Hi, I'm Ethan. I'm a high school and part time college student, working during the summers, and sporadically during the school year. I've been using Linux since 7th grade and I've loved every second of it. I consider myself a Networking and Systems Administrator at heart, with modern DevOps and Software and knowledge.
Outside of the tech space, I enjoy exploring Mathematics, Chess, reading, and linguistics. I am fluent in Spanish.
Additionally, I participate in many extracurricular activities through school and my community; I'm a year round athlete, running in the fall and spring and swimming during the summer and winter, competing in the VHSL State Swimming Championships for the 2022-23 year. I placed 15th, 16th, and 16th in the finals.
I'm also a member of my school's FBLA chapter, successfully qualifying for the 2022 state and national competition in Cybersecurity. In 2023, I competed at the state level in Network Design and Cybersecurity. I became state champion in Network Design qualifying for nationals, and placed 5th in Cybersecurity. I placed 8th at Nationals in Network Design.
I'm a big believer and advocate of Free/Libre Software. If something is deemed 'Free Software', the users can run, copy, distribute, study, change, and improve the software. Software Freedom is defined by the license.
Free does NOT mean Free as in price, but Free as in Freedom, if you have Free Software, it is perfectly within your rights to sell it, or give it away for free, you control what you do with the software, that is, after all, what Freedom is all about.
It is also important to keep in mind that Open Source, is not equal to Free Software. A piece of Open Source software can be Free, but it is not always the case. The reverse is also true, something being Free Software does not mean it is Open Source. Both movements are revolutionary and beneficial to the average computer user or hacker, but it is important not to confuse them.
I am the Founder/Owner and Co-host of The Ridge Podcast. On the podcast, we interview local elected officials, candidates, business owners, teachers, veterans, and other prominent members of the community.