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[New maintainer] Working for Debian and becoming a registered Debian developer

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Hello everybody,

you may or not be aware that getting a Debian developer is quite long. I
want to propose a solution to facilitate the integration of new
Debian developers.

It's quite simple. In order to fully learn how Debian works, the best
solution is :
- to adopt orphaned packages and correct their bugs
- that your work should be checked by an official developer (I'll call
  it the sponsor).

Of course, as long you're not a registered Debian developers you cannot
upload your packages. The soluton is that the sponsor will upload the
package you'll do. The official maintainer will be
debian-qa@lists.debian.org. After all when you correct bugs on orphaned
packages, you're doing Quality Assurance.

This does also allow you to get new bugs in your mailbox. You just need
to subscribe to debian-qa@lists.debian.org. You would be allowed to
open/close/set the severity/forward the bugs since all debian-qa members
can do it on debian-qa packages.

If the sponsor finds that you've done a good job with the package, he
will explain that to the new maintainer team in the hope that your
application will be processed faster. And when you'll be
official Debian developper, you'll be able to change the Maintainer field
to your name.

I'll propose myself to be a sponsor. We'll need more sponsor ... any
volunteers ? Hopefully several people from debian-qa will accept to be
sponsor like me ...

All the future Debian developers interested should also reply ...

Any input appreciated !

Hertzog Raphaël >> 0C4CABF1 >> http://prope.insa-lyon.fr/~rhertzog/

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