MOTU Application

Jordan Mantha mantha at
Fri Nov 16 17:12:10 GMT 2007

All I've got to say is, it's about stinkin' time! Go jdong!


On Nov 15, 2007 11:05 PM, John Dong <jdong at> wrote:
> Dear MOTU Council,
> Please consider my application to become MOTU.
> I've been a Ubuntu user and involved with the management of UbuntuForums
> since Warty's release, and have continued to dedicate myself to the
> bettering of Ubuntu.
> I started looking into the mechanics of packaging towards the end of
> that release cycle as I started Backports as an unofficial hobby. Since
> then, Backports has integrated with Ubuntu and I continue to head the
> Backports project.
> My MOTU work initially started as fixing trivial bugs found during the
> process of backporting but grew from there to encompass more activities.
> During the Feisty release cycle I worked on introducing a new upstream
> release of x264 in coordination with MOTU Media and oversaw all of the
> reverse dependencies that needed patching and rebuilding. I'm also an
> administrator of the MOTU-P2P team and have been helping with new
> versions and backports of KTorrent for several release cycles. Recently,
> I've fixed the packaging of Azureus so that it finally works after all
> these years :).
> On a technical basis, I feel I have a solid grasp of our packaging
> technologies, policies, and processes, as long as various technical
> aspects of Ubuntu. I've been hanging around and participating in
> #ubuntu-motu and #ubuntu-devel for several years and have deeply
> benefited from the vast knowledge of our developer community. Just as
> importantly, I feel I have a strong sense of when I lack experience with
> something or don't feel I've done something right, and I won't hesitate
> to ask and make sure. I think I've had a good track record of not
> breaking stuff or doing stupid things :)
> On a community basis, I think I get along and work really well with our
> community and possess the communication skills of a good MOTU. I hope
> those whom I've had the honor to work with feel the same way. As I said
> before, I don't hesitate to ask and I definitely won't upload anything
> I'm not 100% confident about.
> After becoming MOTU, I will continue to work heavily on the MOTU-P2P
> project and enhancing our collection of peer-to-peer tools, and also
> wish to continue with enhancing our multimedia/codec stack too. I also
> will continue chasing after and fixing those pesky bugs that tend to be
> ignored for shinier work :)
> Over the time I've worked with many people and I've CC'ed a few that I
> feel would have the most first-hand experience with me:
> * Scott Kitterman
> * Andrea Veri
> * William Grant
> * Emmet Hikory
> Again, thanks for your time and all you do for Ubuntu -- it would be an
> honor to be a part of such a great team. If any more information is
> required from me, don't hesitate to ask!
> -John Dong
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