Name: James Damour
Member since: 2004-03-31 19:45:17
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I've wanted to be involved in the Open Source Software community for years, but I only took my first step in April of 2000 when I installed a copy of RedHat v6.1 onto a hard drive I received as a birthday present. Since then, I've migrated to Debian, but I'm still trying to learn the ropes there.My first Open Source Software project was an attempt to (a) gain experience in Java (that I was *not* getting in my career) and (b) distribute CD-ROMs that would auto-load an image database of pictures of my new son. I registered the JImageDB project on SourceForge in April of 2002, and got some initial work completed, but I haven't updated in years. The biggest reason that JImageDB has languished is that I got distracted by MegaMek. I came upon MegaMek in September of 2002 when I was researching turn-based, network enabled games written in Java. I'm a long-time fan of BattleTech, and MegaMek had nearly implemented all of the rules in my 1986 CityTech rulebook. I figured that the best way to learn the code was to contribute to it, so I started writing a series of patches to complete the "missing" parts. Since then I've been accepted as a developer, and then an administrator of the project. Pretty much all spare time that I take from my family goes into making MegaMek a better application. After the next stable release of MegaMek, with a bit of luck and some more reading of Debian's Developer's Manual, I'm going to package MegaMek .debs and submit it for inclusion in the Debian archives. I'll then try to start the process of becoming a full Debian Developer. In the meantime, I expect that MegaMek will help the Free/Open Source Software implementations of the Java standards by being a prime test case. I fully intend to work with the VM implementors to work through any bugs I find while trying to get MegaMek to build and run on a 100% Free toolchain.
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