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AM report for Asheesh Laroia <asheesh@asheesh.org>

Report for new developer applicant Asheesh Laroia <asheesh@asheesh.org>

1. Identification & Background

        Check with keyid 0x70096AD1

Syncing Debian Keyrings with rsync from keyring.debian.org
Receiving and checking key
gpg: requesting key 70096AD1 from hkp server subkeys.pgp.net
pub   1024D/70096AD1 2005-12-28
      Key fingerprint = D004 36A9 0C4B D120 0202  0A3C 37E1 C175 7009 6AD1
uid                  Asheesh Laroia <asheesh@asheesh.org>
sig!         E9ABFCD2 2006-06-29  Devin Carraway <aqua@atlantic.devin.com>
sig!         17063E6D 2006-08-18  Kees Cook <kees@outflux.net>
sig!         808D0FD0 2006-08-24  Don Armstrong <don@donarmstrong.com>
sig!         6E76D81D 2007-08-11  Sean Finney <seanius@seanius.net>
sig!         C2CE8099 2007-12-21  NOKUBI Takatsugu <knok@daionet.gr.jp>
sig!         E7075A54 2008-01-01  Masayuki Hatta (mhatta) <mhatta@gnu.org>
sig!         1CF2D62A 2008-01-28  Micah Anderson <micah@riseup.net>
sig!         607559E6 2008-04-12  Benjamin Mako Hill <mako@ubuntu.com>

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:
I'll try to keep this short and to the point; I could make it a few times
longer, but I'll save such writing for my website. (-:

I came to GNU/Linux in 1999 when a friend at a summer camp was doing some
obscure thing at a workstation in a library.  It looked like DOS, but
remote.  He said, "It's Linux."  At the time, I was in the start of high

My desktop computer on Windows 98 was crashing every twenty minutes, so I
figured this would be a good time to try out what he was talking about.  I
stumbled across the GNU Manifesto in a text editor named Emacs, and I
quickly understood the Free Software values underlying so much of the
system.  In addition to liberating, the system was empowering, and I set
up a machine (eventually running Debian) to be a home network gateway at
my house.  Software like GNU HTTP Tunnel helped teach me about connecting
networks that didn't want to be connected, and as OpenSSL had a few
vulnerabilities in the coming few years I learned about hand-compiling
packages when my distributor (Mandrake at the time) stopped shipping

Quickly I saw the value of Debian, so in 2002 I switched my desktop to
that.  Additionally to the above, today I run a mail/web/DNS server for
myself, some friends, and Students for Free Culture <freeculture.org>, and
in college I quickly became a member of the Association for Computing
Machinery <http://acm.jhu.edu>.  At ACM, with others (mainly Albert Lee in
my time), I worked on setting up and standardizing new desktops through
the use of a metapackage (NOT of Debian archive quality!) and switching
our authentication from NIS to LDAP.

In 2005 I began to follow up on my urge to contribute to Debian, so I
started work on a few small packages (cue2toc and ccd2iso) and now also
maintain a more significant package, the alpine mail user agent.

2. Account Data

        Account: paulproteus
        Forward-Email: asheesh@asheesh.org

3. Philosophy and Procedures

Asheesh has a good understanding of Debian's philosophy and procedures
and answered all my questions about the social contract,
DFSG, BTS, etc. in a good way. Asheesh committed to uphold the SC and DFSG
in his Debian work and accepts the DMUP.

4. Tasks and Skills

Asheesh has a good understanding of the technical side of Debian.
He answered my questions without any problems and was very eager to fix
bugs. He is also very friendly and enthusiastic.

5. Recommendation

I recommend to accept Asheesh as a Debian Developer.

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