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Interview With Melissa Draper

Mar 03, 2010, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Melissa Draper: I am Australian. I have lived my entire life in NSW, but I was born in Victoria.

"Once upon a time I wanted to be an environmental scientist, but during one of the projects for a related course, I ended up with the task to create a website. I learned HTML one weekend, and realized I preferred computers to trees.

"PS: How did you get involved with Ubuntu and free software in general?

"MD: Whilst doing a web development diploma, a teacher, a BSD fanatic and probably the most influential teacher I ever had, was in the habit of interpreting syllabi modules such as "install an operating system" fairly openly. He taught his students how to install Linux and BSD as well as Windows (amusing aside: he also taught my mother to do the same!) and so began my obsession with Linux. I played around with live distributions for a while then installed Ubuntu on an old computer. I soon found I did not need XP any more.

"Another teacher was was supposed to teach us ASP.net as per the whole web development thing, but was unable to teach for peanuts. Essentially the entire class taught ourselves PHP instead of ASP.net, and following the lead of the OS teacher argued that it was still valid under "dynamic websites". In the end I don't think I even got around to buying the ASP software. Free software is accessible like that, and php.net as a resource is awesome."

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