[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: All DPL candidates: Time dedicated to the project + team

Hi Sylvestre,

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:58:07AM +0100, Sylvestre Ledru wrote:
> * Are you allowed by your employer to work during the week on DPL tasks
> or is it something that you are going to do on your free time?

A bit of both. Collabora allows for a certain percentage of time to be
spent on "Community", though I'm in no doubts it'll require quite a lot
of my free time as well!
As a former City Councillor however, I'm quite aware of time
requirements - I spent about 20 hours per week doing that for four
years, as well as a full time job (and being Release manager!).

> * Are you considering a second-in-charge or a "DPL team" (like the DPL
> helpers but with more official roles) ?

I don't intend on running on a platform of a DPL board/team - this has
been discussed quite extensively in the past [0], or Project SCUD [1].
We have teams, and delegations. I'm not convinced that adding yet
another committee, and the overhead and bureaucracy that this entails is
beneficial to the project.

However, I do think it's an essential skill for the DPL to be able to
delegate tasks (rather than formal delegations, though those may be
needed in some circumstances). The DPL helpers initiative was an attempt
to start along these lines, and has helped relieve some of the issues

I would be keen to try and find people who want to take on some of the
other more administrative tasks, but I'm aware of the difficulties that
this entails. For example, both myself and Steve McIntyre were
victimised^W^Wvolunteered to co-ordinate the sprint approvals by
Stefano, but without the budgetary sign-off, there wasn't really much we
could do. Additionally, while I was on the SPI board, I often wondered
why we don't get more people involved in the non-technical side of
Debian. The conclusion I came to was that it doesn't interest people as
much, they'd rather just get on with producing an excellent

I do find the concept of the 2IC more appealing, I think this is a
better model, and shall be putting more thought into this if elected.

Sorry, this turned into a bit of a longer mail than the simple yes/no
answer you may have been after.

[0] https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2007/02/msg00061.html
[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/03/msg00035.html

Attachment: signature.asc
Description: Digital signature

Reply to: