This is a summary of the AM report for Week Ending 13 Feb 2005.
5 applicants became maintainers.
Peter De Schrijver <p2>
I have been using linux since the early 90's. I'm a free embedded software
developer for a living. I mainly work on kernel ports to new platforms,
device drivers and firmware. I own and use most of the architectures which
are in debian. I intend to work mainly on porting issues within Debian. I
also have strong interest in networking. Amongst the packages I maintain are
atm-tools, coriander and openwince-jtag.
Philipp Kern <pkern>
Using Linux since 1999 I stumbled quite soon over Debian. I brought
myself a box and was quickly addicted of its package management which
appeared a lot more experienced than the others around like RPM. I
used it on my desktop box and began to dig into the internas of the
packages and -- as I had a lot of spare time -- tried to package some
for fun. Today I'm skilled with scripting languages like Ruby, PHP,
Python & sh just as with the more real programming languages like
LISP (mainly Scheme), C and a bit of Java. I hope that the Debian
project could benefit of the young enthusiasm I would bring in.
Jose M. Moya <josem>
I work as a research assistant at the Technical University of Madrid,
where I am involved in several research and industrial projects based on
free software. My main interests include embedded systems development,
and hardware-software codesign. Of course, we use Debian on most of our
machines. I also installed and partly maintain the firewall, mail
servers, spam filters, and DNS servers for the Department of Electronic
Engineering (all of them Debian-based machines).
What I intend to do for Debian is mainly (at least initially) package
management. I intend to maintain some packages that are useful for us
and are probably useful for others.
As I get more confident with the Debian internals and procedures I would
also like to help in debugging and testing, and infraestructure tasks.
My first GNU/Linux system was a SLS distribution with Linux 0.99pl15
(1992? 1993?). Then I discovered the GNU project and the GNU
Manifesto. Since then, I am an energetic advocate of software freedom.
I have contributed to the GNU Hurd project (I worked for 3 months at
Cambridge under the supervision of RMS) and some minor patches to the
For my PhD thesis I built a hardware-software compiler based on GCC.
Thomas Schmidt <tschmidt>
I am 23 years old, living near Erfurt, Germany and i study computer
science at the Tecnical University of Ilmenau. My first contact with
computers was in 1991 with a C64, i got my first PC in 1996 and in
late 1998 a schoolfriend told me about Linux and free software. Since
that time i was very interested in the idea of free software, but my
first own experiences with Linux (an evaluation version of SuSE 6.1)
were not very successful. In late 1999 i started a second attempt to
use Linux on one of my computers as OS for a gameserver. Since then i
was using Linux regularly on my computers, and in early 2001 i had my
first contact with Debian. As soon as i realized the various advantages
(mainly the impressive package-managment) of Debian i did not want to
use anything else.
In summer 2002 i started to make Debian-Packages for the
developerversion of vdr, the Video Disk Recorder -
http://www.cadsoft.de/people/kls/vdr/ , but i did not try to get
these packages in the official archive. In late 2003 Andreas Mller
took over maintainership of the orphaned vdr and he took my packages,
since the i am in contact with him and i helped him fixing some bugs.
In april this year i started the pkg-vdr-dvb-project on alioth to
be able to improve the packages in a team, and at the moment we are
adding most of the features of c't-vdr (a special Debian-based
Distribution for vdr from the german c't-magazine) back to the
In the moment my focus is the further improvement of the vdr and
vdr-related packages in Debian, but i plan also to help in other parts
of Debian, as far as my time allows.
S. Zachariah Sprackett <zacs>
Zac Sprackett has been involved with Linux professionally for many
years. He was a software engineer at Corel Computer Corp. where he
worked on the NetWinder and cofounded netwinder.org. Following his
time at Corel he went to work at VA Linux Systems where he was a
lead engineer and designer on the VA Cluster Manager (VACM). Zac is
currently employed by Mitel where he specializes in SIP and other
VoIP based products.