Changes to the Universe Development team structure

Cody A.W. Somerville cody-somerville at
Thu Apr 3 16:15:31 BST 2008

If we move forward with this (*coughs* see #ubuntu-motu and following
e-mails *coughs*), then this team should be a member of the ubuntu bug
control team (ie. allowing them to set importance level, etc.). This would
mean that the minimum requirements for joining the group would have to be
heightened though to include the prerequisites of the ubuntu bug control
team. However, I don't think that'll be a problem as it sounds like the
perfect candidate for this team would already be (or should be) a member of
the ubuntu bug control team.



On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 11:07 AM, Emmet Hikory <persia at> wrote:

>    In recognition of the growing number of developers, a new
> development team is being introduced to provide further granularity of
> entitlements within Ubuntu Development: the Universe Hackers (Ubuntu
> Contributing Developers) (1).  This team is intended to include all
> who have been actively involved with universe development for some
> time, have provided significant contributions, and have a sustained
> commitment to the development community.
>    All current MOTU have been added to this team (indirectly), and
> new members are encouraged to apply by sending mail to
> motu-council at with a reference to their updated wiki
> page, indications of other current team members willing to sponsor
> their membership, and their plans for future activity.  Applicants are
> expected to meet the following criteria:
> * Have been working with Ubuntu development for some time, with a
> number of bugs fixed in the archives
> * Have a close working relationship with other members of the Ubuntu
> community
> * Have a clear plan for future activity
> * Have updated their wiki page to meet the criteria listed on
>    While the specific entitlements granted to this team are still
> expanding, the intent is to allow most development activities that do
> not specifically require upload to the archives or extensive
> experience with package management to be performed by members of this
> team.  In addition to other efforts underway, I would like to
> encourage anyone maintaining a VCS for Ubuntu packaging of a universe
> package to consider using this team in place of ~ubuntu-dev as a
> source of acceptable committers.  Further, if anyone has any specific
> suggestions of other entitlements that should properly belong to this
> team, please reply here, or raise in a MOTU Meeting.
>    Along with this new team, the previous Contributors of packages
> for ubuntu universe team (ubuntu-universe-contributors) is undergoing
> a rename to "Universe Code Monkeys" (~universe-code-monkeys), and a
> transition is planned for existing members to expire after six months
> have passed.  All members of the Universe Hackers and all Ubuntu
> Developers will remain members, and anyone whose membership expires
> will be welcome to rejoin (although those working on packaging for
> greater than six months are definitely encouraged to become Universe
> Hackers).  This should significantly reduce the REVU keyring sync
> delay, and may grant other entitlements in the future.
> 1:
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