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

Gerry Boland gerry.boland at canonical.com
Mon Jul 10 20:25:22 UTC 2017

Hey Clive
thanks for the welcome!

On 10/07/17 19:52, Clive Johnston wrote:
> To be honest we could do with a helping hand getting new packages into
> the archive as this is the main "thorn" in our side at this moment in
> time.  Would you mind giving us a shout in #kubuntu-devel when you are
> free to talk?

Yep, I've been told already that getting new packages into the archive
is a sore-point. I'm not a MOTU/core-dev unfortunately, but I know
several to bother.

Is there any existing workflow for you to get packages promoted? Is it
currently a case of poke-this-person-and-wait-and-pray?

> You mentioned you are using KDE on your desktop, is that Kubuntu, KDE
> neon or another distro?

I'm firmly Ubuntu (Zesty still, need to jump onto Artful) - I've
installed kubuntu-desktop and tweaked the hell out of Plasma. It is a
bit Unity-ish! :)

> BTW Where are you in Ireland?  I'm up north in County Fermanagh.  Would
> also like to see the Irish LoCo run a few more events, as it hasn't seen
> much love recently - http://loco.ubuntu.com/teams/ubuntu-ie/ is that
> something you would be interested in?

I'm based in Dublin ATM. Yeah the Irish LoCo has kinda faded, which is a
pity. I do think Meetups have replaced them, as they're far more
specific - I was a member of the Python Ireland committee, and helped
organise a few events for them. It is a very successful community today.
But I had to leave within a year due to lack of spare time to contribute.

So for the Irish Loco, I'd love to see it rise again. Or even a meetup
group of people passionate about the open source desktop. I'm just
unable to commit to anything right now. Apologies


> On 10 July 2017 at 19:13, Gerry Boland <gerry.boland at canonical.com
> <mailto:gerry.boland at canonical.com>> 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.
>     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.
>     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!
>     To get in touch with me, you can
>     - just email me: gerry.boland at canonical.com
>     <mailto: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?
>     Thanks for your attention, and looking forward to helping out!
>     Cheers
>     -Gerry
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