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AM report for Thiemo Seufer

Report for new developer applicant
Thiemo Seufer <seufer@csv.ica.uni-stuttgart.de>:

0. Recommendation

   I strongly recommend to accept Thiemo Seufer as new Debian Developer.
1. Identification & Background

   Check with Keyid 0xD14235A0

   ID Check passed, Key signed by at least one existing Debian Developer,
   Guido Guenther <agx@debian.org> (and many others, as you can see).

   Output from 'gpg --check-sigs 0xD14235A0':

   pub  1024D/D14235A0 2002-06-03 Thiemo Seufer <seufer@csv.ica.uni-stuttgart.de>
   sig!        3F3E6426 2002-06-09   Guido Guenther <agx@sigxcpu.org>
   sig!        75BE8097 2002-06-10   Florian Lohoff <flo@mini.gt.owl.de>
   sig!        A3E45D66 2002-06-11   Alexander Neumann <alexander@debian.org>
   sig!        2A30D729 2004-02-20   Petter Reinholdtsen <pere@debian.org>
   sig!2       DFE80FB2 2002-06-10   Martin Waitz <tali@admingilde.org>
   sig!2       7E7B8AC9 2002-06-10   Joerg Jaspert <joerg@debian.org>
   sig!2       10FA4CD1 2004-02-20   Colin Watson <cjwatson@flatline.org.uk>
   sig!2       515F9B74 2004-02-20   Konstantinos Margaritis <markos@debian.org>
   sig!3       F2BC48C5 2002-07-15   Cord Beermann <cord@cord.de>
   sig!3       68FD549F 2002-06-11   Martin Michlmayr <tbm@cyrius.com>
   sig!3       5AF4C462 2002-07-15   Cord Beermann <cord@wunder-nett.org>
   sig!3       84AD676C 2004-02-20   Scott James Remnant <scott@netsplit.com>
   sig!3       817A996A 2004-02-22   Tollef Fog Heen <tfheen@raw.no>
   sig!3       C09FD35A 2004-02-26   Andreas Tille <tille@debian.org>
   sig!3       D14235A0 2002-06-03   Thiemo Seufer <seufer@csv.ica.uni-stuttgart.de>
   sub  1024g/EA15DFAD 2002-06-03
   sig!        D14235A0 2002-06-03   Thiemo Seufer <seufer@csv.ica.uni-stuttgart.de>
   According to `gpg -vv`, his key is a version 4 key and thus valid according
   to the definition for new keys in the Debian keyring.

   Applicant writes:

   Well, I started to use Linux years ago (with 0.99.pl13) because I
   wnated to write a program larger than 640k. Linux was free (as in
   beer), it allowed to use the whole 4MB of my system and had also
   a free compiler.

   It took some more years until I started to help with the development
   of free (as in speech) software, this came when I found interest in
   the MIPS achitecture. In course of that, I became upstream maintainer
   of MIPS binutils, and contribute patches for kernel/toolchain/glibc
   when the bugs get to annoying. I also took over the delo (DEcstation
   boot LOader) upstream and improved it substantially.

   For Debian, I'm primarily interested in the mips/mipsel ports, where
   Debian is IMHO the most viable distribution. To improve it, I started
   to help the debian-installer effort, concentrating on the mips port.
   It is now in a nearly-releasable state, but lacks daily built test
   image and a few other things which need to be done by a DD.

   Searching Google for him affirms the picture I had of him: A lot of
   mails regarding the mips-port (including own code, patches, ...) and
   does not return anything offensive.

   However, I'm not a mips-users myself, and therefore asked joeyh for his
   experiences with Thiemo for the d-i; also, tbm forwarded me his opinion
   he sent to Thiemos first AM. Both mails are very positive and are
   attached to this report.
2. Philosophy and Procedures

   Thiemo demonstrated an excellent understanding of Debian's Philosophy 
   and Procedures. He answered all Questions about the Social Contract, the
   DFSG, the BTS etc. and had nearly no problems with it. He showed that he
   really knows what he talks about.

3. Tasks and Skills
   Thiemo is maintainer of genisovh, linux-kernel-di-mips and
   linux-kernel-di-mipsel and seems to become maintainer of the mips(el)
   kernel packages. All packages are present in the linux archive,
   and seem to be - as far as I could judge - to be in good shape.

   Thiemo has also direct commit rights to the d-i, and fixed some issues
   there. Please see joeyhs mail for details.

   He also answered my questions regarding T&S without problems.

3a. Personal comment

   Thiemo responded to my emails in a good, precise and fast way. During
   the time, it became quite clear that he has (much) more knowledge than
   required to go through. Also, his whole way to deal with the questions,
   to answer mails etc. tells me that he is one of the people we should
   like to see as part of Debian.

4. Account information

   Preferred account name: ths
   Address to forward E-Mails to: seufer@csv.ica.uni-stuttgart.de

   PGP 1024/89FB5CE5  DC F1 85 6D A6 45 9C 0F  3B BE F1 D0 C5 D1 D9 0C

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