Sunday, November 22, 2009

explicatus

I've managed to discuss the blog (at length) but not really explain what I am trying to accomplish.  Redressment, therefore, is in order.

Firstly, I felt a need to contribute back to Ubuntu Studio and the Ubuntu community.  Ubuntu Studio is an awesomely functional and powerful operating system with equally potent applications, all provided free (as in beer).  Such a gift, freely given, humbles me and compels me to help as I can in turn.

I feel that contributions in this arena will be comprised of testing and documentation.  These are areas that do not require any substantial or overtly specialized knowledge and provide an easy subject into which to integrate.  Easing the transition of new people into helping in these areas would be considered a secondary goal.

Secondly, and slightly less altruistically, I want to focus on provided continually updated back ports of applications for the Ubuntu Studio LTS (long term support) version.  The main impetus for this commitment is derived because I use the LTS version for stability but crave the new (and proven) application features of subsequent releases.

Therefore I expect to maintain a continual sense of activity of back porting applications such as JACK and Ardour.  I say a "sense of activity" because this is not a day-to-day activity, rather it will be a recurring, sporadic activity based upon application updates.  But, I also feel it is an incredibly important, undermanned and undervalued activity.  I am humbled with the sense of responsibility to help fill the need.

Additionally, I would like to also learn about packaging from scratch.  Learning packaging from scratch would provide incredible amounts of knowledge so that I may be more helpful to the Ubuntu Studio developers.  This could help resolve bugs in packaging or perhaps package new applications as they are available.

Lastly, I hope to be considered among the ranks of Ubuntu Studio developers.  Vainglorious perhaps, but this would give me a sense of accomplishment, a validation of my contributions and a sense of acceptance into such a niche group.
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