People behind Debian: Bdale Garbee, chair of the technical committee

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“I made my first personal contribution of source code to what we
now call Free Software in 1979. I started with HP in 1986 and for
nearly a decade have served the company as Chief Technologist for
Open Source & Linux. I am president of Software in the Public
Interest, which is the “umbrella organization” providing legal and
financial existence for Debian in the USA. I also represent users,
developers, and Debian interests on a number of boards including at
the Linux Foundation and the Freedombox Foundation.

“I’m happily married with two children. Many people in Debian
have met some or all of my family. They all joined me for Debconf
in Edinburgh, and my daughter Elizabeth also attended in Caceres
and New York.

“I joined Debian in 1994. I’ve been responsible for a number of
packages essential to our base system continuously since that time.
But I’ve also contributed to the project in many other ways over
the years. I ran the first server that was fully dedicated to
Debian. Ideas of mine influenced the development of project
infrastructure, from the early design of our mirror network to
structuring the archive around a ‘package pool’. I started or made
significant early contributions to 5 ports of Debian to non-i386
architectures. I served as Debian Project Leader (DPL) in
2002-2003, was acting Secretary for a while, and have served on the
Technical Committee for a number of years.”

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