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Re: Finding a mentor

Hi Maria, Francesca and everyone else

On 5 April 2012 20:35, Francesca Ciceri <madamezou@debian.org> wrote:
Hi María,


AFAIK the Mentor Program is still running: Lisley and Helen can you

Yes it is,  I wasn't too well for a while and then things have gone a bit mad
in real life so my apologies - I should have delegated.

On Thu, Apr 05, 2012 at 08:43:04PM +0200, María wrote:
> Dear all,
> Hello! My name is María and I wrote this e-mail about 5 to 6 months ago to
> mentoring@women.debian.org but got no answer so far... I am really
> interested on debian and so I send it again to this list in case the other
> list is not being followed or doesn't exist anymore. Sorry if I am spamming
> your mailing list. ^-^

Don't worry the list is here exactly for talking about how make Debian
more welcoming and help newcomers!

There is no way writing to any Debian list looking to get involved could be
called spamming, Maria.
> I am interested in working on Debian development. I am a computer
> > scientist, but my knowledge of Linux is still limited. However, I really
> > like gnu license and the debian social contract, so I would like to get
> > deeply involved. Right now I work at UPV modifying a hypervisor called
> > Xtratum, so I have a basic knowledge of Operating System level programming.
> > I would like to program and fix bugs. My final goal is to be able to help
> > with kernel maintenance and enhancement, but by now I would like to learn
> > all the basics that may help me achieve this goal.
> >
> > Please give me some advice if possible. I am Spanish and can manage
> > English. I can also understand Catalan. I wouldn't mind helping with
> > translations and documentation, but as I already said, I am mainly
> > interested in programming and bugs.

My suggestion is to join the QA Team [1], helping them in their
effort (fixing bugs, doing maintainance for orphaned packages, etc.).
If you want to work on bugs, you can take a look at this tutorial [2] and
read a bit about bug triaging [3].
Another idea could be to work on bugs tagged "gift" [4] on the Bug Tracking System
(BTS): these bugs are easy to squash and in general suitable for new contributors to

1: http://wiki.debian.org/qa.debian.org/Join
2: http://wiki.debian.org/HowtoUseBTS
3: http://wiki.debian.org/BugTriage
4: http://wiki.debian.org/qa.debian.org/GiftTag

Another interesting thing could be to help in squashing RC-stable bugs:
bugs affecting our stable release sometimes are less actively squashed,
but are as important as the RC-bugs for the other releases. Rhonda,
AFAIK, works a lot on them: and she'll be probably happy to give you some

If you have any doubt, don't hesitate and ask here or on our IRC chan
(#debian-women at irc.debian.org)!

Thank you so much for giving Maria this advice, Francesca.

Maria : are you happy with this advice and do you want me to continue with
finding you a mentor?

Kind Regards


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