Report for new developer applicant Martin Meredith <email@example.com> 1. Identification & Background ------------------------------- Check with keyid 0x6AAAA569 Syncing Debian Keyrings with rsync from keyring.debian.org Receiving and checking key gpg: requesting key 6AAAA569 from hkp server subkeys.pgp.net pub 1024D/6AAAA569 2005-07-12 Key fingerprint = BE1A BF20 6C3A F082 423D 4011 2404 ED3A 6AAA A569 uid Martin Meredith <firstname.lastname@example.org> sig!2 0A0AC927 2005-11-07 LaMont Jones <email@example.com> sig!2 20687895 2005-11-20 Daniel Silverstone (DOB: 1980-04-09) <firstname.lastname@example.org> sig!3 5921B5D8 2005-11-04 Andrew Mitchell <email@example.com> sig!3 945348A4 2005-11-04 Reinhard Tartler <firstname.lastname@example.org> sig!3 10FA4CD1 2005-11-06 Colin Watson <email@example.com> sig!3 6AAAA569 2005-09-10 Martin Meredith <firstname.lastname@example.org> sig!3 6AAAA569 2005-09-10 Martin Meredith <email@example.com> sig!3 6AAAA569 2007-09-25 Martin Meredith <firstname.lastname@example.org> sig!3 6AAAA569 2008-06-13 Martin Meredith <email@example.com> <snip other uids> 208 signatures not checked due to missing keys Let's test if its a version 4 or greater key Key is ok Check for key expire stuff Key has no expiration date set, nothing to check. Applicant writes: My name (as you may have gathered) is Martin Meredith, although, I do have a longer version - (Martin Leslie Henry Meredith) - I prefer not to use the middle names, as my fingers start to ache when I have to type it too much! Most people, however, call me Mez (which is my IRC nickname, and also what most people call me in real life too (except the family!)) I was born in Birmingham in the UK, in 1985. I went to School, and College there, and also university, though I dropped out of University to work as I was snowballing in Student debt. I first started programming when I was about 5 I think... around that time anyway. I was, at the time, wheelchair bound due to childhood issues with my legs, and my father was at a loss for how to keep me entertained, and introduced me to his MSX MPC-100, on which he taught me how to program in BASIC. Since then, I've been interested in computing, and the way things work, so this has travelled with me. I first discovered the internet in around about 1998 I think (though I may have been introduced to it previously by my father - I'm not too clear on that!) and started emailing, and creating my own websites. Before this, I'd been working on standalone PCs, happily coding away in Visual Basic. Anyway, after a while, I had my own website (good old tripod), having taught myself HTML, and had discovered a few websites that I enjoyed visiting regularly. One of these websites had an interesting feature, and I wanted to replicate this feature for my own website. Thus I discovered Perl. From there, I started, with some regulars off of a website I visited, to run a programming website and forum, working my way through different forum software, making modifications to them, and all the while, increasing my knowledge of web-based programming. Eventualy, I became an administrator for a resource site for Invision Power Board (which was then free software) and moved on to work as a sub-contractor for the company themselves, creating the MSSQL database abstraction layer for them. Having learnt PHP, I went on to do other work with it, finally landing myself a job with Jelsoft Enterprises, who I currently work for, as a PHP developer. I'm quite proud of that, as up until that point, my work in the IT industry had been minimal, and as I enjoy programming, it had been one of my lifelong goals. Anyway, that was my web development experience. But doesn't tell you anything about my interest in Linux, (but at least sets the scene) I can't remember when I first discovered Linux, but I remember that it was around the time Redhat 4/5 was out, as those were the first distros I tried. I can't remember how I discovered it either, I just remember playing with them. Anyway, my interest was there because of the command line. You can probably tell from the above that I was a bit of a geek, and I loved the fact that the command line was so powerful. However, after a while, my interest waned for some reason, and I went back to Windows (though I kept a linux box around to play with now and then!) After a while, my curiosity peaked again, and I started playing with Linux again, working with Gentoo at first, and then when someone mentioned it, Ubuntu. This was around 2003 (though I had had a linux box setup at my workplace at the time which I used for running random internal websites) Anyway, at the time I was dual booting, and I started to find that I was more at ease in Linux than I was in Windows. Firefox ran a lot faster, I remember that! and I had the shell there to work with. After a while, something happened, and Windows decided to mess itself up pretty bad. And it was at that point that I started