Hi, I'm new here (and also Canonical's new point of contact on the KDE advisory board)

Rik Mills rikmills at kubuntu.org
Mon Jul 10 19:06:11 UTC 2017

Welcome. It was a pleasant surprise to get that email. :)

On 10/07/17 19:13, Gerry Boland wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I need to introduce myself as I'm new to this community: I'm Gerry, from
> Ireland, and have been an engineer with Canonical for over 5 years now.
> I started out on the Unity2d desktop at first (Qt4 + QML1), before
> moving to start the Ubuntu phone project, first on its UI toolkit, then
> moving to working on Unity8 and Mir (Qt5 & QML2).
> Now that Unity is no more, I'm happy to say I'm back to using KDE as my
> desktop again - which I was using long before I joined Canonical. I've
> Qt deep in my soul at this stage too.

Welcome home.

> I've volunteered to be a helping hand to this community in any way I
> can. If you need someone inside Canonical to do something for you, from
> sponsoring packages to bug digging, please contact me and I'll help, or
> get the right person to help.

We certainly will. With no active MOTU or core -dev on our team at the
moment, we have struggled to get things like new sources into the
archive, and similar permission based tasks. A clear direct or indirect
route to 'get things done' is very much appreciated.

> I'm also Canonical's Point of Contact on KDE's Advisory Board. I'm not
> sure what that entails yet, but I'm attending Akademy in a few weeks so
> should to learn what I can do to help. I hope to meet some of you folk
> there too!

Sadly I can't go, but I think at least Valorie Zimmerman and one or 2
others will be there.

> To get in touch with me, you can
> - just email me: gerry.boland at canonical.com
> - ping me on IRC: "greyback" is my nick, I'll be lurking on #kubuntu-devel
> Are there other places I should hang out? Other IRC channels,
> Slack/Telegram groups, etc?

We don't use slack (sadly), but the obvious KDE related IRC channels
might be advisable.

#plasma (quite active especially for Monday planning meetings
#kde-neon (we still have much crossover with them in tools, packaging etc)

There is also the kubuntu devel Telegram channel, which is basically a
bridge to the IRC one.

We are now tracking tasks and many docs for the project here:


> Thanks for your attention, and looking forward to helping out!
> Cheers
> -Gerry

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