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ROSE Blog Interviews: Margarita Manterola, Debian Developer

Mar 18, 2010, 20:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rikki Kite)

"Q: What do you currently do in open source and what do you love about it?

"A: I do many things with Open Source. I develop open source software at the office, I help administrate an installation of over 200 users of Debian GNU/Linux, and every semester, in the course where I teach, we give the students a Live CD that they can use to develop software under GNU/Linux. And, obviously, I also help developing Debian.

"The activity I like the most is fixing bugs. It's one of the great things of open source and the one that I enjoy the most: by having the code available, I'm able to fix a program and make it do what I want without having to go through the original developer.

"Q: What's your experience with the Debian Project?

"A: I started participating in Debian in 2003. At first, all I did was report bugs and try to fix a few. I was afraid of making mistakes, of people not receiving my bug reports well. In 2004 I went to DebConf, that is the annual Debian Developers conference, which was held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. I met a lot of very nice and interesting people there, and I was encouraged to participate more actively in the project. Also, there the Debian Women project was founded, and very quickly I became involved with the project."

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