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Communication and Cooperation in the Virtual Workplace

Teamwork in Computer-Mediated-Communication

Gaby Sadowski-Rasters, Geert Duysters and Bert M. Sadowski

This innovative book explores the structure, growth and effectiveness of virtual communities in computer-mediated environments. In spite of initial enthusiasm, much uncertainty remains about the prospects of virtual teams and the technology that supports their collaboration. This book seeks to confront these issues and offers a unique insight into the realities of virtual working.
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Chapter 5: The Debian Case Study

Gaby Sadowski-Rasters, Geert Duysters and Bert M. Sadowski


INTRODUCTION 4.5 Important Events 4.5.1. July 2000: Joel Klecker died On July 11th, 2000, Joel Klecker, who was also known as Espy, passed away at 21 years of age. No one who saw ‘Espy’ in #mklinux, the Debian lists or channels knew that behind this nickname was a young man suffering from a form of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Most people only knew him as ‘the Debian glibc and powerpc guy’ and had no idea of the hardships Joel fought. Though physically impaired, he shared his great mind with others. Joel Klecker (also known as Espy) will be missed. More than 900 volunteer package maintainers are working on over 8250 packages and improving Debian GNU/Linux. Debian is a free operating system (OS). An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. Debian uses the Linux kernel, i.e. the core of the operating system, but most of the basic OS tools come from the GNU project; hence the name GNU/Linux. Debian is being developed cooperatively by many individuals through the Internet. Joel Klecker was one of them. What is striking in the announcement above is that Joel was known through his programming skills; the person behind Joel was unknown. However, still he was still a part of the community. His gender, age, race, nationality or personality did not matter much: his contributions did. The famous citation from Charles Handy (1995): ‘trust needs touch’, can be replaced by the phrase: trust needs code. The Debian...

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