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AM Report for Sylvain le Gall

Report for new developer applicant Sylvain le Gall:

0. Recommendation

   I recommend to accept Sylvain le Gall as new Developer of the Debian
   Project. I was AM for the second part; everything including P&P was
   done by Rene.
1. Identification & Background

   Check with Keyid 0xFB0DFE9B

   ID Check passed, Key signed by at least one existing Debian Developer.

   pub  1024D/FB0DFE9B 2003-01-30 Sylvain LE GALL <sylvain.le-gall@polytechnique.org>
        Key fingerprint = ECF0 A05D A5D0 40B5 82BB  8A2C 8ABD 9BA1 FB0D FE9B
	sig!        5DF03167 2003-07-14   Jerome Marant <jmarant@nerim.net>
	sig!3       E0BA04C1 2003-06-05   Ralf Treinen <treinen@debian.org>
	sig!3       F2C423BC 2003-06-09   Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@bononia.it>
	sig!3       03F35988 2003-06-13   Xavier Roche <roche@httrack.com>
	sig!        29499F61 2003-06-15   Sam Hocevar <sam@zoy.org>
	sig!3       9AACBFB8 2003-05-26   Christophe Le Bars <clebars@debian.org>
   Also, his is a version 4 key and thus valid according to the definition for
   new keys in the Debian keyring.

   Applicant writes:

   Actually i am 25 years old. I am french and i have studied for the 4
   last years at Ecole Polytechnique and ENST in Paris. I am a programmer.

   I begin to be interested in computer science when i was 7 years old...
   But i did not understand anything, my first try was only to play games
   and try to break the password on my father's computer ( i don't remember
   if i succeed ). I begin to program by just copying program from a

   I begin with a Macintosh, then a Amstrad PC 1512. I bought my first
   computer in 1993... I begin to play with programmation and MS DOS (
   Quick Basic / ASM on DOS 6.22 Win 3.11 ). I try Turbo Pascal and Borland
   C++. I stay for a long time on Borland C++, Delphi and Power Builder. In
   1998 i give a try to a redhat. At this time, i was not able to
   understand all the concept lying behind GNU/Linux and the try was short.
   I switch back to Win 98. In 2000, i meet some guies who use Debian
   Linux. They explain me the philosophy of Free Software and i give a try
   to Suse. I was very happy with it. It only takes me a long time to made
   all my hardware to work with Suse. I finally find my way in the Linux
   Kernel to made all my hardware work, when after a upgrade of my Suse,
   she never wakes up...

   And then comes debian. There was a mirror at my school, i download the
   first CD. Install it and it was the beginning of the disappearance of
   all other OSes from my computer. It is about two year that i don't use
   anymore Windows.

   The reason i came to debian and free software is the essence of the free
   software ( to my mind ) : open source and free right to use. Open
   source from my point of view is something NECESSARY. Nobody can ever
   become a good programmer, without reading the code of other people...
   The free right to use is also something very interesting. I was tired of
   trying to get "illegal" crack et al. I was not at ease with this sort of
   permanent outlaw... Debian is indeed the best choice for a programmer.

   If i am accepted in Debian, i will try to give a hand to the Debian
   Ocaml Task Force. I found that Ocaml is a great programming language and
   Debian is one of the better distribution which support it. I want to
   package library and program to make student use debian ( trying to
   develop ocaml application as a student with debian is easy... compared
   to developping the same under windows, redhat or something like that ).
   I think making the life of computer science student easier is a part of the
   Social Contract. Moreover, i write my self some programs ( in order to
   integrate some of my package in debian ) and i give it back to the
   upstream ( mldonkey contains 3 programs to manage mldonkey files with
   debconf ).

   Searching Google for him returns his savannah membership (where he is
   member since 2002-11-21, and working with two OCaml-groups), and some
   discussions about OCaml, and code written by him.

   His advocate, Stefano Zacchiroli (zack), writes:

   | Sylvain has done a great job packaging mldonkey. He got in touch with
   | upstream proposing patches and also wrote from scratch a set of tools
   | (written in OCaml) to better interact with mldonkey. He has also
   | promptly performed the modifications I suggest to him on the package.
   | I think he can do a lot for debian mainly, but not limited to, for the
   | efforts related to maintaining OCaml related programs and libraries. 

2. Philosophy and Procedures

   This check was done by Rene, and Sylvain passed it without real problems.

3. Tasks and Skills
   He answered my questions regarding T&S without real problems.

   Sylvain is maintainer of a lot of packages. I selected three of them, 
   headache, mtink and unison, for my review. I found some small glitches,
   but no major problems, and the glitches are pending for fixing, or are
   already fixed now.

4. Account information

   Preferred account name: gildor
   Address to forward E-Mails to: sylvain@le-gall.net

5. Attachments
   GPG Key with ID 0xFB0DFE9B

   Recommendation of the advocate and logs of the discussions with applicant.
   [only in the version for DAM/FD]

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

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