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Re: Contribute

Hi Brian,

thanks for your reply, will have a read of the links you sent me.

As for my experience with Debian and Linux in general: 

-  I have been working in Europe, NZ and now in ASEAN as a virtualization architect / system engineer for the last 7 years. My area of expertise is the VMware product ecosystem and I am currently working on AWS certification as AWS has a two availability zones in Singapore where I currently reside.

- Started playing around with Debian in my home lab since 1999 but never got the chance to use it in a production environment so I kind of let the knowledge slip and focused more on learning virtualization but recently rekindled my interest in Debian when I bought a couple of Raspberry PI's. There are two reasons why I want to contribute to the Debian project:

a) To give something back to the community - Debian is an awesome distro and I always have had a lot of fun with it in my home lab
b) To learn and get better with Debian - how better to learn than to do it?

I would say my Linux skills are basic - I kinda know how things work together but I am definitely not an expert ..I have worked with OpenSuse, Fedora, CentOS and a few other distros.

I think this group would be best as Cloud and virtualization is my area of expertise. I also have a nice home lab here in Singapore with 3 hosts so I can do my own testing etc . 


On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 6:03 PM, Brian Gupta <brian.gupta@brandorr.com> wrote:
On Sat, May 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM, Benjamin Troch <benjamintroch@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to contribute to this team and help out with cloud image testing etc. my main focus is Vmware. I have 13 years of system engineering / architecture experience.
> How do I get started?

Hi Benjamin! I'll say you are in the right place, as most coordination
happens on this list. (And on the wiki http://wiki.debian.org/Cloud)

Some of the tasks that people on this team are working on (incomplete list):

1) Building and maintaining image-building toolchains (e.g. -
2) Building EC2 images http://wiki.debian.org/Cloud/AmazonEC2Image
3) Building Azure images http://wiki.debian.org/Cloud/WindowsAzureImage
4) Building GCE images http://wiki.debian.org/Cloud/GoogleComputeEngineImage
5) Documenting how to use all of the above
6) Testing images
7) Exploring building images for new clouds (both private and public)
8) Packaging cloud specific toolchains (e.g. - cloud-init)
9) Discussing cloud specific issues and policies

When it comes to your question on "image testing", people tend to
announce to this list when they have images ready for testing.

Also, if you are looking for other areas to help, if there is a
particular IaaS Cloud that you feel that Debian should be represented
on, and currently isn't, I'd say you should feel free to start a
discussion on how to get started. (Please note our draft policy on
building "Official" Debian images:

I'm sure that during the week, once folks have had a chance to catch
up on the weekend email, people are likely to add additional tasks and
jobs that might need help with.

In the meantime, perhaps you could give a more detailed introduction,
explaining your interest in, and background with Debian, as it would
aid folks in getting a sense of where you might best be able to help.

Also feel free to familiarize yourself with the info in the wiki:


> Thanks!
> Benjamin Troch
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