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Re: Debian Maintainer Application for Ritesh Raj Sarraf

On 09/10/14 13:59 +0530, Ritesh Raj Sarraf said ...
> This is my declaration of intent to become a Debian Maintainer 
> <URL:http://wiki.debian.org/Maintainers>.
> I have read the Social Contract, Debian Free Software Guidelines and Debian 
> Machine Usage Policy and agree with all of them. I have also read and agree to 
> the Debian Policy and the Developer Reference.

I am happy to advocate Ritesh's application for DM-ship.


> Currently, I maintain the packages fusecompress, pytagsfs, laptop-mode-tools, 
> apt-offline and I co‐maintain the packages argparse and inotifyx.
> I am also the upstream developer/maintainer for laptop-mode-tools and apt-
> offline.

Bart Samwel, the original upstream and package maintainer for
laptop-mode-tools indicated that the quality of laptop-mode-tools has improved
after Ritesh took up maintenance, and that he is friendly, constructive,
welcomes outside input and keeps an open mind.

> A list of the packages that I maintain can be seen at my QA Page:
> http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=rrs@researchut.com
> My GnuPG key F00A2BE6 is signed by the Debian Developer Y Giridhar Appaji Nag 
> (appaji). I switched to this new key to have a increased strength. I would 
> like to use this key for all Debian work.
> I also have an old key, 04F130BC, which has been signed by more people 
> including Debian Developers - Erik Schanze and Julien Cristau.

As he indicated, I signed his old as well as new GPG keys and asked him to
have his new key signed by a few other DDs who can be approached in Bangalore.

> Debian Developer Y Giridhar Appaji Nag (appaji) has been the primary sponsor 
> for most of my work. Piotr Ożarowski and Luca Falavigna have also helped me 
> with sponsorship.

I contacted Piotr who said that he has no objections and would add a DMUA flag
on packages he sponsors for Ritesh after a while.

> Giridhar Nag will be advocating for my Debian Maintainer request.

I met Ritesh a few years ago in the context of the local Linux users group.

Ritesh understands Debian procedures quite well.  He reports bugs in Debian,
quite a few with patches and understand the release process etc..  His
packaging skills have improved a lot over time and I think he can update
packages on his own now (I haven't had too many review comments on his
packaging in the recent past).  He understands policy and has the necessary
social and Debian development skills for being a DM.

Ritesh is quite proud of his apt-offline package (uploaded to unstable the
other day) that can be used to update disconnected Debian machines via bundles
of packages downloaded on another connected machine (which need not be a
Debian box and can even be running Windows).  apt-offline demonstrates his
understanding of apt.

I am certain that Ritesh will be a good asset to the project and heartily
recommend him as a Debian Maintainer, and I hope that he will work towards
becoming a Debian Developer soon.


Y Giridhar Appaji Nag | http://people.debian.org/~appaji/

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