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|Originally Published: Monday, 15 May 2000||Author: Jeff Alami|
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RHCE2B.COM Interviews Linux.com's Kara Pritchard
Kara Pritchard, Linux.com's LUGs Project Manager and author of the RHCE Exam Cram book, is interviewed by RHCE2B.COM.
"Randy: How long did you have to write your book? Was it tough to get it done that fast?
"Kara: Well, this is a hard question to answer. The whole thing start to finish was about six months. However, I wasn't working on it the whole time. I worked on the outline and backbone material before taking the course. However, my course wasn't until July, and I didn't want to waste a lot of time covering topics that may or may not be in the exam. Once the exam was completed, I was given about 6 weeks to finish the book. Yes, that part was difficult. I wore off the letters of my (new) laptop keyboard, and had to replace it ;) The content wasn't hard, but writing so much material in such a short time was. We spent another couple of weeks with copy editing and technical review, and then it was complete.
"Randy: Tell me about Linux.com's Linux Users Group project. What is it? Why is it important?
"Kara: Hmm. There's really no simple definition for what the LUG project at Linux.com is. My goal is to provide a central location for information, resources, contacts, etc for Linux User Groups. The project is important because it's an interactive means for all LUGs across the world to come together to share, support, and get help. We've got some good stuff cooking, and hope to have those programs implemented soon too.
"Randy: If people are interested in getting more involved in the Linux community, what do you think they should do?
"Kara: They should decide specifically what or where they want to be involved and go for it. As for my work at Linux.com, I see people who badly want to be involved all the time. However, they don't have specific ideas, goals, dreams in mind themselves of what they could do. I've been known for doing this too. If you want to get involved, and like doing something in particular, such as drawing, or writing, or coding, look for a project and pursue your involvement. When talking with project leaders, don't be afraid to say 'this is what I like to do', or "this is what I'm good at". If you work a project doing something you already enjoy, you'll be more successful, be able to do it longer thus making a better name for yourself."