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AM report for Stephen Kitt

I recommend to accept Stephen Kitt as a Debian Developer.

1. Identification & Account Data
   First name:      Stephen
   Middle name:     -
   Last name:       Kitt
   Key fingerprint: 79D9 C58C 50D6 B5AA 65D5  30C1 7597 78A9 A36B 494F
   Account:         skitt

2. Background

I'm a 35-year-old father of three, moonlighting as an IT consultant by day. I
wear multiple hats; I work mainly as a Java EE and UNIX/GNU/Linux specialist,
but recently I've diverted into automated deployment and operational
research (appointment scheduling and route planning).

I came to GNU/Linux via LaTeX and the GNU tools on DOS: my maths teacher
introduced me to LaTeX, gnuplot and DJGPP back in 1992. Shortly thereafter I
came across UNIX, first IRIX then HPUX; then got to know SunOS/Solaris
rather well at Edinburgh University where I started in 1995. I wanted to
replicate the lab environment on my own PC, so I bought a hundred floppy
disks (!) and downloaded Slackware 3.0... Back in those days getting course
software (coded for Solaris) working on Slackware wasn't always trivial, so I
got used to working with source code a lot, and started the merry
source-based upgrade dance. Eventually I got my libraries messed up, which
coincided with my winning a Debian 2.0 CD set from the Linux Emporium, so
sometime in 1998 I switched to Debian and never looked back. In fact the
computer I'm using just now still runs the same installation, dist-upgraded
and copied many times over the years - the oldest files in /etc date back to

I started contributing beyond bug reports to Debian when packages I was using
ended up orphaned, and no-one stepped up to adopt them. My first package was
joystick in 2008, then gnurobbo in 2009, mail-notification (unofficially),
mednafen, gob2, stella and the mingw-w64 toolchain in 2010, jstest-gtk,
evtest, gdmap, oss-compat in 2011 and koules and wine-gecko in 2012. I've
also contributed to game-data-packager; in fact gaming underlies much of my
work in Debian - even my work on the mingw-w64 toolchain came about so that
wine-gecko could be packaged, which was necessary to get newer versions of
wine in!

My primary area of interest in Debian is now the mingw-w64 toolchain. In
particular I'd like to end up with a situation similar to that in Fedora,
with a number of libraries packaged as well as the basic toolchain. This
would involve introducing a partial Windows architecture for Debian...

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