Stuff/team I’m currently involved with:

  • Debian System Administration: I’m just in the porter-* groups, so that I can fulfill installation requests in various chroots on Debian porterboxes; this means real DSA members can concentrate on more important things while still keeping the turnaround quick for developers who want to debug stuff on exotic architectures. Reminder for that procedure: Chroot Install Request Guidelines.

  • After having maintained the kfreebsd-* buildds for a while, I’m still in the wanna-build team, meaning I can take care of give backs, one of the most common requests on debian-wb-team@. It’s been a while since it’s been split up from debian-release@, and instructions are still available in wanna-build.txt. Basically: anything buildd-related goes to $ or, with the sole exception of binNMUs, which are handled by the release team.

  • Speaking of which, I joined the release team a few months ago; plenty of (not-so-)funny things to do, like coordinating transitions to testing, and more recently, dealing with unblock requests during the freeze. While the Debian world is usually driven by the “just do” motto, there’s one area where one has to learn to say “no, sorry”. Hopefully people won’t hate us for that, and we’ll find alternative ways (like backporting specific fixes, or postponing new features until wheezy-backports is open).

  • Given nobody on debian-boot@ stepped up to prepare new debian-installer releases, I figured I would give a hand there until somebody more involved with d-i would manage that on the long run. That’s a lot of heavy work, trying to get all involved packages into shape at a given moment, and getting people to fix their stuff when anything breaks. Hopefully that’ll work out and once CD images are ready, we should be able to run some more tests on those before officially publishing d-i beta 1.

  • And since the CD team is also understaffed, I joined Steve McIntyre a while ago during a point release to see how that was done, and how I could help. Things drove me to the other teams above, so I couldn’t help much so far, but at least I managed to build a few test images on pettersson (the very nice machine on which images are built), using the debian-cd account. The intent was to make sure debian-installer could safely migrate from unstable to testing. That has happened lately, so images are being prepared.

  • And of course I’m still maintaining the whole X stack, with the help of a few other guys on specific areas.

I don’t feel like getting hit by a bus, but I would hate burning out and going away from all this.

People have called repeatedly for help in core packaging team. And that has been true for the X Strike Force for a while (hint: Julien only managed to pull me into this because I ported the Graphical Installer from DirectFB to X11).

The same holds with non-packaging teams. I’m pretty sure Steve would love to see new members in debian-cd. I’m also pretty sure having more people involved in the d-i team would be very nice, especially if one could find out how to make the whole release process less insane than it is currently. I guess we could try out new ideas right after the release; it feels to me that right now is just not the time to fight the current release process.