very big responsibilities (well, beseides perhaps my homeloan) so it turned out a good time in my life to do so. There’s been some rough spots especially with the accounting side and in some cases payments taking long to get to me, but I’ve learned a lot and it’s been a great experience so far, so far 2009 has been one of the best years I’ve ever had.

Revolution Linux

Révolution Linux

Over the next year I think things will be even better, over the last few months I’ve been talking to the nice people at Revolution Linux, and we worked out something that will allow me to run my current business and work for them almost-full-time. From my perspective I think it’s a best-of-both-worlds scenario, I don’t have to drop any of my projects and have a steady job working on things I really enjoy at the same time. My job title is literally “Ubuntu Developer/Analyst”, and I’ll be working on all kinds of Ubuntu and LTSP related things. Their head office is in Sherbrooke, QC which is close to where the LTSP hackfests happen so I’ll be spending lots of time up there. You don’t have to live long in Canada to be able to apply for a residency, so I might even go live there for a while, it will certainly make traveling around easier than on a South African passport. Sherbrooke is also driving distance from NYC so perhaps I might even go to Debconf next year. I’m not sure exactly how much time I’ll be spending everywhere yet, but I’ll know more myself once I stay there a few weeks after my work visa is approved.

Changes in involvement in CLUG and Ubuntu-ZA

I’m stepping down from the CLUG committee and also as co-leader of the Ubuntu-ZA loco team, since I’ll be traveling a lot next year and probably won’t be around that much, I’ll still be around virtually on the lists and on IRC and contribute here and there, but I’d rather leave the leadership roles to people who are active locally. Ubuntu-ZA elections are currently taking place on Launchpad and the CLUG AGM is taking place later this month where a new committee will be elected.

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6 Responses to “Revolution”

  1. Kurt Kraut Says:

    I think you’ve picked the correct scope: Ubuntu+LTSP. This is something easy to sell because impacts on less operational cost to clients almost imediatly.

    We’re all wishing you luck.

  2. Stefano Rivera Says:

    We are sorry to lose such a fantastic community leader, and hope you’ll return soon. :)

    OTOH we don’t want to burn you out too soon.

  3. Vincent Says:

    Has it been one year already? Congratulations on reaching this milestone and good luck with your new position :)

  4. Jane Says:

    Wow time flies! Congrats… sounds like good things are happening and exciting times lay ahead. All the best! May the years keep getting better and better!

  5. Hamish Pillay Says:


    I’m sorry to be leaving this message here but if I could send an email I would.mind you if I could send an email I wouldn’t be here.

    I have been looking forward to the release of Ubuntu 9.10 and Studio 9.10. I bought a copy of each from Marek Pawinski. I have spent the last two days trying to either remove firefox and install an alternative browser, but and here is the root of my frustration, it wont allow me to remove it and all the other browsers I have used behave the same.

    I can browse any site aslong as I cant log in. So if I try to log into gmail, facebook, wordpress and FNB, I cannot access those websites. I can access google, BBC or any site not requiring a log in.

    I have tried asking the vendor that sold it to me. But he has been no help. And I cant understand how I can access google, cant access gmail, access landing page of wordpress and cant log in.

    Please if you can offer any help I will eternally grateful.
    FYI: I re-installed my old kubuntu 9.04 and the email web browser allowed me access to gmail so it is obvious that the installation disks I have, both Ubuntu and Studio have a setting that needs to be adjusted. I just dont know how.

    You can either reply via email or over here. Please I am really desperate.



  6. flint Says:


    I look forward to your invasion of North America.



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