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Gianfranco Costamagna

Account namelocutusofborg
OpenPGP fingerprint9297 8A6E 195E 4921 825F 7FF0 F34F 0974 4E9F 5DD9
StatusDebian Developer, uploading since 2015-08-01

Short Biography

I was born in 1988 in Savigliano, a little town in north-west Italy. I started using Linux with Knoppix (3.4 IIRC), because of the livecd features, playing with it at school and home, and I started loving it at the same time :)

My first installed OS has been Ubuntu, because of the live cd and the "shipit" feature, and I'm still currently using it. With my M.Sc. Eng. I took the possibility to start seriously working with Linux, and I started sending patches (privately) to developers. My Debian contribution(s) started because I would like to see my effort in bug fixing spread to all the derivative distros (I also send relevant patches upstream). I would like one day to switch to Debian only (Ubuntu is still the family primary OS), because since the last 2 years I'm almost only contributing there.

I started contributing with boinc* packages (thanks to <moeller> who trusted and kindly asked me to join the DM process, helping me in my first steps), after I started looking to docbook2x (for some time it has been broken in unstable), and I moved also to ettercap (becoming upstream developer some years ago). My great challenge has been hedgewars, a "potpourri" of various languages (haskell, c++, qt, pascal, sdl and so on), that improved my skills in packaging and showed me the cmake powers (also gave me the possibility to contribute a little in the ghc packaging). I packaged libsdl2-gfx, my first NEW upload in early 2014, and after it I learnt how libraries work in Debian and gave my little help in some transitions (I also successfully completed some). Some contributions I made were for sdlgfx, for nifti2dicom, tomcat7, virtualbox{,*}, insighttoolkit/insighttoolkit4, vtk, gccxml, filezilla, eject (little patch testing), wapiti (adopted the package), binwalk (adopted the package), poedit, wxwidgets3.0 (I introduced the new webview sub-package, needed for boinc), lucene++ (packaged from the Ubuntu one, needed in new poedit), python-pyqtgraph (I packaged it from scratch, needed for the new binwalk release), flex, qviaggiatreno, sqlmap, cld2, libserial, ... I also packaged casablanca, because needed for the upcoming poedit releases. I also helped in ~5 transitions with patches and uploads (with great help from my sponsors). the list of the packages I mostly contribute can be seen here I would like to continue my learning process, as well as my contributions, to help fixing RC bugs and improve the packages quality on the archive. My current workplace is a startup company with focus on embedded systems for automotive (we ship a custom yocto-based linux distro) I'm also a penetration tester (VA-PT), and collaborator of backbox linux (repository maintainer).

Personal history

Applicant From To Applying for Progress AM Advocate(s)
locutusofborg 27 Sep 2014 1 Aug 2015 Debian Developer, uploading (done) Completed pjb moeller, tobi

Advocate history

Started Last Target Applicant UID Status AM
2016-07-12 2016-10-13 DM Unit 193 unit193 Collecting requirements
2016-07-13 2016-12-21 DD, upl. James Clarke jrtc27 Approved lfaraone
2016-07-27 2016-07-31 DM Frédéric Bonnard frediz Approved
2016-08-06 2016-08-19 DM Víctor Cuadrado Juan viccuad Approved
2016-08-13 2016-08-29 DM Mo Zhou lumin Approved
2016-08-18 2016-09-04 DM Elena Grandi valhalla Approved
2016-09-05 2017-01-22 DD, upl. Bastien Roucariès rouca Approved zeha
2016-09-08 2016-12-21 DD, upl. Sean Whitton spwhitton Approved gwolf
2016-09-08 2016-09-12 DM Samuel Henrique samueloph Approved
2016-09-30 2016-12-21 DD, upl. Frédéric Bonnard frediz Collecting requirements sramacher
2016-10-15 2016-10-20 DM Dmitry Bogatov kaction Approved
2016-11-24 2016-12-21 DM Julien Puydt jpuydt Approved
2016-12-01 2016-12-21 DM Nicholas D Steeves sten Approved
2016-12-21 2017-01-20 DM William Blough bblough Approved
2017-01-20 2017-01-25 DM Félix Sipma felix Approved
Applicant From To Applying for Progress AM Advocate(s)
stender 2 Sep 2015 24 Feb 2016 Debian Developer, uploading (done) Completed tobi locutusofborg
edward 19 May 2016 10 Jul 2016 Debian Developer, uploading (done) Completed jmw locutusofborg