Re: I want in!

Le lundi 07 novembre 2005 à 12:16 -0700, Elijah Newren a écrit :
> On 11/7/05, Federico Mena Quintero <federico ximian com> wrote:
> > Dearest release team,
> >
> > Short story:  I'd love to be a member of the release team :)
> >
> > With the recent push for performance, stability, and all that, I think
> > we could have some automated processes in place to ensure that our
> > releases get only better.  I think I could provide some useful work for
> > this.
> >
> > So, what should I do to be part of The Cabal?
> Typically, the way the team has worked is that when one person leaves
> the team, they suggest a replacement.  Of course, it doesn't need to
> always be that way, and I see nothing saying that we couldn't expand
> the team.  So, there are a couple ways we could go about this plus
> some extra points we need to consider:
> - Luis and Frederic both expressed in team meetings last cycle that
> their time was shrinking and that they'd probably leave the team soon.
>  They may have just avoided taking the time to find a replacement, so
> you may want to ping them to see if they still feel the same way or
> have changed their minds.

Well, in the early days of my release team membership, I was able to
integrate release team responsabilities with my daily job (packaging and
maintaining GNOME in Mandrake/Mandriva). Unfortunately, due to schedule
clash with Mandriva own schedule, for three releases (18 months), I was
not able to deal with the "next to be released" GNOME version in my job
(mainly because we couldn't integrate it with enough testing before
shipping next distro release), which probably caused my motivation and
involvement in the release team to be lower than before (even if I was
able to start some nice flamewar recently, with the "should we push GTK+
2.8 in GNOME 2.12 ?" thread :)

Fortunately, Mandriva has now switched to a yearly release process,
which mean I should be able to follow much more closely GNOME 2.14
release (since I'll be pushing it in cooker) and maybe even GNOME 2.16
(it will depend whether GNOME schedule and Mandriva schedule clash again
at that time).

So, I think I can still find some time doing release team job for 2.14
but it doesn't mean we should accept Federico in the release team, "au
contraire", I welcome his high technical skills in various domain of
GNOME (ie he is a much better hacker than me, which will be probably
good for patch review :)

> - I've chatted with Johnathan over email recently and he expressed a
> similar sentiment, so you could also contact him.  An important point
> he brought up, though, is that we need to work hard to be open about
> our plans so that distributors relying on us can plan accordingly. 
> (He says we've been doing a good job recently, but it was a concern
> about whether we'd be able to keep it up and I'm sure we still have
> room to improve.)

Indeed (concerning links with distributors). 

Frederic Crozat <fcrozat mandriva com>

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