Open Application for EMEA Board Membership

Last week Daniel Holabach announced on the ubuntu-news-team mailing list that there were going to be some restaffing within the boards more specifically the EMEA board which would mean  need of new members.

I would like to give my thanks to the current members stepping down. I wish you all the best for your participation in other aspects/teams in the greater Ubuntu community.

  • Alan Pope
  • Dennis Kaarsemaker (Seveas)
  • Mark Van den Borre
  • Mathew Helmke (forumsmathew)
  • Stephane Graber
  • Szilvester Farkas (phanatic)

I thought it was worth mentioning those 3 irc nicks because they were the board members that along with  Joseph Price(Pricey) accepted me into Ubuntu Membership on the 2rd of March 2009.

Here goes nothing.

If I have learnt one thing about what makes Ubuntu so great is the openness. So rather then sending this application just to the mailing lists I thought it was best to send it to the Ubuntu community via the planets that be. (A copy of this has been forwarded to the appropriate board)

I when I first read this announcement on planet Ubuntu I first thought was finally Africa could have the possibility of  having a representative on the board it is a pity Jonathan Carter beat me to it by just a few months don’t hold this against me.

A answer to a few of the main questions.

Tell me about yourself.

I am currently a 23 year old Mobile Developer.  I am into any thing technical related I guess you could call me geeky. I have a passion for Open Source software for reason that go far beyond a simple GPL licence and spread into the communities that open source thrives on ie Ubuntu.

My activities in the Ubuntu community; I am currently the  loco contact for the South African team. I am also a moderator on a relativity quiet forum. I have also been a member of the beginners team for +-1.5 years and very recently I have been driving a project to rebuild website which was lost during a failed migration of hosts.

“David doesn’t judge you by the colour of your skin, the car you drive, clothes you wear, but rather by the operating system you choose.” — To quote from a friend of mine

Tell me about your best and worse qualities?

I would think one of my greatest qualities is being able to motivate others. I have an abundance of energy and when I put my mind to something I give it 110% and this seems to flow into other people. I guess you can’t really expect people to do things if you cant be bothered to do.

I speak my mind.  To quote paultag ‘David has an ability to “cut” right to the case’. While I don’t necessarily think this is bad it something that is definitely worth noting.

If I were to ask someone to describe you, what would he or she say?

David kind, caring, considerate, and generally think of others over himself. I also think they would mention. He is always willing to try and help and should he be unable to do so he will either know where to point you for better information. He isn’t scared to simply say he doesn’t know the answer but will try to help where ever possible.


Any how I am pretty sure most people will have stopped reading by now so I am going to simply end off by saying I would greatly appreciate if the council would consider my application kindly and this would be my official self-nomination.

For those of you that know me and are willing to sponsor my application please feel free to at my wiki

David Rubin| |

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Monday, April 19th, 2010 Ubuntu