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AM report for Charles Fry <debian@frogcircus.org>

Report for new developer applicant Charles Fry <debian@frogcircus.org>

1. Identification & Background
   Check with key id 0xAA79B91A:

   ID check passed, gpg key signed by at least three DD's:
   duncf, apollock and joshk

   (Partial) output from keycheck.sh AA79B91A
pub   1024D/AA79B91A 2005-06-15 [expires: 2010-10-28]
      Key fingerprint = 9DAC 6903 E857 9CF8 AF72  FD6D 8620 0551 AA79 B91A
uid                  Charles Fry <debian@frogcircus.org>
sig!         6BE69CD0 2005-07-14  Duncan Findlay <duncf@debian.org>
sig!1        A7D91602 2005-07-26  Andrew Pollock <apollock@debian.org>
sig!         78446F26 2005-06-15  Joshua Kwan <joshk@triplehelix.org>

    Applicant writes:
> After obtaining a B.S. in Computer Science at Brigham Young University,
> I worked for two years doing distributed systems software development
> for the WhizBang! Labs. When they closed their doors, I worked for two
> years at Carnegie Mellon University where I again developed distributed
> systems software, while pursuing an M.S. in Electrical and Computer
> Engineering. Now I am a full-time Ph.D. student, working with Mike
> Reiter in CMU's ECE Department. My focus is, yet again, distributed
> systems. Unlike most of my colleagues, I am married and we have two
> young daughters, ages three and six; my family is certainly the most
> interesting part of my life, but perhaps less relevant to my work in
> Debian. :-)
> Growing up in Wyoming, I never encountered Linux until I got to college.
> I was first introduced to RedHat, and then progressivly worked my way
> through a number of other distributions until I finally found Debian,
> which was a perfect fit for my personality and needs. Since then I have
> longed to contribute in a significant way to Debian, but my
> inexperience and lack of free time successfully foiled these plans until
> this summer when I did an internship in the same room as Joshua Kwan,
> who helped me complete my first set of packages.
> The contributions that I have made to Debian so far are primarily
> focused on the introduction of new packages, and the development of
> standard Pear packaging tools and best practices. The new Java package
> which I added to the archive is bouncycastle, a Java cryptography
> library.
> The PHP packages which I have added are php-cache-lite, php-pager, and
> php-simpletest. The last of those was initially non-free, but I was able
> to work with upstream to get it released with a more appropriate
> license. These PHP packages are all Pear packages, which were not
> previously handled in a uniform way inside of Debian. I worked with
> those on the debian-webapps mailing list to come to an agreement on best
> packaging practices for PHP Pear packages, which was first integrated
> into dh-make-php, and now into a new CDBS class pear.mk (pending
> acceptance by CDBS).
> I also have a small handful of adopted packages, most notably
> libhtml-mason-perl which had previously fallen a bit out of date, as
> well as xasteroids, wmfire, and libclass-container-perl. Finally, I am
> co-maintaining awstats, a package which I long ago filed an ITP for,
> only to lose the package to another developer.
> While I am quite interested in ensuring that programs that I use
> regularly are both packaged and well-maintained in Debian, I also would
> like to become more involved with improving some of the common
> development tools. My current ploy is to patch dpatch, adding support
> for standard .patch files, in addition to its custom .dpatch patch
> files. This would facilitate its use with the simple-patchsys of
> CDBS, which currently lacks patch editing/creation tools with the
> flexibility of those provided by dpatch.

2. Philosophy and Procedures

  Charles has a good understanding of Debian's Philosophy and Procedures.
  He answered correctly to my questions about the Social Contract, DFSG,
  BTS, etc.

3. Tasks and Skills
  Charles maintains or co-maintains ten packages in main and contrib,
  including PHP packages (php-pager, php-cache-lite, ...), Perl packages
  (libhtml-mason-perl, libclass-container-perl, awstats) and Java packages
  (libjgrapht-java, bouncycastle(contrib)).

  All his packages are in good shape and bug-free (with the exception of
  awstats, team maintained and which seems to be a bug sink). In addition,
  he has submitted tons of useful bug reports in the two last years.

  Charles answered correctly and quickly to the questions about Tasks and

4. Recommendation
   I recommend to accept him as a Debian Developer.
   Account: cfry
   Forward-Email: debian@frogcircus.org

Isaac Clerencia at Warp Networks, http://www.warp.es
Work: <isaac@warp.es>   | Debian: <isaac@debian.org>

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