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Re: HELP!!! New Maint App Process

On Fri, Oct 25, 2002 at 06:38:41PM -0400, Duncan Findlay wrote:
> > 1. how does one get an advocate?

> The best way is to package a piece of software, and make the packages
> available somewhere. Apply to be a NM, and post a message to
> debian-mentors@lists.debian.org asking for a sponsor. A sponsor will
> take a look at your package and (assuming all goes well) upload them.
> If they are sufficiently impressed, they will likely be your advocate.

This places the emphasis on packaging software that's not yet in Debian,
which is wrong, IMHO.  A better answer is that you get an advocate by
getting involved in Debian development -- by helping tackle some of the
many open bugs against existing packages, or doing QA work, or adopting
an orphaned package, or working on the installer, or perhaps by
packaging useful software that's not yet part of Debian.

Creating new packages is an easy way to demonstrate that one has many of
the skills required to be a DD, but more is demanded of DDs than just
raw skill.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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