Matthias Urlichs ("Smurf")
- Debian developer: yes
Debian login: firstname.lastname@example.org
- IRC nickname: smurf
- Canonical employee: no
What were you doing in Debian before joining Ubuntu ?
Maintain a few (actually, too many) packages, and participate in the d-d mailing list.
Why did you join Ubuntu and what are you doing for Ubuntu ?
I liked the fact that there's a lot more drive and direction behind Ubuntu. Not all of it good (people will remember the Ubuntu-Spatial fiasco in nautilus), but Ubuntu drives Linux forward. I sometimes feel that Debian's only reason for existence is that it's 100% community driven, which is nice, but the rest of the world couldn't care less.
I also like the community aspect. To exaggerate a bit: Ubuntu has a community. Debian has a bunch of people who shred each other on its mailing lists etc.. IMHO the main reason for that is a code of conduct, and it wouldn't hurt Debian to adopt one of these, too.
I have done a bounty (the installer's press-a-few-keys keyboard selector). Currently I don't get any money from Canonical.
These days, I mainly maintain the ?LoCo Team list. I also co-admin a community server for European Ubuntu user groups.
What are you doing nowadays in Debian ?
I recently dropped all my Debian packages -- I didn't have much free time, and they deserved better.
Can you explain the change (if any) ?
Part of the reason is that I do not wish to be in places where people tear each other apart, electronically or otherwise. A second reason for that decision was my family -- I wanted to spend more time with them, and needed to spend more time actually making money in order to keep everybody fed ...
If not for Ubuntu, I would have quit entirely. As it is, I keep a foot in the door.
What do you think of the Debian-Ubuntu collaboration ?
Could be better. I think the main technical problem is that there's no simple way to share code when everybody uses a different SCM, including "none" and "dpatch".
The main social problem is that volunteers working alongside paid people is always a thorny issue.
What do you wish for the future ?
World peace. That being kind of far off, and more hours per day similarly unavailable, I'm going to ask those Debian people who dislike Ubuntu to please bury their hatchets and look at the situation more objectively. Ubuntu simply has a larger scope, but other projects (Knoppix, anyone?) have been far worse at contributing back.
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