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Gustavo Panizzo

Account namegfa
OpenPGP fingerprint1AE0 322E B8F7 4717 BDEA BF1D 44BB 1BA7 9F6C 6333
StatusDebian Developer, uploading since 2016-12-24

Short Biography

I started with GNU/Linux in the year 2000, after I read about it on a local newspaper. I liked it was something made by a community of people instead of a company. I tried many distributions back then, but eventually settle in Gentoo.

I got my first sysadmin job in 2005, in that place everything was running Debian, after using it for some months I start to love the quality of Debian, everything just worked all the time.

I left that job and worked for some time supporting proprietary software, it wasn't a good experience and I move to work with Linux as soon as possible. I never stop to run Debian on my personal systems.

After a few years of using Debian, report bugs, etc. I got an sponsor and uploaded my first package. That was 5 years ago.

I contribute to Debian for several reasons:

  • I want to improve things I use. This is a selfish but powerful reason.
  • I want to 'give back' to the community. Even if I never contribute back as much as I get from the Free Software.
  • I want to make a better world, I know the world needs many things besides software, but doing Free Software is what I know and enjoy.
  • It thrills me be part of something bigger.
  • I choose Debian instead of another project cause its commitment with democracy, do-cracy and transparency.

I would like to setup a review system for packaging, gerrit like, many times I wish to have a review of what I do, just to be extra sure everything is perfect, also I think it will help more people to improve Debian if our packaging is public and easy to interact with.

I do OpenStack, I maintain a few packages for it, also being a sysadmin I would like to help the DSA team with that.

I helped a guy to upload his first package, I feel that the word mentor is too big compared to what I did for him, but anyway it felt great. I plan to do more of that.

Personal history

Applicant From To Applying for Progress AM Advocate(s)
gfa 28 Aug 2015 24 Dec 2016 Debian Developer, uploading (done) Completed tobi zigo, anibal