FWD: Volunteers needed for MashPotato tech support crew in #Debian on irc.debian.org around August 15.
Excellent idea, I hope some developers who won't be at linuxworld can
sign up and get on #debian to help people.
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From: Andrew Lau <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 23:10:59 +1000
Subject: Volunteers needed for MashPotato tech support crew in #Debian
on irc.debian.org around August 15.
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Hello, this is Andrew "Netsnipe" Lau from #debian at irc.debian.org calling
out for volunteers who know a bit of Debian GNU/Linux and can offer a part
of time to help others. As many of you are well aware, the third test cycle
of Debian is about to end soon, schedules on August 15 (no guarantees or
leaks here), and quite possibly, if we're lucky will officially become stable.
Debian itself, unfortunately, despite progress in this area over the last
year or two, has never been an easy to install or configurable distribution
for the beginner. Remember the first time as a Linux newbie when you
installed Debian and were intimidated by dselect (thank goodness tasksel
has been introduced). How long did it take you to get X or sound running on
your own, or even when you switched distributions?
We here at #debian, the official IRC chatroom of Debian have decided that
when Potato 2.2 does officially become stable, that we will provide the
most comprehensive Debian GNU/Linux support service that we can to users
both new and old. However, being the official IRC room, #debian will be
overwhelmed with literally hundreds of users seeking installation and
configuration help. The task would be quite daunting for regulars there as
we already handle several dozen help requests a day.
Hence the Potato release now has a dedicated IRC tech support crew
nicknamed the Mobile Array of Support Helpers for Potato (MashPotato) which
serve around the clock for users around the world. To make things easier,
we will also divert users to different channels from #debian to for example
#debian-install and #debian-x, #debian-sound, #debian-gnome. However, we
will be lacking in numbers of people to answer the multitudes of help.
To sign up for the roster list for MashPotato, just come into #debian and
type in "apt roster" for further details, and return over the next few days
for more details. You don't need to be using Potato, but any Debian-based
help provided will be greatly appreciated.
So please, for the sake of new users, please volunteer for MashPotato and
help promote the Debian GNU/Linux community to new users as well. Debian is
much more than yet another Linux distribution. It has a fine tradition of
being a community which distinguishes it as one of the best Linux
distributions out there. Let's keep it that way.
Andrew "Netsnipe" Lau
PS: MashPotato is not an official organization or division of the Debian
GNU/Linux project, however we do have members and links with those who hang
around at #debian. MashPotato is a volunteer group run by people at #Debian
in the spirit of the project.
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