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AM report for Mike Gabriel

I recommend to accept Mike Gabriel as a Debian Developer.

1. Identification & Account Data
   First name:      Mike
   Middle name:     -
   Last name:       Gabriel
   Key fingerprint: 9BFBAEE86C0AA5FFBF2207829AF46B3025771B31
   Account:         sunweaver

2. Background

== About me ==

My name is Mike Gabriel, I am 39 years old and I live in  
Neudorf-Bornstein (between Kiel and Eckernförde), Germany. I am  
partially employed as a system administrator and partially running a  
business as IT consultant and from time to time get contracted as a  
free software developer.

During the last 4 years, I have also attended classes in osteopathy.  
Before that I have studied Visionary Cranio Sacral Work(TM) and worked  
in my own practise. The osteopathy training is currently on hold due  
to a recent family re-configuration (see below).

Privately, I live with a wonderful wife and one to four children  
(patchwork family). The eldest daughter is 15 years old, the youngest  
son is only seven months young, the other two girls are in the middle  
range of the spectrum (7 and 11).

== How I came to GNU/Linux and free software ==

I got in contact with free software at the Ecology Centre, Kiel  
University. Unfortunately, the institute does not exist in its  
original form anymore, but at one of the high tides of the institute  
(2003-2006) I had the pleasure of being head of the network  
administration team. As the workgroup's head, one of my tasks was to  
coordinate provision of IT infrastructure for natural scientific  
research and teaching to the whole institute. The server backend  
(Samba, DB services, Plone server, mail server, ..) was fully based on  
GNU/Linux (Debian).

However, at that time and still till 2010 I had mostly been a power  
user of GNU/Linux, only from time to time contributing to free open  
source projects (e.g. product contributions to Plone, patch  
contributions to Horde and Kolab).

In 2010, my partner and I personally met Kurt Gramlich (Debian Edu  
project) and that was the trigger point for starting to contribute  
continuously to several free software projects, mostly Debian Edu and  
X2Go at first.

Since then, I have become one of the core developers of X2Go and I  
also am an active member of the Debian Edu development group. Lately,  
I have worked a lot together with Lisandro Pérez Meyer, who became my  
regular Debian sponsor somewhere in spring 2012. A big thanks to  
Lisandro from here!!!

Locally, together with two friends and cooperation partners, I have  
set up a free software project for schools around Kiel. During the  
last year we have deployed Debian Edu squeeze at four schools  
in/around Kiel and we are about to sign regular support contracts with  
the first schools. The special approach in this project (name:  
IT-Zukunft Schule) is to combine communication skills with free  
software based technologies and to enrol people in the concept of free  
software, transparent workflows, turning errors into a learning  
process, etc.

== Why I want to volunteer my time ==

Volunteering my time for free software projects is what I currently  
do, anyway. Becoming a member of the Debian community, though, will  
surely increase my efficiency in the work I already do, I guess.

The reason for giving my time to free software development is: I  
strongly believe that using free software is (one of ) _the_ world's  

Making high quality (multi-lingual) software and its (multi-lingual)  
documentation available to everyone, will facilitate the communication  
of people from all over the world. Free software can facilitate  
education in parts of the worlds where the payments of license costs  
are simply unaffordable. Recently, I got really touched when I saw the  
ITP for gnuhealth--a project providing hospital administration as free  

However, also as a sustainable business model, I continuously  
recommend the re-input from business projects into free software  
development, where possible. If a free software is already used inside  
the company and e.g. an add-on feature is developed internally, my  
recommendation for the development workflow is to propose the work to  
upstream under a free license at the end of the development cycle and  
consult upstream at certain stages of the development process, as well.

Another aspect of volunteering is this: Becoming a permanent  
contributor to the free software realm during the last two years has  
got me in touch with so many people from so many different places. The  
natural process of getting networked with other developers from all  
over the planet simply feels awesome!!!

== Contributions I made to Debian ==

1. Packaging
I am maintaining the packages listed at [0]. I have worked with the  
Debian Edu (packaging) team and am one of the founders of the quite  
new X2Go packaging team (together with Reinhard Tartler). I prefer  
maintaining packages in team contexts where possible, so I contacted  
other Debian teams while uploading the following packages (actually:  
having had the following packages uploaded by Lisandro): DMEM for  
fullscreen-extension, reloadevery; DPMT for python-pampy.

[0] http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=mike.gabriel%40das-netzwerkteam.

2. Debian Edu
For my work around Debian Edu, you can read an interview that Petter  
Reinholdtsen did with me [1]. I have been a core contributor for the  
auto-configuration of the Debian Edu (squeeze) main-server as a Samba  
PDC. (The Kerberos part of the work are Andreas Mundt's laurels!!!)


3. Becoming a Debian Maintainer (DM)
On Oct 13th 2012 Lisandro has advocated me becoming a DM, so the  
status is still very fresh[2]. However, Petter Reinholdtsen gave the  
impulse (first by mistake, he mixed up DM and DD in my application  
mail) to advocate me becoming a DD right away [3]. Lisandro agreed  
with that [4] after a private communication between the two and so  
here we go... :-)

[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-newmaint/2012/10/msg00028.html
[3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-newmaint/2012/10/msg00040.html
[4] http://lists.debian.org/debian-newmaint/2012/10/msg00042.html

4. Work on the debbugs software
While setting up the debbugs software for the X2Go upstream project, I  
sent several patches to Don Armstrong for review. All of the patches  
got committed to debbugs.git's master branch (with one follow-up  
commit with a minor fix) [5].


== Primary areas of interest, goals ==

I am particularly involved in X2Go development, currently. At the very  
moment I am working on a community version of an X2Go Session Broker  
implemented in Python using the web.py framework.

X2Go is mostly developed and tested on Debian systems. A customer of  
mine is really focused on getting X2Go closer to Ubuntu, as well, so  
that will take some focus for my future upstream X2Go development, as  

For the next months I also have plans to support Andreas Mundt with  
his fresh (and also already quite mature) Debian LAN project. I see  
Debian LAN as the potential for an underlying network site  
configuration tool for Debian blends like Debian Edu or Debian Med.

For balancing out that amount of computer based work during the week,  
I go swimming several times per week. The rest of my time currently  
belongs to my family, esp. my new born son and my wonderful wife. In  
2013 I hope to pick up my osteopathy training again and finalize those  

Eugene V. Lyubimkin aka JackYF, JID: jackyf.devel(maildog)gmail.com
C++ GNU/Linux userspace developer, Debian Developer

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