Didier Roche (didrocks)
IRC Nick: didrocks
Yeah, I am using a default theme with almost no modification. This is because I have to update my free book (licence CC:BY-SA) every 6 months and the screenshots have to be taken with default wallpaper and configuration. Then… well, I’m lazy and default one is sufficient for me :) And my real desktop is… ok, it’s not really a desktop but Wi-Fi ROCKS :p
How long have you used Linux and what was your first distro?
I started using Linux with Red Hat 6 in 1999. I then really become a regular Linux user since Mandrake 7.0 with a KDE based interface. I used Mandrake until 9.0 release of Mandrake, and then decided to try Debian, and was truly satisfied with it, despite the long configuration time it took to have a working environment (at this epoch, this is no more the case now).
How long have you been using Ubuntu?
I was seeking for an easy-to-use and install Linux distribution. I found the “no-name-yet” just a little before the release of October 2004, known as Ubuntu today, and become to take some tests with it and immediately loved it. I have sticked with Ubuntu since and it makes me love the GNOME environment.
When did you get involved with the MOTU team and how?
Last July, during the RMLL (Libre Software Meeting in France), I spoke with Christophe Sauthier (huats) and he told me he was making some packages for Ubuntu. He presented the process and since then, I decided to get into it and start learning how to package.
What helped you learn packaging and how Ubuntu teams work?
Read read (read?) documentation! I never ceased to read documentation, starting from the great resource on Ubuntu wiki and I still do (now that I have finished the “how to secure Debian” and the “Debian reference guide”, I am getting into the “Debian FAQ”, just for fun! Ubuntu, as a derivated distribution of Debian benefits from both distribution huge documentations. I was also part of the mentoring program, and asked a lot and lots of questions to my mentor: Andrea Colangelo, warp10. High five to him! When other/more detailed explanations were needed, just jump to #ubuntu-motu or other Ubuntu channels. Nobody can know everything and that’s where the team is fantastic: you will always find someone who
will be able to help you.
What’s your favorite part of working with the MOTU?
My favorite part is without any contest, interaction with others. You will find great people, a big bunch of helpful and talentuous developers. With such things, you can discover an new thing/concept everyday. How exciting is to see how far GNU/Linux is today!
Any advice for people wanting to help out MOTU?
Do not hesitate to jump in! No programming skills are especially required. Everyone can make Ubuntu better and that’s a great opportunity. You can read https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/GettingStarted, https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek (the first session is available through 5 languages!). Sign for the mentor process if you prefer to have a mentor to guide you through your MOTU journey!
Are you involved with any local Linux/Ubuntu groups?
Yes! I am involved in French ubuntu-fr loco team as a member of the administration team and part of the chair (as the secretary) of ubuntu-fr French non governmental organization. With this, I am participating to French Ubuntu Party as a core organizer and go to various French FOSS meetings in promoting ubuntu, keeping also some relations with the press. Last event we organized was the Ubuntu Global Bug jam in Toulouse and in Paris and we will participate at 3 events in France this month, one of those is Solutions Linux.
What are you going to focus on in Jaunty and Jaunty+1?
I will still help in GNOME desktop area in the desktop team (please people from other countries come in! It seems to be a French place there!). On a personal project, I will try to dedicate some time to gchildcare, which will be a simple, user-friendly et secure parental children protection software.