After the BOF at DebConf about finding and integrating new members  I wrote a draft for a wiki page targetting potential new pkg-perl contributors. It should end up as http://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebianPerlGroup/Welcome (and http://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebianPerlGroup should link to it), but since I have rather crappy internet connection I thought I'd send it to the list, and either someone puts it on the wiki or we collect comments and improvements here and I "upload" it in a few days. IIRC xoswald was thinking about an introductory mail; maybe tis could be merged into the page (and the mail reduced to the link then)? Cheers, gregor  http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2009/07/msg00083.html -- .''`. http://info.comodo.priv.at/ -- GPG Key IDs: 0x00F3CFE4, 0x8649AA06 : :' : Debian GNU/Linux user, admin, & developer - http://www.debian.org/ `. `' Member of VIBE!AT, SPI Inc., fellow of FSFE | http://got.to/quote/ `- BOFH excuse #139: UBNC (user brain not connected)
Welcome to the Debian Perl Group You are considering to join the Debian Perl Group or were just added to the group on Alioth? Then this page should help you with your decision and your first steps. What the Debian Perl Group can offer * "Free sponsors" -- there are always some Debian Developers around who are willing to review and upload packages. * "Free advice and mentoring" -- working in a team means that there are others who can be asked for advice on "tricky" packaging questions and who can mentor you if you are new to packaging. * Co-maintenance -- everyone has periods with more and with less free time for free software. In a team someone else can help out to fix a bug or prepare a new upload if you are busy right now. * Synergy -- packaging teams are about sharing experiences and forces and developing expertise together in a special field. * Tools -- maintaining packages in the group let's you use some of our tools, and you profit from improvements to all packages over time. * Becoming a DD -- if you plan on becoming a DD after some times one of the DDs in the group may be willing to be your advocate after having worked together for some time. Potential questions * Do I have to be a Perl hacker? -- No, a basic familiarity with Perl is of course necessary but packaging is different from writing code. Of course you shouldn't be running away screaming when you see Perl code while trying to triage a bug or write a simple patch. * Do I need to have prior packaging experience? -- No, you just need to be willing to do some reading and learn all this stuff. It might look scary at the beginning but Perl packages are usually not that complicated and you get help if needed. * Do I need to commit myself for working X hours per week for the next 42 years? -- No, although it's not appreciated if someone injects a pile of packages into our repository and then vanishes, it's fine to have periods of more and less time and interest, and personal priorities can also change to other areas in Debian (or even outside :)). All contributions, also small ones, are welcome. How can I join? * Create an account on Alioth. * Write a short mail to email@example.com, including your Alioth account name and a short introduction of yourself. * That's it -- one of the admins will add you to the pkg-perl project as soon as possible. First steps * Please subscribe to x and y. * Please take a look at the documents at http://pkg-perl.alioth.debian.org/; especially policy.html and subversion.html are essential, but there's a lot of other interesting documentation there, * Make yourself familiar with http://pkg-perl.alioth.debian.org/cgi-bin/pet.cgi which is our one-stop-place for coordination. * If you're into IRC, join #debian-perl at irc.debian.org (= OFTC).
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