running Linux only. I enjoyed the freedom it gave me. Now, the thing about Linux to me that is most important is the fact that it's open source. I as a programmer, had no reason to bitch and moan (apologies for my language) about something not working when I had the ability to go fix it myself. It was a very much "scratch your own itch" thing for me, which I guess is why I liked PHP so much. I could go in and I could fix things. The thing that got me interested in packaging however, was Ubuntu's 6 monthly release cycle. I wanted the latest and greatest there and then. To this end, I started working with the Ubuntu Backports project. And, learning of all the packaging, etc, it excited me, it was a new toy to play with, and something that I enjoyed doing. Being a fan of KDE, I worked with the Kubuntu Team to learn packaging, and started work on a few packages there. I think my first package that I worked on properly was k3b - an interesting place to start, but the work was there for me to start with, so it was an easy place to start. I worked through with more and more packages, and eventually became an ubuntu MOTU, and started working on packages for that. At the same time, I started working on katapult, as this was a project that Kubuntu wanted, but the maintainer had given up on it. So I took over. Anyway, I learnt more and more about Ubuntu, and packaging, and found that I was turning more and more to debian as a resource for everything. After all, Ubuntu is based on debian, and I found that things in debian were a lot easier to work with (working from the debian upstreams updates to base the work in ubuntu from). I then found that it was MUCH easier for me to create packages that worked in Ubuntu AND Debian, and have them synced from there. So this is what I started doing with katapult, after finding a willing sponsor. I did however, sometimes find it hard to get in contact with my sponsor (he being a busy man!), so work was done in both Ubuntu and Debian. Eager to get my teeth into more, I adopted rar and unrar-nonfree as the Maintainer at the time was having trouble keeping with the maintenance of it, and for some reason (I can't remember why) I needed a new version of them. I recently also wanted xdebug (after having talked with the Upstream) to be in Debian for my own reasons (use at work) and, having started working with PHP more because of my new job, started working on this with another person, under the eye of one of the current DDs who was interested in doing this also. I've also filed a couple of ITPs for the reason of wanting to use them for my own projects (well, ezcomponents - symfony is simply a package I saw related to PHP that I thought would be useful in debian!) So, that's my interest in debian, thats how I got to where I am now. The reason I filed the ITP is because that I believe that working on packaging in Debian rather than in Ubuntu is better than simply working on it in Ubuntu. There are a few reasons why, my main ones being that it contributes back to Debian, and the fact that it makes the delta between ubuntu and Debian less. While I agree that there needs to be a delta in some cases, for things that I'm working on (rar, etc) and for the things that I am upstream for (Katapult) there doesn't need to be any delta, and there shouldn't be. Debian is where the roots of Ubuntu came from. If it wasn't for Debian, then Ubuntu wouldn't have come into being, I wouldn't have learnt to package, and I probably wouldn't be using Linux as I am today. Put simply, Debian has indirectly given me a lot. I want to be able to give back. Plus, being a DD makes life a lot easier than having to chase round after sponsors, and as a DD I'll be able to help more people contribute to Debian. As you can probably tell, my interests are far and wide, and I'm very much a "scratch your own itches" kinda guy. I do however, have an affinity for both KDE and PHP, and intend to focus my DDship in these areas. I'm quite happy for these emails to be "published" (as you put it). 2. Account Data --------------- Account: mez Forward-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 3. Philosophy and Procedures ----------------------------- Martin has a good knowledge of Debian's philosophy and procedures and answered all my questions about the social contract, DFSG, BTS, etc. in a satisfying way. Martin committed to uphold the SC and DFSG in his Debian work and accepts the DMUP. 4. Tasks and Skills ------------------- Martin has a good understanding of the technical side of Debian. He is maintainer of the katapult, symfony and xdebug packages. He also answered my other questions regarding T&S without any problems worth mentioning and provided patches for RC bugs. His social skills are great and it is a pleasure to communicate with him. 5. Recommendation ----------------- I recommend to accept Martin as a Debian Developer.
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