The Gibbon will land in just a few days and everybody’s quite excited about it. If you always wanted to get involved in Ubuntu and didn’t know how: this is the perfect time to get started at becoming a MOTU. The Hardy cycle will be all yours
What is MOTU? It’s the “Master Of The Universe” – the team that takes care of the biggest chunk of packages in Ubuntu and the best way to get involved in packaging and making Ubuntu rock even harder.
We’ll have a MOTU Q&A session on Friday, October 12th, at 14:30 UTC in #ubuntu-classroom on irc.freenode.net
If you always wanted to get involved, here’s the best way to prepare:
The MOTU Recipes contain series of simple steps that will give you a feeling of the development tools you use as a developer every day and will show explain a few concepts that are worth knowing. We had really good feedback on the recipes, so be sure to check them out.
If you have worked on Ubuntu for quite a while already and want to report about things you do regularly, please don’t hesitate and share them at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Recipes – even if it’s just an initial draft, the MOTU team will help you out to get it right.
One thing that has been agreed on in the MOTU team for lots of times and something I always wanted to get working on is cleaning up the Ubuntu MOTU Wiki. The MOTU team has grown in size and processes and direction and into lots of interesting ideas since the team was started around three years ago and so has its wiki namespace.
Emmet Hikory and I propose in this spec how to deal with those pages. Some will get merged into the UbuntuDevelopment pages, some unceremoniously dropped, some made official and better integrated with the rest of the pages. If you see these headers on wiki pages you will know what to do.
The key ideas for the wiki of the future are:
MOTU page is a start-off page, which will make it easy to get an overview over what MOTU is and how to get involved.
Just start playing around with packaging tools and reading about our starting points. After that you best get in touch with friendly people who’ll help you, when you get stuck somewhere. Then it’s time to get cracking on real-life bugs and problems; we categorized some of them on this page. You’ll surely find something easy.
We finally reviewed our review process for new packages / patches and we have much less latency there now. This overview shows you contributions in three categories: Patches for packages in main, universe and new packages.
Also we’ll have a MOTU Q&A session in #ubuntu-motu on Friday (Aug 24th) at 12:00 UTC. If you have any problems or questions, just join the channel and we’ll help you get going.
Happy Birthday GNOME! Thanks for all the goodness you bring to us all the time!
In an attempt to make GNOME even better, we’ll celebrate its birthday properly, we’ll have a Celebratory Hug Day!
So on 22 August 2007, in all timezones, we’ll be meeting in #ubuntu-bugs on irc.freenode.net for a very special Hug Day. If you’re interested in helping to improve Ubuntu and GNOME, please join us. Feel free to ask pedro, bdmurray, heno and the rest of the team for ways to help out. We hope to see you there and your name on the list of bug triagers!