I hereby support Stephen Leake's application as Debian Maintainer and advocate him. I already advocated him for Debian Developer and I still do; but we both feel that applying for Debian Maintainer as a first step is sensible. So sensible in fact that I have already added DM-Upload-Allowed: to his packages. Stephe has been working with me on Debian packaging for a couple of years now. He now has a few packages in testing; some that he adopted From me and some that he added on his own. I have been mentoring and sponsoring his packages for many months now. But Stephe's biggest contribution so far is invisible in the Debian package tracking system: he was a major force behind the refinement of the Debian Policy for Ada, which, with the Fourth Edition for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", has set a new standard for a Policy document and within the worldwide Ada community. Indeed some other distributions are now trying to learn from Debian and see Debian as a reference. I think that this is not so much because of the outstanding quality of the Ada packages than because of the Policy that unites them; Stephe is to be thanked for this.  http://people.debian.org/~lbrenta/debian-ada-policy.html  http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ports/2009-November/057661.html  http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.ada/msg/e2dcfc933fa93d4f Stephe shows great attention to detail, amazing dedication and a deep understanding of the ideas behind Free Software. This mail is GPG-signed. -- Ludovic Brenta.
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