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NM process (was: Question to all candidates about the NM process)

Bill Allombert <allomber@math.u-bordeaux.fr> wrote:

> My own opinion is that if an applicant is doing a sizable job in Debian
> already, they should be exempted of much of T&S. They have shown the 
> skill to do the work they are more likely to do anyway, and they will
> have time to learn new skills as they need them. That might speed up the
> process a bit.

(I don't know how you define sizable, but anyway:)  I think the NM
process is also something that the applicant can profit from a lot.

When I became a DD, I had already been involved in teTeX packaging for
quite a while, and there were some uploads that contained mainly changes
made by me.  I tried to make the packages both more policy-compliant and
more user-friendly with respect to conf(iguration) file handling, I
addressed licensing issues, etc.  When you had asked me before the NM
process, I'd probably have thought that I already knew most of the
things important for handling teTeX.

However, I did learn a lot both in the T&S and P&P (philosophy and
procedures, or what's the name) part of the process, most importantly
about library handling (which became important with the libkpathsea3->4
transition), evaluating licenses (which is important now, see the
several bugs on the tetex-base source package) and internal structure of
a binary package (knowledge which I seem to use every week).

Not that I couldn't have learned that also later, when I really needed
it.  But the NM process was in fact a good opportunity to learn it
right, get immediate feedback on my achievements (and not via the
BTS...), and to take it serious.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX)

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