Considering component-specific work when reviewing applications

Emmet Hikory persia at
Tue Aug 19 16:58:40 BST 2008

Dustin Kirkland wrote:
> According to the diagram shown here:
>  *
> there is a "dotted line" between a Prospective Developer and a "Core
> Developer", and a note that this an exceptional case.  The more common
> case is for MOTU to apply for Core Developer recognition.  In fact,
> that page states that "Core Developers are often recruited among the
> MOTUs".

    Indeed.  Most of those who become involved with Ubuntu development
due so because they "want to help", and are typically pointed at those
packages which are not receiving as much attention, which tend to be
in universe.  This typically creates a workflow and work habits that
are universe-focused.  Those developers who become immediately
involved in the Kubuntu, Desktop, Server, Kernel, and Foundations
teams are less common, and rightly referred to as exceptions.  Many
MOTU, as their skills and confidence develop, may become in involved
in one of these teams, and find that they need to become a Core
Developer to continue their work effectively.  When these teams seek
new members, they often seek them from existing developers who may
have shown some interest in the area previously, adn who may be MOTU.

> That page also goes on to describe the process by which one applies
> for Core Developer membership, which involves going through the MOTU
> Council and asking for them to present the individual and application
> to the Tech Board for consideration as a Core Developer.
> That page certainly makes it seem that to either become a MOTU or a
> Core Developer, one needs to seek and attain the approval of the MOTU
> Council.

    The application process is almost identical for either
application: the applicant simply states for which role they are
applying, and those providing endorsements are expected to currently
participate in the role for which the applicant has applied.  In the
case of Core Developers, MOTU Council will make a recommendation for
or against to the Technical Board, who will additionally interview the
applicant during a scheduled meeting for final approval.  In the case
of MOTU, MOTU Council will directly accept or reject the application.
Generally, applicants are expected to demonstrate a higher degree of
technical facility when applying for Core Developer, although many
applicants for MOTU have also reached this level at the time of their


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