MOTU Application

Andrew Mitchell ajmitch at
Mon Jun 25 07:34:56 BST 2007

On Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 11:59:55PM -0500, Richard A. Johnson wrote:
> Dear MOTU Council,
> I ask that you please consider the following information as input into the 
> application process to become a Master of the Universe.
> LazyWeb Locations:
>  *
>  *
> Background:
> I began my seek for MOTU membership during the Edgy release cycle by assisting 
> other members such as Daniel T. Chen, Jonathan Riddell, Sarah Hobbs, and 
> Brandon Holtsclaw. During the Feisty release cycle I increased my involvement 
> and spread out to applications that weren't so Kubuntu dependent, increasing 
> my knowledge in how the other platforms tend to work. Now it is the Gutsy 
> release cycle, and after people like Andrew Mitchell, Sarah Hobbs, Daniel T. 
> Chen, and Scott Kitterman stated I should apply, I have decided to officially 
> toss in my hat.
> During the Gutsy cycle I have become involved with the Debian KDE-Extras team 
> where I have been given access to commit to the SVN repo changes to packages 
> I help maintain and/or maintain solely. In Debian, I currently maintain the 
> KRename package and am working on getting a new embedded library maintained 
> and sponsored to help curb the issues with the Plucker application. Debian 
> has decided to suspend building the Plucker desktop, however I have been able 
> to use the library package I am working on to get the Plucker desktop to 
> build and function the way the upstream developers have planned. Recently I 
> got KMPlayer into Debian (actually going through sponsorship now).
> Working with the many MOTUs has expanded my horizon and got me working hands 
> on with Debian and even KDE. I have been hanging around the Ubuntu community 
> now for a couple of years, been a member for over a year, created and still 
> run the ever-so-famous Ubuntu Chicago LoCo. I also enjoy writing 
> documentation and maintaining Kubuntu and KDE documentation, of which I have 
> been working on since the Dapper release. I was recently nominated and 
> approved to join the Kubuntu Community Council in which I so graciously hold 
> a seat. I have been involved in various MOTU tasks and am eager to jump on a 
> project when someone offers just to hone my skills. I don't claim direct 
> maintainer-ship of any package as I tend to follow the Debian Maintainer 
> Field specification, and place the Maintainer-ship into MOTU hands. This even 
> goes for the packages I maintain in Debian.
> Sponsors:
> I really don't have one or two direct sponsors, as I have tended to aide 
> others in getting merges and syncs complete. The following are just a few of 
> the MOTUs and/or Core Developers who have sponsored a package or two for me:
>  * Jonathan Riddell
>  * Sarah Hobbs
>  * Daniel T. Chen
>  * Scott Kitterman
>  * Emmet Hickory
>  * Brandon Holtsclaw
> My MOTU Plans:
> Continue working with the great MOTUs and Core Developers helping to relieve 
> the stress that comes with the development cycle. Continue helping the 
> Kubuntu team, which has been undermanned for sometime now, as well as lend a 
> hand to the other communities as well. I have recently become involved with 
> the Derivatives team where I hope to help a bit from the KDE side of things. 
> I really enjoy working with newer people in the community getting them up to 
> speed in various aspects. I have even helped a few people now with some 
> packaging and revu'ing, and that is always exciting and rewarding when it is 
> successful. I am always open to new adventures and increasing responsibility. 
> I know when Google can't answer and a MOTU can. If it is a difficult task, I 
> know where and who to ask for guidance, and would never intentionally upload 
> a defective package. If I am uncertain about a package, I will definitely go 
> for assistance and get one or two opinions before uploading.
> I appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to hearing from you 
> shortly. Thank you!
> -- 
> Richard A. Johnson
> nixternal at
> GPG Key: 0x2E2C0124

Based on the work that I have seen, the numerous recommendations from
others, the length of time that Richard has been involved and his
willingness to work as part of a team, I'm willing to give him a +1, and
would welcome him as an addition to the MOTU team.

Andrew Mitchell

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