Dear prospective maintainers, As packaging in teams and work on specific areas of Debian is often (and rightly so) preferred to one-shot pet-package sponsoring, I would like to propose 4 "relatively easy" packaging tasks. The global goal of those packaging tasks are: * to make sure Debian provides more printer drivers (this eliminates the need for hand-installation of drivers) * to offer low-barrier entry-points for newcomers to packaging; * to get new blood onboard the Debian Printing Team and in Debian in general. For all the following packages; those are the common tasks: * Make sure to have an ITP filed, and have the eventual RFPs renamed correctly. * Check their DFSG-freeness. * Packages have to be checked against latest Policy, so eventually updated. (lintian -ivI --pedantic with explained and reasonable exceptions is a good goal.) * Packaging is preferably done in git, under collab-maint. Bonus points if the history of the package is reflected in the packaging repository. (master/upstream/pristine-tar git workflow is preferred). === Merge two drivers back to Debian === Currently, two drivers have been available in Ubuntu but got never synced to Debian: m2300w pxljr For these two, the following additional tasks have to be handled (first): * Contact the current Ubuntu maintainers to ask them if they would be interested in (co-)maintaining the package directly in Debian. === Package two drivers for Debian === Currently, two drivers have been added to recent new foomatic-db entries: rastertosag-gdi c2esp For those, the packaging has to be done from scratch. === Feedback and upload === For those 4 packages, I will happily provide feedback on packaging techniques, processes, etc. More globally, I will make sure to mentor the person taking the challenge and guide him/her until the package gets out of NEW (including sponsoring the package; of course). I will also happily mentor and sponsor subsequent uploads of those packages. === Candidate ? === Anyone willing to get involved in making Debian better on the long term (having DM and/or DD statuses in sight is good), ready to maintain said packages on the long-term, with reasonable preliminary knowledge of the Debian Policy, packaging techniques and git usage can apply. (If you think you don't qualify, then don't be shy and apply anyway!) A candidate owning or having access to a printer needing the given driver is a big bonus; of course. Please answer to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning the package(s) you would like to care about and/or talk to me over IRC in #debian-printing on irc.debian.org. Looking forward for collaboration, cheers, OdyX
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