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Devin Carraway <devin@debian.org>

  "Background: I started with Linux in 1993, in college.  I came into it
  from a background in the WWIV BBS community, which included a largish
  group of people exchanging modifications to the BBS source; without
  benefit of the Internet or exposure the free software movement, that
  group had discovered in vague terms the benefits of open source -- most
  significantly the ability to tear software open, make changes, and pass
  those modifications on for others' benefit.  That community died out
  with the popularization of the Internet (and its remnants have never
  gotten out of the proprietary rut the software was stuck in).  I
  gradually transitioned myself towards Linux while working on my CS
  degree.  Since then I've conducted essentially all of my career using
  free software, as a sysadmin, web and embedded software engineer.   I'm
  enthusiastic about the use of OSS as a fundamentally correct way of
  doing things with computers.  It's also one of the main reasons I like
  my work so much -- it enables working with software to be a process of
  understanding rather than just doing."

  Devin currently maintains acme, quelcom and sawfish-themes.

David Weinehall <tao@debian.org>

  "Well, I've been maintainer of the 2.0-kernel of Linux for quite some
  time, I'm an old C64 programmer, but since several year I'lve been
  programming on Linux. I began using Linux and Free Software because I
  grew tired of buggy software and the fact that did not have full control
  over my system.

  The reason I want to volunteer time is to give something back. I feel
  that I have something to give."

  David has a really funny web page at http://www.acc.umu.se/~tao/

Paul Cupis <cupis@debian.org>

  Paul currently maintains cdbakeoven, doctorj and guarddog.

Brian Nelson <pyro@debian.org>

  "I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, but I find computer science far
  more interesting :) .  I programmed professionally throughout college
  and for a couple years after I graduated.  I programmed mostly in C++,
  especially with the Qt toolkit, but also have experience with C, Perl,
  Java, Fortran, and others.  Now, I'm looking toward pursuing a graduate
  degree in computer science.

  I was first introduced to Linux back in 1995 by my college roommate.
  The merits of free software were obvious to me even back then, when
  Linux was far more raw than it is now.  Since then, I've always had
  Linux installed on one machine or another and have been through the
  whole gamut of distributions, including Slackware, Redhat, Mandrake, and
  Corel, before finally turning to Debian in early 2001.

  I've decided to volunteer my time to Debian for several reasons.  First
  of all, I love the Debian community; there are some amazing and
  brilliant people involved in the Debian project.  Through the community,
  I've learned far more in the past 2 years than I did in my previous five
  years of Linux usage.  Second, I enjoy the openness and democratic
  nature of the project.  I find it very satisfying that anything I
  contribute, whether through package maintainance or by simply voicing my
  opinions and views on the mailing lists, can have a direct impact on the
  project.  Finally, after using free software for several years, I enjoy
  giving back to the free software community.

  I have an assortment of interests regarding the Debian project.  Most of
  my work thusfar with Debian has been in package development.  However,
  I've also contributed documentation to Osamu's "Debian Reference" guide.
  Furthermore, I've done some QA work by sending patches to the BTS.
  Finally, I regularly offer support to Debian users on the mailing lists.
  In the future, I plan to continue these activities, and would also like
  to explore some other areas of the project.  For example, I've been
  keeping an eye on debian-installer development, and I'm hoping to find
  some time in the near future to do some hacking on it."

  Brian currently maintains: aspell-en, libclass-singleton-perl,
  libcrypt-unixcrypt-perl, libtext-aspell-perl, pornview, qtella, scoop.

Giuseppe Sacco <eppesuig@debian.org>

  "As you might imaging I am an italian, and I like it, but I like to
  know how different peoples think. That's why I went to a far
  university and the I worked for a foreign company.

  I went to many countries in europe and (once) in central america.
  And now i stay in Italy.  That's way now I have time to spend on
  Debian. I used to "only" coordinating the italian translation
  because I did not had enough time. But now I think should be

  Free Software has always been something I trusted: when I was at the
  university I founded a meeting of Amiga developers. This meeting was
  for exchanging informations and free software.

  More than free software I trust free information, that's why I
  started on w.d.o.  If I recall correclt Free Information is one of
  the social contract points.  For the very same reason I write
  articles for www.diff.org, an italian webzine for DIFFerent

Robert Millan <rmh@debian.org>

  "I'm a young computer-science student who has been interested
  on GNU/Linux systems for quite some time.

