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AM report for Mikhail Gusarov

1. Identification & Account Data
   First name:      Mikhail
   Middle name:     
   Last name:       Gusarov
   Key fingerprint: A26F54C8
   Account:         dottedmag
   Forward email:   dottedmag@dottedmag.net

   ID check passed, key signed by 3 existing developers:

   Output from keycheck.sh:
   pub   1024D/A26F54C8 2004-06-14
      Key fingerprint = 4D8A DAC8 CD9E 50D0 024D  7436 BEC7 BF3B A26F 54C8
  uid                  Mikhail Gusarov <dottedmag@dottedmag.net>
  sig!         F28CD102 2007-01-10  Stephan A Suerken <absurd@schlund.de>
  sig!         10726171 2008-08-25  Wartan Hachaturow <wartan.hachaturow@gmail.com>
  sig!3        FDA6B6A9 2007-01-13  Igor Stroh <stroh@scan-plus.de>
  1 bad signature
 25 signatures not checked due to missing keys
 Let's test if its a version 4 or greater key
 Key is OpenPGP version 4 or greater.  Good!
 Check for key expire stuff
 Valid "e" flag on key 0xBEC7BF3BA26F54C8, no expiration
 Valid "s" flag on key 0xBEC7BF3BA26F54C8, no expiration


2. Background
   Applicant writes:
    I'm software developer slowly gravitating towards architecture (I've spent
  last year on the position of systems architect) with strong interest in
  usability (you might be interested in my technical skills, I have a short
  resume at http://dottedmag.net/mikhail-gusarov-resume). I came to the Linux and
  free software in the search for the software which is flexible enough to be
  adapted to my personal needs and habits in UI and computing. Then I realized
  that open source (emphasizing technical side) is superior software development
  model, and free software (emphasizing polictical side) is the solution for the
  "selling air" brain-damageness in proprietary software.
  I've tried several distributions and found that Debian is very flexible and
  usable from the developer's standpoint, and contains most of the software I
  need. I'm using Debian on dozen of computers, and regularely package software I
  use. Recently I've started uploading my packages to Debian, to avoid
  duplication of work I've done by someone else.
  I'd like to volunteer my time to Debian because I use it regularely. I'd like
  to work on mainaining more packages in Debian (probably freeing someone else
  resourses to do another work), and probably on unifying and making more
  accessible all the assorted services exist for debian developers (I'd call
  current state of developer services a mess: some highly usable services reside
  are on debian.~user, some are on external resources, and all of them look
  different and behave different, duplicate each other etc).
  Another area of my interest is the better desktop integration, not in the sense
  of KDE/Gnome bloatware, but in the basic features which influence the usability
  of desktop and notebooks, such as initsystems, mailcap, X clipboard handling
  and other things which do not belong to the single package, but need to be
  performed in many packages (I call it "horizontal integration", opposed to the
  "vertical integration" when integration is performed in the group of highly
  coupled packages). Debian is brilliant server operating system, and might
  become brilliant desktop one if some more energy is put into it.
  What I would like to get from becoming DD? Mostly the voting permission: I'd
  like to influence the development of the operating system I'm using and I think
  I have knowledge to use my voice in the wise way.

   Google says:
   Google shows several activities in the Software world like speaker at froscon. 
   He also showed up on several mailinglists. Nothing special here. 

3. Philosophy and Procedures
   Mikhail 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. Mikhail committed to uphold the SC and DFSG
   in his Debian work and accepts the DMUP.

4. Tasks and Skills
   Mikhail has a good understanding of the technical side of Debian.
   Mikhail is maintainer of several (15) packages sponsored by me and others 
   (mostly the python team). 
   All packages are in good shape.
   Mikhail also answered my other questions regarding T&S without problems
   and provided patches for RC bugs.

5. Recommendation
   I recommend to accept Mikhail as a Debian Developer.

Thanks for your attention


P.S. Any delays in that application were my fault. Time to reduce my debian

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