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

Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> The phone call is something that is happening in the Real World. It's not
> like a mail. Did you ever get "employed" with a single mail ? No, you have
> to take other kind of contact with your employers.

Just to play devil's advocate:

Well yes I have. I didn't speak to them via the phone for at least a few
months after I was hired, and I had been working full time for 1 year before
I met my employer.

However, I actually think the phone calls are very important because debian
community is very important. Devil's advocate mode off.

> And if they cannot wait 3 months, I doubt they would have made good
> maintainers. Maintaining a package is NOT a one-time work. It requires to
> be worked on regularly.

Very different states of mind are required to wait 3 months before someone
gets back to you, and to constantly maintain and fix bugs in a package. I
see no evidence at all that being able to do one requires you be good at the

I became a debian user and was a developer within 9 days of that time. I
joined debian specifically because I wanted to work on a linux distribution
because this was the next logical stage in my linux development. If I had
had to wait 3 months, it's very likely I would have found another project
that let me get to work immediatly, and wouldn't be here today.

I don't think I'm a particularly bad developer, despite this impatience.
Rather, I am impatient to get bugs fixed, to package new upstream versions
to get at the new features in them, and to implement things, as soon as I

Isn't it said somewhere that the three virtues of a programmer are laziness,
impatience, and hubris?

see shy jo

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