  I initially came to free software because it was technically superior
  to the platform I normally used (windows); when i had some experience
  with it I found the importance of it being 'free', and became
  compromised with the free software movement.

  Then I found the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, i were told that
  it was hold by a volunteering effort and that their objectives were
  freedom and quality, rather than benefits and market share.

  I found it to my liking that a group or people could be generously
  spending lots of time and effort to produce a good for the computer
  user, so I decided to help with my spare time."

  Robert currently maintaints bochs, plex86, plex86-doc, tubesock and

Mats Rynge <mats@debian.org>

  "About me: I'm 25 years old and I am originally from Sweden. For about 
  five years ago I moved to Los Angeles with my girlfriend and went back
  to school. At the moment I'm attending my last quarter as a CS undergrad
  at UCLA. I also work part time for School of Engineering porting free
  software to AIX (http://aixpdslib.seas.ucla.edu). Our packages are
  simple tar.gz's, and we do not have to worry about the base system,
  but the porting part is more challenging. I basically see it as a good
  experinece for becoming a Debian developer.

  I'm an officer of the UCLA LUG (http://linux.ucla.edu), in which I am
  of course trying to convert everybody to Debian. :) Just in our lounge
  we have about 10 servers/users x86 boxes, one G4, and one SparcStation
  running Debian. The next project is an SGI box that was donated by the
  CS department...

  I was introduced to Linux around 1995 (IIRC...). I went to a small
  computer convention and saw Linux running X and the app that really
  impressed me was xdaliclock (the one that "melts"). I bought a book that
  included a Slackware CD. I got really hooked and it went from there to
  Red Hat and then Debian 1.3.

  I also started the linuxprogramming.com website, which I ran for a
  couple of years. It was then aquired by Internet.com, and they shut it
  down for about a year ago.

  So, I do feel that it is time to give something back to Debian and the
  Debian community. As you can tell, I already give up a lot of time to
  Linux and open source/free software, and the basic reason behind it is
  of course that I really like the mentality of open source."

Stefan Schimanski <schimmi@debian.org>

  "With my knowledge of KDE I try help in packaging KDE3 for Debian
  currently which unfortunately is not in Sid yet. Moreover I
  frequently package applications I need for my own work. I would love
  to not only do this for my own, but contribute my work to the
  project. For instance I did the proofgeneral package which is already
  in Sid, sponsored by Ralf Treinen. I am working on the whole Isabelle
  tool chain (http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/, a popular
  theorem prover) currently to get it integrated into Debian."

Takeshi YAEGASHI <yaegashi@debian.org>

  Takeshi is interested in embedded systems and wants to port Debian to
  the SuperH (SH) architecture.  He has already maintained his own Debian
  distribution for SH for the last 6 months at http://debian.dodes.org/.
  Takeshi has also ported eCos to the Playstation and is involved with
  Linux on the Playstation.  He's generally interested in Linux on Linux on
  embedded systems, "I've tried many Linux ports almost just for fun at my
  leisure.  And I love GNU/Linux and the free programming environment.
  It would be great if I could use GNU/Linux on my handheld devices and
  game consoles rather than pre-installed software."

Martin A. Godisch <godisch@debian.org>

  "Well, I'm a 24 year old student of computer science at Dresden University
  of Technology. My first computer I bought in 1991, and mainly used it for
  programming Turbo Pascal. I came to Linux in 1997 when I began my studies,
  and the first distribution I tried was SuSE. A little later I also tried
  Debian Bo, RedHat, and Slackware. I continued then using SuSE until the
  release of Slink and then I changed to Debian. I also had some competent
  Debian mentors at university, e.g. the admin of ftp.de.debian.org. Today
  I'm using Debian at home and at work and I'm responsible for several
  servers at university and some workstations and notebooks, all running

  Besides administration my main interest is IT security, that includes
  things like cryptography, anonymity/pseudonymity, firewalls, intrusion
  detection. I would like to extract some of my ideas concerning security in
  order to make Debian a little more secure by default. In my free time I
  often do programming, mostly helpers for administrative tasks. Sometimes a
  piece of software can be extracted which may be usefull for others as
  well, so I found out that it's a nice feeling to know that other people
  use software written by oneself. I enjoy receiving feature requests from
  the end of the world and to fullfill them, maybe making someone happy..."

