Alternative view: by date.
Stuff/team I’m currently involved with:
Debian System Administration: I’m just in the
porter-*groups, so that I can fulfill installation requests in various chroots on Debian porterboxes; this means real DSA members can concentrate on more important things while still keeping the turnaround quick for developers who want to debug stuff on exotic architectures. Reminder for that procedure: Chroot Install Request Guidelines.
After having maintained the
kfreebsd-*buildds for a while, I’m still in the wanna-build team, meaning I can take care of give backs, one of the most common requests on
debian-wb-team@. It’s been a while since it’s been split up from
debian-release@, and instructions are still available in wanna-build.txt. Basically: anything buildd-related goes to
email@example.com, with the sole exception of binNMUs, which are handled by the release team.
Speaking of which, I joined the release team a few months ago; plenty of (not-so-)funny things to do, like coordinating transitions to
testing, and more recently, dealing with unblock requests during the freeze. While the Debian world is usually driven by the “just do” motto, there’s one area where one has to learn to say “no, sorry”. Hopefully people won’t hate us for that, and we’ll find alternative ways (like backporting specific fixes, or postponing new features until
Given nobody on
debian-boot@stepped up to prepare new
debian-installerreleases, I figured I would give a hand there until somebody more involved with
d-iwould manage that on the long run. That’s a lot of heavy work, trying to get all involved packages into shape at a given moment, and getting people to fix their stuff when anything breaks. Hopefully that’ll work out and once CD images are ready, we should be able to run some more tests on those before officially publishing
d-i beta 1.
And since the CD team is also understaffed, I joined Steve McIntyre a while ago during a point release to see how that was done, and how I could help. Things drove me to the other teams above, so I couldn’t help much so far, but at least I managed to build a few test images on
pettersson(the very nice machine on which images are built), using the
debian-cdaccount. The intent was to make sure
debian-installercould safely migrate from
testing. That has happened lately, so images are being prepared.
And of course I’m still maintaining the whole X stack, with the help of a few other guys on specific areas.
I don’t feel like getting hit by a bus, but I would hate burning out and going away from all this.
People have called repeatedly for help in core packaging team. And that has been true for the X Strike Force for a while (hint: Julien only managed to pull me into this because I ported the Graphical Installer from DirectFB to X11).
The same holds with non-packaging teams. I’m pretty sure Steve would
love to see new members in
debian-cd. I’m also pretty sure having
more people involved in the
d-i team would be very nice, especially
if one could find out how to make the whole release process less
insane than it is currently. I guess we could try out new ideas right
after the release; it feels to me that right now is just not the time
to fight the current release process.
With the sound of the freeze approaching, we have been receiving a few more transition requests lately. Thankfully, a lot of them can apparently be processed at the same time, that's why we have currently the following, crazy tracker summary:
Of course there are some transitions that started because maintainers “forgot” how transitions are supposed to work, but we’re trying to get things done anyway.