Debian developer: yes
Debian login: email@example.com
IRC nickname: infinity
Canonical employee: yes
What were you doing in Debian before joining Ubuntu ?
- Maintain Apache, PHP, and some other minor stuff
- m68k build daemon maintainer and porter
Why did you join Ubuntu and what are you doing for Ubuntu ?
I joined Ubuntu (as a Canonical employee) specifically because I was looking for a free software job that would allow me to work on my hobbies (Free Software and Debian), contribute to a thriving Free Software project, and get paid for it at the same time. It certainly seemed like a win-win.
In Ubuntu, I handle a large number of server-related packages, am a member (though far less active than Martin Pitt) of the Ubuntu security team, have somehow ended up the de-facto "touched-it-last maintainer" of thunderbird, and maintain the Ubuntu build daemons (which, of course, sucks up most of my Ubuntu time).
What are you doing nowadays in Debian ?
I do more or less the same in Debian now as I always did, though I've now joined more teams (samba, subversion, mysql, bdb, thunderbird) as a result of my involvement with those packages in Ubuntu, allowing easier direct contribution back to Debian.
Can you explain the change (if any) ?
Sometimes, I certainly have less time for direct Debian contribution only because my job takes up a fair chunk of my time, but overall, as pointed out above, my involvement has perhaps increased, due to being exposed to more packages (Ubuntu doesn't really have a concept of direct one-to-one maintainer:package mapping).
What do you think of the Debian-Ubuntu collaboration ?
To be honest, I think our biggest problems are people who don't understand one side or the other, or prefer to be bitter just because bitter is fun.
This happens in both camps ("I don't like the Debian mailing lists, so I don't want contribute my Ubuntu changes to Debian!" ... "I don't like that Ubuntu seems to be 'stealing' Debian developers, so I don't want to have to deal with those jerks!"), and I'm not sure if there is a "solution" short of better communication, and attempting to all "just get along".
What do you wish for the future ?
As above, I'd like us to "all just get along". See? I'm just as much of a social hippie now as I was when I went through NM.