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Self-Introduction: Karl DeBisschop



1. Full legal name
                                                                                
Karl Brian DeBisschop
                                                                                
                                                                                
2. Country, City
                                                                                
Quincy, MA, USA
                                                                                
                                                                                
3. Profession or Student status
                                                                                
Director of Software Engineering and Development, Infoplease.com
                                                                                
                                                                                
4. Company or School
                                                                                
Infoplease is a tiny little part of Pearson Education.
The over-inflated title is a holdover from when we were a startup in
those dot-com bubble days. But we are still here, so we probably didn't
do everything wrong.
                                                                                
                                                                                
5. Your goals in the Fedora Project
                                                                                
My immediate goal is to submit for consideration minor changes to
diskcheck that cause inodes to be checked in addition to bytes free.
                                                                                
I also would like to get nagios and the nagios plugins into Fedora, but
that would come later.
                                                                                
I wouldn't mind doing some QA, but I've having a hard time figuring out
all the policies and how Fedora works right now, so that too would
probably best be later, I think.
                                                                                
                                                                                
6. Historical qualifications
                                                                                
I have been the lead developer for the nagios plugins
(nagiosplug.sourceforge.net) since the time the plugins were separated
from the main nagios project, maybe about 3 years ago.
                                                                                
I have from time to time worked with Lamar Owen in developing and
debugging the RPMs for postgresql.
                                                                                
Over the last several years I've been programming in perl and php for my
work, and C for the nagios plugins. Before that I did a fair amount of
fortran work, but unless we start putting groundwater flow models into
Fedora Core, that may be less useful.
                                                                                
Why should you trust me? Good question... I'm still working to figure
out all the project policies, and most of my programming skills are self
taught. But I tend to be aware of my limitations, willing to lurk/search
around for answers when time allows, and ask direct questions when it
does not. And I think my experience with nagios plugins has been a
fairly good education in open source coding.
                                                                                                                                                                
7. GPG KEYID and fingerprint
                                                                                pub  1024D/CA2294A0 2003-11-12 Karl DeBisschop (Personal Key) <karl debisschop net>
     Key fingerprint = 8D09 F9FB 0859 CA98 EDC5  0316 9B39 B0E7 CA22
94A0
sub  1024g/9C869B9C 2003-11-12
                                                                    
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Karl DeBisschop <kdebisschop alert infoplease com>




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