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1 January 2012

Tanguy Ortolo: Debian Developper

Debian red swirl For this new year I got a quite specific present : a Debian Developer account. Of course this is not an end by itself but rather a beginning, or perhaps a continuation of my modest effort to contribute to the greater good of our users and free software. As an introduction, I would like to quickly explain how I came to this point, and I also have some people to thank.

Debianist journey
First family computer, a PC running Microsoft Windows 98. I became a power-user, and I progressively replaced all the pieces of that computer, except it operating system (though I reinstalled it several times).
First contact with GNU/Linux: at my preparatory school, we use XEmacs and Kile under Mandrake Linux 9.2 to do some works in Caml Light and LaTeX. I start enjoying free software at home, with Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and Libre^
2005, preparatory school
I try Knoppix at home and eventually install Mandriva Linux 10.2 for my own use. Since then I have never used Microsoft Windows for personal work any more.
2005, engineer school
I integrate Centrale Paris and I join the team of VIA Centrale R seaux, which I believe is a known den of debianists. So I start using Debian on my personal laptop.
Debian power-user. I start reporting bugs.
First small contributions: some of my bug reports now include patches. I also start maintaining a French training document about Debian: formation Debian GNU/Linux.
First packaging work with the help of adn, a modification and split of frozen-bubble to have a server-only package (contribution finally refused, actually).
First package: I adopt dokuwiki with the help of adn. I become a Debian Maintainer, with the intent of applying as a Debian Member later.
I am now a Debian Developer, responsible for a handful of packages and able to do NMUs and to sponsor new contributors.
As you may guess, I have always been a tinkerer, about computers but also about bikes (the ones that work with manpower, not the ones that make noise and smoke ;-)). And I also always wanted to publish my works somehow, because I hate to think that someone could have to do again some reusable work I had to do before instead of taking advantage of it. Well, it happened that free software was a way to achieve both goals: to hack and to make my work available for anyone. Thanks I would like to thank all those who helped me to discover and contribute to free software, especially: adn, who helped me with my first steps to directly contribute to Debian, dererk and all the Debian Developers that patiently reread and sponsored my packages, and my Application Manager gwolf, who gave quite a lot of time asking me questions, reading my replies, and replying to some questions that arose during the process. Outside of the Debian Project I have to thank Alexis de Lattre, who wrote the original Formation Linux that I am now maintaining under the name of Formation Debian GNU/Linux , a document which helped me to discover GNU/Linux and Debian specifically. More generally, I would like to thank all the Free Software community that made that possible: Debian Developers, hackers and users from everywhere. We have built and we are still building quite an impressive pile of very useful work, and we can be proud of it. Notes
  1. Here in the northern hemisphere our school years begin in the middle of the civil year, which makes it tricky to tell them apart
  2. This is almost a synonym for tinkering, in the context of free software, is it not?

1 June 2010

Debian News: New Debian Developers (May 2010)

The following developers got their Debian accounts in the last month: Congratulations!

2 December 2009

Margarita Manterola: Life after DebConf8

Finally, after more than a year of preparation, and six months of very very hard work, DebConf8 has come and gone. Even if I'm not yet completely recovered from all that stress, I'm good enough to feel really happy about how things turned out. DebConf8 was a great success. We had great talks, many opportunities for developing interesting ideas, a lot of social interaction, an awesome video team that allowed more than 200 people from all around the world to be part of the conference even if they weren't in Argentina, and in general almost everyone had a very good time. It was really nice to have so many people from Debian over here, and it was specially nice to see them working and enjoying themselves so much. This was all possible thanks to our sponsors, thanks to the many hours spent during the previous months both by the DebConf orga-team (the usual suspects) and specially by the local team, which includes Tincho, Dami n, Romanella, Maxy, Sebas, Zero, Mendieta, Dererk, Melisa, Angasule, Lisandro, Nueces, and also thanks to the all help of the volunteers that came to work with us during DebCamp and DebConf, which include Tom s, Tinchito, M nica, Lucas, Germ n, Diego, Fefu, Nicol s, Mart n, Marcos, Hern n, Alejandro, Mat as, Rodrigo, Alberto and Joaqu n, and finally, DebConf wouldn't have been the great event it was without all the people that managed to travel thousands of kilometers to get here. To all of them, thanks, for making DebConf8 such a great conference Now, at last, DebConf8 is over (although there is some stuff that we still need to do before we can really forget all about it), and life goes on. Today, I did my first NMU after a long time. I'm particularly glad to have time for fixing bugs again, but I won't lie, I'm also extremely satisfied with how DebConf8 turned out. See you in Extremadura!