Interview With Melissa Draper
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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
"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
"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."