Re: DM application for Geoffrey Thomas
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On Wed, 6 Mar 2013, Geoffrey Thomas wrote:
> Hi all,
> This is my declaration of intent to become a Debian Maintainer. I
> have read the Social Contract, Debian Free Software Guidelines, and
> Debian Machine Usage Policy, and agree with all of them. Currently,
> I co-maintain the package config-package-dev in Debian and
> upstream, and also maintain the package timidity (poorly, but I'll
> pick up work on that after the release). My PGP key ID 5C413520 is
> signed by Debian Developers Karl Ramm <kcr>, Asheesh Laroia
> <paulproteus>, Colin Watson <cjwatson>, and Andrew Starr-Bochicchio
> <asb>, and a handful of Ubuntu developers too.
> I look forward to not having to bother Karl or Asheesh when I want
> to upload things.
I am thrilled to advocate for Geoffrey Thomas. He has been
contributing to Debian actively for years, and Debian will be better
as he becomes more active.
In particular, here is some high-quality work I have seen him do:
* He provides expertise related to Debian to MIT's student computing
group, MIT, and the campus as a whole, through the Debathena project
and actively discussing it although he is now an alum.
* He files high-quality bugs in Debian, including some against my
alpine package, and works to make sure those bugs are taken to the
upstream where appropriate.
* As part of his work, he maintains a Debian derivative, and spends
time to extract components that can be useful upstream (like
config-package-dev, the package I want to permit him to upload) and in
* He enjoys discussing the minutiae of licenses, but moreover, does so
in an *informed* and respectful way.
* He organized an MIT-based Debian bug squashing party I wrote about
I am convinced that Geoffrey is committed to upholding the Debian
Social Contract for his work in Debian, and look forward to helping
him do more work by seeing him added to the Debian Maintainers keyring.
- -- Asheesh.
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