Edinburgh Linux

The consultancy of Jonathan Riddell



Custom Linux Distributions

I specialise in creating custom Linux distros.

I am the first Ubuntu Core Developer, Ubuntu Release Team member and developer of the first Ubuntu flavour, Kubuntu.

I created a custom Linux distribution for cash machine market leader NCR to run on their machines in place of Windows.

I create the desktop showcase KDE neon, for the first time integrating deployment with continuous integration directly in the community who make the software.

Open Source Desktop Installations

My software is used in the world's largest Linux desktop rollouts. I have also helped many individuals install Linux on their desktops. I can provide advice and help in converting your systems to free software.

App Development

I use Qt to create apps which work across platforms, on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

Community Management

I have organised open source communities for over a decade, running projects with KDE, Ubuntu and independently.

I can help you organise your software project as a community orientated project, using the power of the internet to create a competitive advantage.

Kayak and Canadian Canoe Coaching

I am a UKCC qualified coach for kayak and canadian canoeing.

My Qualifications

White Water Coach

Advanced White Water River Leader

Discipline specifics: freestyle & canoe polo coach

D1 minibus driving licence

Training and Assessments I Can Provide

Paddle Start

Paddle Discover

Paddle Explore

White Water Award

Paddlesport Safety and Rescue

Uncertified Sessions

Rolling Clinic

Freestyle Basics

Canoe polo

Paddleability, for those without full body use and aquired brain injury

Moving Water Safety and Rescue for river conservation workers

Some previous coaching sessions I have run

Personal Performance Awards Provider

Bespoke Moving Water Safety and Rescue training for Forth Rivers Trust.

Hen Party for My Adventure. Canadian canoe trip on the Union canal with coaching the basics, games and pub stop.

FSRT for Edinburgh Kayak Club. Teaching bank and boat based rescues in kayaks and Canadians and even some SUPs.

Children's summer courses for Forth Canoe Club. 8-12 year olds introduction to canoe polo.

Freestyle coaching for SCA Freestyle at Pinkston. Learning how to do loops on flat water then into the hole.

Intro to Canadian canoeing to disruptive children for Active Stirling. Children who don't appreciate a classroom now appreciate the outdoors.

3 Star White Water assessment for Napier Kayak Club. Testing they can paddle on rivers.

Kayak introduction for Headway Edinburgh. A new sport for people with aquired brain injuries.

Canoe Taster Sessions for Edinburgh Canal Festival. Introducing 100 people to paddling in a day.

Guide for Forth Rivers Trust down the Fife River Leven, see video:


 Linux Desktop Hacks - Contributing Author
 Open Advice: What would you have liked to know when you started contributing? - Contributing Author
 Freestyle Kayaking - Translator
 Scottish White Water - Sub-Editor
 Paddle Scotland - Sub-Editor

Helping Canoeing Community

Costs and Contact

  • Costs
  • Computer consulting £250/€300 a day, subject to negotiation.
  • Canoe coaching £150 plus £5 each person plus petrol plus certificate fees (or £20 an hour), subject to negotiation.
  • Contact
  • jriddell.org
  • Edinburgh, EU
  • jr@jriddell.org
  • +44 7941 938912