Checklist for the Applicants
Step -1: Contribute
Before applying, one should really contribute to the Project through sponsored uploads, teams or other means first.
Step 0: Request for a change of status
After this step, the Applicant is known to the system and the Debian New Member Front Desk is the primary contact for questions concerning the Application. The Front Desk manages or supervises all other steps and will try to help with all upcoming issues.
Step 1: State of intent
After requesting his change of status, the Applicant may go in the subsequent Process page that has been created and post his Declaration of Intent in the form of an OpenPGP signed message. The proper instructions are on the relevant page.
Step 2: Commitments to the SC/DFSG/DMUP
Step 3: Get advocates
The applicant should have done the requirements of Step -1 and therefore have worked with current Debian Developers who will be willing to advocate his application. The Applicant should give these developers a link to his process page in order to get them post OpenPGP signed statements advocating his application.
Step 4: Identification
The Applicant must have provided a OpenPGP Fingerprint of his key on his personal page on the [[https://nm.debian.org|New Member] site. This key must fulfill some requirements which currently (as of April 2020) are:
- the key should be type RSA and version 4 or greater
- the key should have the sign, certify and encrypt capabilities (subkeys are encouraged)
- the primary cryptographic material should be at least 4096 bits
- the UIDs should be signed by at least two existing Debian members (1 for DM applications)
- pseudonyms or anonymity are acceptable in certain circumstances
The only valid requirements are those specified on the New Member website.
Step 5: Application Manager
The Applicant must go through the Application Manager process (AM process), which consists in multiple parts depending on whether the Applicant wishes to be able to upload packages to the Archive. The process may take multiple weeks as it consists in multiple email exchanges. The Step page gives more insights on the AM process.
Step 6: DAM Review
The Application is reviewed by the Debian Account Managers who either:
- Approve the process
- Ask the Applicant or his Application Manager some specific things
- Cancel the process or reject the Application
Step 7: DSA + KeyringMaint Magic
The Debian System Administrators create a LDAP account to the Applicant, except if he already has a guest account in the LDAP database, and then the Keyring Maintainers add the OpenPGP Key to the appropriate part of the Keyring, or move it from the previous part it was in.