Frans Spiesschaert

Account namefrans
OpenPGP fingerprint 4961 DB74 4F70 064A 99A7 B4F3 F56D 9D9E 1156 D1D4 0 Endorsements
Status Debian Contributor on since 2024-05-08

Short Biography

My first experience with Debian goes back to mid 1999 and was due to an incredible level of coincidence.

At that time, as a member of the Department of Social Welfare Studies at the University of Ghent (Belgium), I was involved in a collaborative research program in the field of applied social sciences together with the Universities of Brussels and Louvain. The computer infrastructure at my department was rather outdated, and because the department faced a temporary but severe lack of financial resources at that time, I was stuck to that old equipment for some more time, making it hard to exchange documents with my colleagues at the other universities. I had the luck to get in touch with a working group of students in computer science, named Zeus. This student working group still exists. They introduced linux to me as a less resources consuming OS, and they informed me on WP8 being released for free under linux, which could offer me a chance for better interoperability with my colleagues at the other universities. They lend me installation media for Debian 2.1 and so I decided to give it a try. Both installing the OS as booting the computer went well and so I was able to continue to collaborate with my colleagues.

Since that time, I switched to Debian, both for personal and professional use cases. By the years I got interested in learning more on the background of Debian. And so I got convinced of the values of open source software, first of all from a technical point of view, but not least also for its virtues and potentialities in supporting the enhancement of social justice and of equal opportunities for people all over the world (remember my social welfare sciences background). Although in the beginning I did not at all come to Debian for its philosophy, I learned to see how vital and decisive the Social Contract and the Free Software Guidelines are in giving Debian its unique identity within the Free Software Community.

Back in 2014 I started to give back to Debian. I became a member of the Debian Dutch Localisation Team and I am still active in translating po-debconf, po and po4a templates as well as in translating the Debian website. I am also a member of the Debian Edu team where I am responsible for merging contributions to the translation of the Debian Edu manuals at Hosted Weblate into the Debian Edu git repo at Salsa. In the future I intend to continue to contribute to Debian this way. After having contributed to Debian for ten years as a guest contributor I would like to become a non-uploading Debian Developer.

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2024-05-11 2024-07-10 DD, non-upl. Frans Spiesschaert frans AM hartmans
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