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Ronald McCollam

I'm Ronald McCollam, a Linux geek at a startup in Boston, MA.

Ronald McCollam is an IT generalist with particular interests in Linux and open-source software.  He has worked at Canonical, the corporate backer of the Ubuntu operating system and is currently the head of product at Libboo, a startup in Boston focused on revolutionizing the world of ebooks.

In his spare time, Ronald is improving his Esperanto vocabulary, testing and reviewing disk images and applications for Ubuntu, and refining his technique for getting for home canning and preserving food.

Ronald McCollam's Background

Ronald McCollam's Experience

Minister of Geekery and Product Owner at

March 2012

Technology generalist, responsible for overseeing the technological development and operational status of Libboo.

Technical Account Manager / Sales Engineer at Canonical Ltd.

November 2010 - March 2012

Built business and technical relationships with partners and customers. Provided presales and post-sales factory support to OEMs and ODMs on modifying, enabling, and installing the Ubuntu operating system. Created factory installation processes. Created customized demo systems and collateral. Worked closely with teams at Canonical and the Ubuntu community to ensure the highest quality software at all times.

Ubuntu Senior Certification Engineer at Canonical Ltd.

February 2009 - December 2010

Tested daily builds of Ubuntu on various hardware. Issued certifications for working systems. Managed test development projects. Created projects to expand testing facilities in US and Asia. Mentored team members.

Sales Support Engineer at iET Solutions

March 2008 - January 2009

Demonstrated iET Solutions' products to technical and nontechnical audiences. Worked closely with sales and marketing teams to define desired functionality and identify critical issues for resolution. Participated in product proofs-of-concept and implementation. Developed new and enhanced functionality through integration with external systems. Tested various configurations and platforms for iET Solutions' software.

EMS Engineer at ZANTAZ, an Autonomy Company

August 2003 - February 2008

Responsible for maintenance and operations of mission-critical servers in a mixed Windows and Linux environment. Created scripts to automate and monitor system services. Created and disseminated tools, processes, and software for a new Network Operations Center (NOC).

Programmer/Analyst at AbleSoft Solutions

April 2001 - March 2002

Development of Visual Basic and ASP programs against a Microsoft SQL Server backend. User interviews and training.

Library Instruction Support at Virginia Tech University Libraries

January 2000 - January 2001

Provided technical support for MacOS and Windows computer labs including hands-on demonstrations of computer programs to novice users. Assisted with computer-based instruction for university classes.

Ronald McCollam's Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

1997 – 2000


Ronald McCollam's Interests & Activities

Ubuntu, Linux, Esperanto, canning, cooking, science fiction

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