Debian NM process: it’s not bureaucracy, it’s …
Before entering Debian NM process (formerly New Maintainer process, now New Member process) , I’ve often read that it was too long, too hard, or too bureaucratic.
It’s certainly true that becoming a Debian Developer takes some time. Even if you’re already actively packaging. You have to answer a lot of questions regarding several aspects of Debian project. Some of them are not fun but necessary:
- Licensing is mostly boring but necessary: a mistake there may put the whole project in jeopardy. On the positive side, you also learn how to protect the software you write
- Debian social rules: Well, Debian project is inviting you to become a member. As they say “When in Rome, do like the Romans”. Learning Debian ways and customs will allow you to better cooperate and benefit from the project.
- Tools and skills: Even though I’ve been actively packaging for Debian-perl team for quite a while, I did have some knowledge holes. I had to do some research to answer questions. Especially regarding security practices and all the packaging tools available in Debian.
All in all, the NM process was time well spent. I’ve learned a lot.
IMHO, Debian NM process isn’t bureaucracy, it’s more like a training. And an interesting one.
So, if you’re thinking about becoming a Debian Member, to paraphrase someone, what the bloody hell are you waiting for ? 🙂
Many thanks to all people that helped me become a DD:
- gregoa whose attention to small details is uncanny
- xoswald who had to read all my answers and the bad jokes in there
- Enrico who reviewed the whole stuff and approved my application
- The debian-perl team for their warm welcome and helpful attitude
All the best