Oliver Kurth <oku@debian.org>

  "I am author of 'masqmail', which is an MTA designed for hosts without 
  permanent internet conection (eg. hosts/small LANs at home, notebooks,
  possibly PDAs). I maintain the debian package of it, it was previously
  maintained by Gregor Hoffleit (flight@debian.org), but he orphaned it.

  I would also maintain other packages, and I am already looking for
  interesting packages. Since I have experience in creating installation
  CDs, I may also help with the debian-installer or pgi."

  Oliver currently maintains five packages: masqmail, ifplugd, dumpasn1,
  tcpreen and memtester.  He has a few other packages in his non-official

Emmanuel le Chevoir <mms@debian.org>

  Emmanuel currently maintains fluxconf and xsmbrowser.

Mark J Ray <mjr@debian.org>

  MJ Ray is involved in the Association For Free Software

  "While sysadminning Debian systems, I backported packages from unstable
  and testing to run on stable and locally packaged other software.  I've
  tried to help in reporting and fixing bugs in Debian packages.  It's
  actually one of those bugfixes that has finally made me bow to Thom
  [May]'s pressure and apply for NM: wily, a package I use every session,
  has been orphaned and then booted out of debian with a long list of silly

Guillem Jover <guillem@debian.org>

  "I'm interested in:
      maintaining packages
      qa work
      porting packages to the Hurd, BSDs, m68k, PowerPC, mips (for PSX2)  
      using debain on clusters (beowulf)
      get debconf on all install-time interactive packages
      i18n somehow

  My first contact with computers was with a MSX Hit-Bit 55P, only to play.
  Then the first IBM PC appeared in my home in 1992, used m$dos for some
  years, dual booting it with Win9x, and later with WinNT.

  In 1996 wanted to learn to program and my first try was Qbasic (only
  with the m$dos help system), two days reading and gave up (was so
  horrible ;), then I got a book about Turbo Pascal.

  I was very interested in the system internals, so learned Assembler.
  Found Ralf Brown Interrupt List, and went down and down on m$dos.
  More low level docs came to feed my mind.

  I needed a powerful low-level language, so C was next, also C++.
  Discovered DJGPP and the beauties of free software. Discovered Linux and
  bought a book about SVR4, obtained a Slackware 3.1 and started trying
  it from a boot disk. Also learned by reading alot of free softwre src
  code, specially the linux kernel src.

  In 1997 learned Shell script, and Awk. Got Internet access and built
  an intranet in my home, my interest in networking grew more than the
  simple multigame IPX/SPX experiences over serial links in m$dos days.

  In 1998 switched to Debian Hamm, until now, using Woody, Sarge and Sid.
  3D got my interest, and started thinking about a 3D artificial life
  simulator. Also an excuse to implement and reuse a 3D engine for a pet
  OS I had in mind. My cluster needs expaned as I envisioned that the
  simulator would be a very high processor consumer, and started
  accumulating old Pentium boxes (currently 24, including a dual Pentium).

  In 1999 learned tcl/tk and javascript, but as I have not used them much,
  I'm not good at those.

  In 2000 I got curious about Lisp, so took some books from the library.
  Also near the end of the year I _delurked_ in a newsgroup, and started
  contributing back to the comunity at first throught the news, then
  subscribed to some debian mailing lists, and started posting.

  In 2001 as part of two classes I had to learn SML and Prolog. Completed
  my switch to Debian.  Subcribed to alot of Debian mailing lists, and
  decided finally to take some steps to became a DD (if accepted), taking
  advantage of a cheap travel to Madrid (as in Barcelona there are no DDs)
  to meet with Amaya to get my gpg key signed. Since then I have been
  learning the Debian internals, habits, sending patches to the bts, and
  preparing to be a DD.

  2002 reached, installed the Hurd and ported some applications, I hope
  to have time and install also some of the BSD familiy to help the
  porting efforts, also to put my hands on my father's PowerPC.

  I have always felt that software should be free (really all things,
  but maybe that is too much uthopic :). When I discovered free software,
  it was like a light at the end of a tunnel, since then I'm a strong
  supporter, and try to use only free software, develop and help
  improve it, believing that this can bring us a better world."

Thanks to James Troup for approving those people and to the AMs/NMs for
writing the summaries.
Martin Michlmayr

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