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AM report for Andrew Shadura

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I recommend to accept Andrew Shadura as a Debian Developer.

1. Identification & Account Data
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   First name:      Andrew
   Middle name:     -
   Last name:       Shadura
   Key fingerprint: 782130B4C9944247977B82FD6EA4D2311A2D268D
   Account:         andrewsh

His key is 4096 bits and sign by many DD (including myself, we met at
FOSDEM this year).

2. Background
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I was born and have lived most of my life in Belarus, a country with
currently only one Debian Developer, but recently I relocated to Orava,
a hilly Northern part of Slovakia, and currently doing embedded software
development in a small company here. I've studied computer science in
Belarusian state university of informatics and radioelectronics, and
have received my Master's degree in 2010.
[1] See at the end of the rest of the (long) bio

3. Philosophy and Procedures
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Andrew has a very good knowledge of Debian's philosophy and procedures
and answered all my questions about the social contract, DFSG, BTS, etc.
in an great way. He has committed to uphold the SC and DFSG in his
Debian work and accepts the DMUP.

4. Tasks and Skills
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Andrew has a great understanding of the technical side of Debian.
He also answered my other questions regarding T&S without any problems
and provided patches for RC bugs.

5. Recommendation
- -----------------

I recommend to accept Andrew as a Debian Developer.


I have been always interested in computers and technology, since the
early childhood. I've got my first computer at age of 8; it was a
homebrew version of famous ZX Spectrum, which I was programming in
BASIC and, later, machine codes (I had no assembler, unfortunately, so
I had to calculate opcodes on sheets of paper). Since then things have
changed, and I've been using various versions of DOS and Windows for a
long time, but was rather unsatisfied with amounts of work needed
to discover and use undocumented interfaces of both, as well with their
bugs. The first UNIX-like system I discovered was one-diskette version
of QNX. I was excited to see something completely different, but rather
limited abilities of it made me look for something else. Later I've
found one-diskette (again) Linux distribution called Trinux, but that
didn't get me any real further; at the same time local 'downgraders'
movement's got me involved, so I spent some more years diving into
FreeDOS, GEM, ViewMAX and other ancient systems and their open source
incarnations. I've not been using Linux yet, but the idea of having
software free as in Freedom and open sourced really made me excited.

My first real experience with Linux was in 2005 at computer
department of my university, where I've found a person, Denis Pynkin,
ALT Linux developer, from whom I received a copy of ALT Linux 2.2
Master, which I installed the next day. I had no sound, problems with X
server (as I hadn't much experience, of course), but it still was great
to have a real working Linux system. However, those problems prevented
me from having it as the preferred OS at that time.

One year later, in the Laboratory of Analytical Systems of Belarusian
state university, I've got an account at 'black', local server running
Debian 'sarge'. And that was really great! I asked a colleague of mine
to help me with installing it, and he debootstrapped sarge to my hard
drive. That machine, 'fidonode' I called it, was running for a long time
in my flat till 2009 when it was finally replaced by a small MIPS
router. Few months after getting my first Debian, I have installed
then-testing etch to my desktop computer, and made in my main
(since 2007 --- the only one) operating system.

Since I started using Debian, I've become interested in improving it,
and at some point I began reporting bugs and making patches to the
software I use. However, my first real interest in contributing to
Debian came in mid-2009, when someone said that making packages for
Debian is very hard, and I replied with something like 'there's nothing
easier than it', and got a reply 'then package my software: let's see
how long would it take'. So in just few hours I made a package for
gdigi, which I never got uploaded; later I handed it to Ahmed Toulan
which found a sponsor for it; we do the packaging work on that package

During one of the LVEE conferences, I met Dmitry Borodaenko, the only
Belarusian DD, and he encouraged me to contribute to Debian more, and
to become a Debian Developer in future.

First real package I became maintainer for was tclxml; thanks to
Francesco Lovergine for uploading it. Later, other packages were added
to the list of my responsibilities. Much work was done in c=C3=B6operation
with Jakub Wilk, which has guided me a lot and uploaded many of my
packages. Sometimes a bit nitpicky, he's caught many issues in my
packages, I'd like to thank him for that. Barak Pearlmutter helped
me with my interest in IPv6 and related technologies, we've made two
packages together.

In late 2010, I became interested in fixing some bugs in ifupdown,
Debian's network configuration tool, and with help from Roger Leigh I
later became its maintainer. Since then, we've done many improvements
to ifupdown, and I hope we can have it in a really good shape in
wheezy. Also, I have plans on improving ifupdown even further, so users
can get better experience with network configuration.

Also, I've done few NMUs to other packages and joined Perl packaging
team. Apart from my interest in Debian I also contribute to various
free and open source projects, and I have some FOSS projects of my own;
sometimes I even write patches to software I use just once or twice.
=46rom time to time I contribute to Wikipedia, and also, on a quite
regular basis, to OpenStreetMap.

After becoming a DD I'd also like to help bringing some packages into
good shape, mainly Tcl- and, probably, GIS-related, as many of them
certainly need some work to be done, and corresponding teams seem to
lack time and working hands to do that.

Tl;dr version of all the above: I'd really like to made Debian
better, and I think I can :)

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