Universe Contributors application for James Westby (james_w)

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Fri Aug 1 15:37:25 BST 2008

James Westby [2008-08-01 14:00 +0100]:
> My plan for the future is to keep on doing what I am doing.
> I believe that under the new mentoring scheme I would become
> eligible to mentor new contributors if I were accepted as
> a Universe Contributor, which is something that I would like
> to do. I would also keep working on the technical side with
> a hope to one day be in a position to apply for MOTU status
> so that I can do things like help out with the sponsoring
> queue.

Indeed I was quite surprised when I got the first merge sponsoring
from James some months ago. So far I had thought about him as "a bzr
guy", and then he suddenly provided a spotless merge of the pretty
complicated gnome-system-tools [1]. I sponsored a lot of GNOME,
PolicyKit, etc. merges, bug fixes, and improvements from him since
then, and there were never serious flaws or problems. His bug/patch
forwarding to upstream is exemplary as well, a trait which should
become a general standard amongst MOTUs.

I really appreciate his contributions to Ubuntu so far, and give my +1
for him becoming an official universe contributor, and eventually a

Full disclosure disclaimer: I actually mostly sponsored packages to
main for him, but this badge is called "Universe" contributor. From an
OGRE point of view, main is a subset of universe, but your policy
might be different. I can't actually remember 'real' universe uploads
from him, although he did a few.



[1] It might very well be that he coordinated that with other
ubuntu-desktop people before the sponsoring request, of course. But
that's the right thing to do, anyway. :-)

Martin Pitt                        | http://www.piware.de
Ubuntu Developer (www.ubuntu.com)  | Debian Developer  (www.debian.org)
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