Linux community hails local Debian developer

Linux community hails local Debian developer

Linux developer, Matthew Palmer, was awarded the 2004 national regional delegates program award at the Linux community conference held in Adelaide last week.

The New South Wales software developer took the national prize in recognition of his work in developing and managing eight software packages for the Debian project — a community-based volunteer organisation that produces the world’s largest non-commercial Linux distribution.

Palmer is also credited with making a significant contribution to the NSW ComputerBank project, an initiative to supply free GNU/Linux systems to low-income individuals, community groups and disadvantaged schools.

“Matthew has actively helped foster the adoption of Linux in NSW through a number of projects,” Duncan Bennet, director of infrastructure solutions and software for the award’s sponsor, Sun Microsystems. “Not content with developing an extensive amount of code, his community mindedness extends to frequently presenting at Linux User Groups.”

Mr Palmer was selected from among nine state and territory winners who were flown to the conference and accommodated as part of a prize package worth a total of $15,000.

The other regional winners were Dan Treacy (NSW), Robyn Manning (SA), Ben Minton (NT), Robert Stanford (Qld), Tim Stebbing (Tas), Frederic Schutz (Vic), Paul Bryan (ACT) and Ben Jensz (WA).

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