Daniel Holbach moves to Community team - more focus on MOTU

Daniel Holbach daniel.holbach at ubuntu.com
Mon Sep 10 10:01:20 BST 2007

Hi Stefan,

Am Freitag, den 07.09.2007, 21:26 +0200 schrieb Stefan Potyra:
> I'm interested, what exactly needs refinement or improvement? How will this 
> get implemented? Does this imply, that MOTUs are not able to improve and 
> refine themselves when necessary? What effect will it have on the current 
> MOTU government structure?

Things I want to see improve over the next couple of weeks are for

      * Quicker and better sponsoring process. I am spending more time
        on triaging http://daniel.holba.ch/sponsoring/; also as a step
        to get things done quicker and to share the load of doing
        reviews on more people, I assign review tasks to Canonical
        Distro people. This will hopefully result in good feedback and
        more MOTU contributors. Also I wrote 'revuput' and added it to
        ubuntu-dev-tools, which will also help with the sponsoring
      * Better documentation. http://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Recipes was
        just a first step, but we need to clean up the MOTU wiki and try
        to integrate much more with
        http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDevelopment - this will help us
        keeping things up to date and avoid duplication of docs.
      * Lots of other things which will help us getting more people
        involved in MOTU and more healthy sub-teams going.

The MOTU team has done an outstanding job at re-reviewing policies and
changing processes. Nobody tries to imply anything else. I personally am
very excited and also privileged about the opportunity to work in the
MOTU team on work time. I see all my goals and TODO items as things the
team wanted to work on anyways. All items above have been discussed many
many times.

The MOTU governance structure is not going to change at all.

> Where do you see possible conflicts inside the developer community? How will 
> this integrate with the current means of conflict resolution?

I talk to people - personally. That's all. This is something that is not
easily enforceable or solvable by technical processes of governance
bodies. Sometimes a good discussion helps much better than a full-blown
community meeting or discussion on a public mailing list.

Thank you Stefan for your honest mail and honest questions. What strikes
me about it is (and those were not only your questions, but others asked
them as well) that the nature of most of them is what I'd call

I feel that everybody in the MOTU team will acknowledge that there is a
lot of work to be done, especially organisational work. If we want to
make MOTU more inviting, more open and easier understandable for
outsiders, we need to put efforts and time into fixing a bunch of
problems. We also all know that most of us prefer to spend time on
fixing bugs or taking care of packages we like, and that's important -
it's key to what MOTU does - but unfortunately that doesn't help us with
the bigger, organisational problems.

I'm very pleased that Canonical, as a major contributor to Ubuntu is
willing to make resources for that available; I'd prefer if we could
think about ideas how I can help there together instead of wondering how
Canonical wants to interfere MOTU.

Please let me know if you have further doubts or questions. I don't want
them to be left unanswered.

Up until now I never had to wear either my MOTU hat or only my
Canonical hat and I don't see that happening anytime soon.

Have a nice day,

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