Julien Lavergne (gilir)
Location: Paris, France
IRC Nick: gilir
How long have you used Linux and what was your first distro?
My first distro was a Mandriva in 2004, but I really began to use Linux with an Ubuntu 5.04.
How long have you been using Ubuntu?
Since Hoary (5.04). It was the first ditro I used full time. I’m using Ubuntu until now, with some period under Debian Sid.
When did you get involved with the MOTU team and how?
I began during Edgy cycle, by reporting some bugs, doing some testing. I began with no particular knowledge, no coding skills, a terrific English (still a problem, but it’s better :)) I quickly learn how to patch, re-build a package, or playing with apt-get. My first package uploaded on Ubuntu was avant-window-navigator, and it’s still my favorite pet package :)
What helped you learn packaging and how Ubuntu teams work?
Mostly the documentation, Debian reference and Debian Policy, and all How-To for all tools (cdbs, quilt, dh7, python-support …). I learned also with all my sponsors, in both Debian and Ubuntu.
What’s your favorite part of working with the MOTU?
No particular favorite part. When I work too much on a part, I switch to another so I always have something fun to do.
Any advice for people wanting to help out MOTU?
Don’t start with a new package. You will learn faster, and more by working on existing packages. And there is so much to do with existing packages … It’s also a good way to find sponsors for future new packages you want to include ;)
Are you involved with any local Linux/Ubuntu groups?
A bit with the French LoCo Team, installing Ubuntu on new users during Ubuntu parties in Paris. It’s nice to talk to users sometimes, to listen their problems/wishes/trolls :)
What are you going to focus on in Karmic and Karmic+1?
For Karmic, I kept an eye on some packages I try to maintain (awn, ogmrip, conduit …). For Lynx, I’ll have more time for sync packages from Debian, introduce new stuff, and work on Lubuntu more than I done for Karmic.
What do you do in your other spare time?
Not much time after real work and Ubuntu work, but when I find some time, I watches movies, and travel.