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= Andrew Ward =
 
* '''Location  :''' Southeast Georgia
 
* '''O/S      :''' Fedora (stable release)
 
* '''E-mail    :''' award3535 AT fedoraproject DOT org
 
 
== About me ==
 
 
My name is Andrew, I am a retired Navy Enlisted Electronics Technician that holds a CCNA, and
 
COMPTIA Security Plus Certification with many years of experience with networks and various
 
operating systems.  I was exposed to Fedora by another retired service member and have loved
 
it ever since. In those earlier days I started with Fedora Core 6 on an old laptop along side
 
with Red Hat. I now perfer to use Fedora 18 over the windows products. I find that the more I
 
use Fedora the more I enjoy the features and ease of configuration of various platforms. I now
 
have 8 of the 15 machines running Fedora 18.
 
 
Although I am an entry level user here with the project, I am very excited to help out
 
in any way I can. Linux systems are not unfamiliar to me while in the military, I was
 
responsible for maintaining HP UX (unix based systems and Servers) servers and nodes.
 
I find Fedora to be the most stable platform available over any other versions of Linux
 
(i.e ubuntu, knoppix etc...)
 
 
I would recommend Fedora to anyone who is tired of the same ole grind of windows to a new and
 
refreshing way of computing. I have already convinced many of my friends to switch over to a
 
virtually virus free environment and the benefit of a stable operating system.
 
 
Recently I took on the responsibility of becoming on of the FEDORA Ambassadors promoting the
 
best product and service available. This is a major step in achieving personal and professional
 
goals. Recent event that I participated in was at the Southeast Linux Fest (SELF) in Charlotte NC for the
 
past two years (2012 and 2013).What a Blast. We by far had the most representatives present than any other Table.
 
I believe that our success stems from the Ambassadors Group within FEDORA and the product we represent. http://www.southeastlinuxfest.org/
 
 
I also just ran the booth at the Texas Linux Festival in San Antonio. http://www.texaslinuxfest.org
 
Recent Events Indiana Linux Festival Indianapolis In http://www.indianalinux.org/. This was the second time Fedora was represented
 
in Indiana. By far Fedora was the leader of the festival. I was proud to represent the best product available. I also got to attend
 
one of the most eventful conventions to date LINUXCON New Orleans. Many good things were learned at that event, check out the links
 
http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon-north-america https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Linuxcon.
 
 
The upcoming 2014 season will be exciting and challenging. I plan on attending a minimum of 3 events, two being a mainstay with me
 
include Texas and Charolette.
 
 
Cheers......
 
 
== Skill Set ==
 
 
I am a government employee that works on a large network as the Information Assurance Manager and
 
carry a COMPTIA Security Plus certification and A CISCO CCNA.
 
 
=== My Relation to the Fedora Project ===
 
 
I am currently a Fedora Ambassador and an active member of the free media distribution, distributing over 300 Cd/Dvd's around the United States, Austriala, and Canada. I look forward to talking with other members of the project and future Fedora users.
 
 
=== Other ===
 
 
* Currently a FEDORA [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/NA/Regions Ambassador] ([http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/MembershipService/Verification Verification])
 
* Events Attended over the past two years; Southeast Linux Festival 2012 & 2013 Charlotte NC, Texas Linux Festival 2012 San Antonio TX, Indiana Linux Festival 2013, Linuxcon New Orleans Louisiana
 
 
== Plans & Goals ==
 
 
I hope to continue to contribute with more aspects within Fedora. I also plan to take on more roles and complete
 
as many Festivals and Conferences as possible.
 
 
 
[[Category:Ambassadors from the USA]]
 
 
Andrew Ward
 
Electronics Technician Senior Chief Ret.
 
USN
 
 
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