MOTU Application for Nathan Handler (nhandler)

Nathan Handler nathan.handler at
Wed Dec 17 23:01:54 GMT 2008

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On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 7:18 AM, Soren Hansen  wrote:
> Hi, Nathan. Sorry about the long delay in handling your application.

I was a little surprised to see this email from you in my inbox today.
On November 28, I got an email from you saying:

On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 10:47:42PM -0600, Nathan Handler wrote:
> My name is Nathan Handler [1]. Please consider this my application to
> become a Master of the Universe (MOTU).

+1 from me, based on a very impressive amount of work, the quality of
which also seems to be quite good.
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Soren Hansen               |
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Upon closer inspection, I noticed that this message got sent only to
me, and not to the mailing list.
> Could you give me a few examples of stuff you did in Ubuntu that you're
> particularly proud of?

Without a doubt, I am most proud of the help I have provided to new
contributors. This assistance has been through a few different
methods. I have helped several people learn the basics of
patching/merging/updating packages, and helped them get their first
upload. I have also been spending a fair amount of time reviewing
packages on REVU during the development cycle. For several packages
there, I ended up having several long discussions with the uploader in
order to help them clean up their packages. In my opinion, taking time
to help teach other people is more valuable to the community than
simply preparing a patch to a bug. It goes back to the old Chinese
Proverb, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to
fish and you feed him for a lifetime.". If I prepare a patch for a
bug, one bug gets fixed. If I take the time to teach someone else to
patch a bug, I create a new Ubuntu developer who is able to patch many
more bugs.
> Have you packaged any new software from scratch?

I have not packaged anything from scratch. However, after working with
the upstream author during the intrepid cycle to get the debian/
directory removed from the tarball (and to make a few other changes),
I am now working on getting the package 'lyricue' into the Debian
repositories. Currently, it is on awaiting a
sponsor. I have also, like I mentioned earlier, spent a lot of time
reviewing packages on REVU. As a result, I have learned about what
goes into a good package, and what some common mistakes done while
packaging are.

Nathan Handler (nhandler)
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