Margarita Manterola

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How long have you been using Debian?

I started using Debian around 2000. At first I was just a simple user, but with time I grew more involved, first reporting bugs, then submitting patches, and by 2004 I started maintaining packages.

Are you a Debian Developer?

Yes. I became a Debian Developer on November 13th, 2005.

What areas of Debian are you involved in?

I maintain some packages but not too many, I particularly enjoy doing QA: I've done quite a lot of NMUs to fix RC bugs in packages that were not fit for a release.
Also, I've been very actively involved in the organization of several DebConfs, particularly for DebConf8, which took place in my country, Argentina.

What got you interested in working with Debian?

The free software philosophy. I liked that it was developed by a community instead of a company, and that my contributions could be accepted if they were worth.

Also, the magic of apt-get and the immense repository. I usually have this perception that if something is not in Debian, it's not worth using it.

Do you have any tips for women interested in getting more involved with Debian?

Look at the list of bugs and try to find the fix for one. There are lots of easy ones.