The Debian/Ruby Teams
The Debian/Ruby teams maintain the Ruby interpreters, libraries and applications. There are actually two different Ruby teams in Debian:
- the pkg-ruby team maintains the interpreter
- the pkg-ruby-extras team maintains libraries and applications
Most discussions happen on the http://lists.debian.org/debian-ruby/ debian-ruby@ mailing list. Discussions specific to pkg-ruby-extras also happen on the http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/pkg-ruby-extras-maintainers pkg-ruby-extras-maintainers@ list. You should be subscribed to both if you want to follow Ruby in Debian.
We also use IRC (#debian-ruby on irc.debian.org) quite a lot.
Alioth Project: http://alioth.debian.org/projects/pkg-ruby
Subversion repository: svn://svn.debian.org/pkg-ruby/ (svn client), http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/pkg-ruby/ (browser)
How you can help:
Subscribe to the pkg-ruby packages (ruby1.8, ruby1.9.1, ruby-defaults) on the Packages Tracking System, and then contribute to the bug mail you get. (It is a good idea to also subscribe to bugmail from Ubuntu, see http://www.debian.org/doc/developers-reference/resources.html#pts-commands developers reference for details).
Go through bugs, see if you can reproduce them and provide more information. Report them upstream when needed.
Checkout the SVN repository, see if you can provide a patch for some issues.
Alioth Project: http://alioth.debian.org/projects/pkg-ruby-extras
Subversion repository: svn://svn.debian.org/pkg-ruby-extras/ (svn client), http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/pkg-ruby-extras/ (browser)
How you can help:
Subscribe to the lists, and start contributing to solving bugs.
Use the Packages overview to go through all existing bugs, and see if you can help with solving some of them.
Checkout the SVN repository, and see if you can improve the existing packages. There are many things that can be improved!