I, Benjamin Drung, apply for core-dev.


Benjamin Drung

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Wiki Page


Who I am

I am 24 years old, live in Berlin, Germany and studying computer engineering at TU Berlin. Apart from being a computer freak I like to play trumpet and cornet. My hand cannot only click on mouse buttons but also can fold very small Origami stars. I have been learning to program since I was 10 years old and since then I have touched about 10 program languages. Among them there are Pyhton, C, Java, Assembler (e.g. ARM).

My Ubuntu story

My first Ubuntu contact was with 6.06 LTS "Dapper Drake". Since Ubuntu 6.10 "Edgy Eft" I used it as main system. I started diving into packaging after the Packaging Jam in Berlin on 2008-02-06. The first package I worked on was matplotlib 0.91.2 and it finally hit Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron" on 2008-04-15 after 23 days. On 2008-06-16 I joined the 5-A-Day team at the first Berliner Bug Jam. 60 day later I have worked on 147 bugs. On 2009-04-23 I became a Ubuntu Universe Contributor and on 2009-09-10 I joined MOTU. On the Debian side I became Debian Maintainer and currently I am in the Debian New Maintainer process to become Debian Developer.

My involvement

I am maintaining a bunch of packages and take care that some packages are in sync with Debian (for example, lintian). I have been working on the universe-sponsors-queue for some month. I have filed sync requests and done merges all over the archive. There are some bugfixes among the touched packages.

Examples of my work / Things I'm proud of

The best example is mozilla-devscripts, which now makes packaging extension very easy.

I touched these package in main:

  • sync/merges:
    • lintian
    • swig1.3
    • quilt
  • dependencies for eclipse:
    • libhamcrest-java
    • libservlet2.4-java
    • tomcat6
  • bug fixing:
    • gnome-themes-ubuntu
    • xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse

Areas of work

I maintain a set of packages (in Debian and Ubuntu). For a list of packages I care for have a look at my Debian Quality Assurance page. I am part of the MOTU Media and the Mozilla team. On the Debian side I am in the Debian Multimedia team, Debian Orbital Alignment (DOA) Team, Mozilla Extension Packaging Team. In the Mozilla team I work mozilla-devscripts to make packaging Mozilla extension easier. Therefore I touch many extensions.

Since some weeks I am working actively on the ubuntu-universe-sponsors queue. I help to keep the queue short or empty.

Things I could do better

Currently nothing comes to my mind. I am open for receiving constructive criticism.

Plans for the future


I want to work on the ubuntu-main-sponsor queue to reduce its size to zero and keep it low (like the ubuntu-universe-sponsors list).

What I like least in Ubuntu

What I like least: Bugs and rotten debdiffs waiting for a sponsor.


If you'd like to comment, but are not the applicant or a sponsor, do it here. Don't forget to sign with @SIG@.


As a sponsor, just copy the template below, fill it out and add it to this section.

Daniel Holbach (dholbach)

General feedback

I first got to know Benjamin during the Berlin Packaging Jams and was very happy when I saw his first requests in the sponsoring queue. His work is great, his collaboration with other maintainers exemplary. I fully trust his work and hope to see more coming in the future.

Specific Experiences of working together

I'm particularly happy with Benjamin's cooperation with Debian, his involvement in the Mozilla team, his work on getting Eclipse ready again and lots of other key pieces of Ubuntu.


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=== Specific Experiences of working together ===
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