In the tradition of Max’s “lesser known Fedora contributors” series of blogs from last year, I wanted to recognize people you may not know, who make an enormous difference in Fedora every single day. This is the first in a series that I’ll be highlighting around our Fedora 9 release, as a small token of gratitude for what these incredible people have contributed to Fedora, and continue to do so today.
I first met Diego BÃºrigo ZacarÃ£o through his work as a translator of the Fedora documentation on which I was working. Diego has always been one of the first translators to pitch in and get changes made for the Brazilian Portuguese locale, and would ask a lot of probing questions that really gave me an appreciation for how far Fedora reaches into other parts of the world. His participation and input gave me compelling reasons to learn a little about how the gettext toolchain worked, and how to make use of it while working on our Docs toolchain.
Not content to stop there, though, Diego has also become a key member of the amazing crew of Fedora Ambassadors for Brazil, whom you may have read about here in Greg’s blog (and elsewhere). Among his other contributions, Diego’s now working on Google’s Summer of Code for Transifex, our top-notch, upstream- and contributor-friendly translation toolset, and he’s developing university courseware in Brazil for open source topics. You can see more about Diego and the other Brazilian Fedora Ambassadors in this video from Red Hat Magazine. And if that weren’t enough, Diego is also now involved in the Fedora Websites team helping maintain their wiki pages and Brazilian Portuguese translations of the Fedora web pages.
I used to see him pop up in #fedora-docs, often as I was enjoying my morning coffee, and he would always be excited about new work going on in Fedora. And I can tell you firsthand, that excitement is contagious!
Thanks, Diego, for many jobs, well done.