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Cesare Tirabassi

In the next few interviews we will be talking with some of the newly minted MOTUs. Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) is a familiar face to anybody in #ubuntu-motu and became a full-fledged MOTU on 2007-09-21.

Age: Approaching twice your average MOTU …
Location: Rome, home to the Coliseum and the permanent traffic jam.
IRC Nick: norsetto

How long have you used Linux and what was your first distro?
It’s even more embarrassing than the age question. Since, hmm, like, hmmm, February, errr this year. The first try was Debian (a disaster). After a quick flirt with Knoppix I found Ubuntu. It was love at first sight.

How long have you been using Ubuntu?
Ever since and not looking back once.

When did you get involved with the MOTU team and how?
Almost immediately, you can find in the motu mailing list archive the email of “young” me, titled “Willing to help”, dated 7 March.

What helped you learning packaging and learning how the Ubuntu teams work?
Its a very good question because for me the two were strictly correlated, the more I learned about how the Ubuntu teams work, the more I learned about packaging. The biggest help was the feedback from MOTUs, either sponsoring my uploads, commenting in REVU or giving me suggestions or answers to my questions in #ubuntu-motu.

Favorite part of working with MOTU?
The community. Being part of this amazing collection of people whose work reaches millions of other people everywhere, its just overwhelming.

Any advice for people wanting to help with MOTU?
Don’t be shy, don’t be afraid, and the more you give the more you will be given.

What can be done to help new contributors become new MOTUs?
I really think we need somebody which is dedicated full-time to training, recruiting, coordinating sponsorship and mentoring, updating and making available documentation, organising lessons and Q&A sessions, being a point of reference that contributors can look at. Daniel is doing a tremendous job in this respect but there is only so much one can do when one has 4 or 5 full-time jobs.

Any Plans for Hardy Heron?
Learning packaging :-)
And helping new contributors as much as I can with the little I’ve learned up to now.

Favorite quote?
I’ve fortune set to give me quotes from Terry Pratchett books. Every one is a gem.

What do you do in your other spare time?
Sleep. Serious.

Pic of you, your work area, and/or your screen?
Attached. I’m the small white and red hairy one.

norsetto’s pic

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