I recommend to accept Matthias Klumpp as a Debian Developer. 1. Identification & Account Data -------------------------------- First name: Matthias Last name: Klumpp Key fingerprint: D33A3F0CA16B0ACC51A60738494C8A5FBF4DECEB Account: mak 2. Background ------------- ---- I am a student of Molecular Biomedicine at the university of Bonn in Germany at time. I use Linux for about 7 years now, starting some time ago with OpenSUSE. I guess my first motivation to try Linux was just curiosity. After using Fedora, I relatively quick came to Debian, then switched to Ubuntu for some time and then went back to Debian again. While my first motivation to enter the free software world was curiosity, I stayed because I think that free software is very important for us in our modern information-based society, and that it can really change the world (probably not the software itself, but the people who are committed to free software and prove that collaboration is always possible.) Of course, my interest in mathematics and informatics was also a huge reason to stay. My main areas of interest are multimedia, package-management and distribution/desktop collaboration, where package-management is probably the area where I am most active at the moment. I am a PackageKit developer and contribute also to other Freedesktop projects. I am also a KDE developer, mainly active in the area of integrating Freedesktop technology with KDE and adjusting both to work well together. My main field of work has been (trying to) solve the question how users can easily install new software on their Linux machines and how developers can distribute their software. Some of this work is already running in the Ubuntu Software Center on Ubuntu. I am developer of the AppStream components, a Freedesktop-Project and Cross-Distro collaboration which makes it possible to build applications like the Ubuntu Software Center, but in a way that they can work on multiple distributions and distributions can share as much data as possible. (which makes it possible to develop stuff like e.g. GNOME Software) I am also the maintainer of Listaller, a new approach for installing applications in a cross-distro way. The project contains many good concepts, but is still a little bit experimental (but working good for some people who are already using it). On the Debian side I fixed the projectM packaging (by rewriting some parts of it upstream), made packagekit and related stuff available, helped implementing debconf for KDE and did many other minor changes. I also initiated the DEP-11 proposal together with Michael Vogt and Julian Andres Klode, which will make it possible to have much more useful metadata for Debian archives and which will avoid some workarounds Ubuntu uses to provide a Software Center. (DEP-11 is currently pending implementation) This summer, I participated in the Google Summer of Code for OpenSUSE as part of their distro-interoperability track. I did many invasive changes on PackageKit during that time, implementing some advanced features there, and I also added changes to make the Ubuntu Software Center a little bit more distribution-neutral. It is now working even on Fedora (but it's still a little bit slow). One of the results of this SoC project is also the AppStream core library to access application metadata using a GObject interface, which allows anyone to build a software center by just using the new APIs combined with PackageKit. For the future, I plan to continue and finish all the stuff I already started, including some enhancements in Apt/Dpkg, e.g. to make packages properly state if a reboot is required. - These changes will give Debian first-class application management support for desktop users. (of course, all non-GUI installations won't notice any change) I also would like to get involved in the Debian Medical Team to support them in providing the software I have to use in the lab daily. I like programming in GLib/C and Vala or Qt/C++. ----
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