Peter Blackman

Account namepeterb
OpenPGP fingerprint 1463 8444 C985 8E2A 09B0 259C 211B CF56 2939 AB8F 0 Endorsements
Status Debian Maintainer since 2022-02-15

Short Biography

I am a professional software developer, now retired.

My work involved in house systems for consultancies and financial institutions in London, mainly on Digital Equipment kit. I worked with assemblers, Coral 66, RTL2 & Pascal.

My first home computer was a Nascom 1, followed by a Sinclair Spectrum, and then an Amstrad PCW. After that I bought a 386 desktop and have built my own desktop computers ever since (now using Ryzen).

I used Digital Research pascal on the PCW, and then Borland Delphi on my desktops. Today, I use Free Pascal & Lazarus for home development. I packaged GNU Pascal on my Ubuntu ppa, when the official package was withdrawn.

I started using Linux at home with Ubuntu Hardy Heron, switching to Debian with Lenny. Linux made it easier to fix breakages, and compatibility was better with both new and older hardware. Now I use Debian Testing as my main OS on my home desktop. I would like to give back to the community by uploading my own packages to Debian.

Personal history

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2022-08-05 2022-08-20 DM+account Peter Blackman peterb Closed
2022-01-25 2022-02-15 DM Peter Blackman peterb Closed
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