Teamwork in Computer-Mediated-Communication
5. 5.1 The Debian case study 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...
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