A Few Questions For Gustavo Noronha

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How did you end up using Debian and becoming a DD?

Somewhat of a long story: I started using GNU/Linux because I wanted to learn how to program and I got to know that C compilers were easily available in GNU/Linux distributions. I started with Conectiva Marumbi, in late 1998, and when I bought a Debian CD in early 1999 I was instantly in love.

I felt dpkg was so much better than rpm, at the time, and got to know apt, which made me wonder how something of such high quality was so unknown (a very small number of people even knew Debian existed in Brazil, at the time.)

By reading the Debian foundation documents and its pages about what Free Software means I fell in love with the idea of software freedom, and by getting to know the Debian community I was deeply impressed at the very possibility of such a large body of people voluntarily associating to achieve a common goal. Then I started to make small contributions, and signed up for NM in the last half of 2000; in January 2001 I got my account!

How are you currently involved in the Debian project?

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