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I, Bhavani Shankar, apply for MOTU.


Bhavani Shankar

Launchpad Page

Wiki Page

Who I am

I am a 23 year old cerebral palsy physically challenged guy and an Electrical engineer from Bangalore India

My Ubuntu story

My involvement in the community started back in 2007 where i worked on the forums (answered to around 4000 questions) which I really like doing Gradually I did a bit of translation in my mother tongue kannada and now active in bug triaging and packaging over past year and a half.I am an ubuntu member from November 2007

My involvement

My involvement In the commmunity ranges from the answer tracker to translations to malone and soyuz of late (from the intrepid cycle) .. My list of packages can be found here

Examples of my work / Things I'm proud of

Mostly I work on merges and syncs and new upstream versions and bugfixes. Some bugs I have worked and fixed:
















In Jaunty release cycle with the collaboration of dholbach and hamish in debian I updated the whole geda stack in ubuntu (some of them which had missing build dep on intltool which I forwarded to debian and got it synced here) Some of the bug reports:

I am active in updating gnome-lirc-properties from Jaunty cycle

Some of the other bugs I have worked on: (Inkscape merge in jaunty) (galculator merge in jaunty) (gnumeric merge in jaunty) (openssl merge in jaunty) (sane-backends merge in jaunty) (avahi merge in jaunty) (xchat merge in jaunty) (amule merge in karmic) (firmware-tools update in jaunty) (update in lucid of the same) (update of the package in maverick)

Updates of ugene package: (update in jaunty)

Other bugs I worked on: (apache2 merge in karmic) (merge of iptables in karmic) (perl merge in karmic) (ltrace merge in karmic) (ucommon update in karmic) (ucommon update in maverick) (dell-dup update in karmic) (classads update in maverick) (irssi merge in karmic) (autoconf merge in lucid) (ppoeconf merge in lucid) (fakeroot merge in lucid) (wordpress merge in lucid) (mnemosyne merge in lucid) (fakesync of checkgmail in lucid) (fakesync of the same package in maverick) (libcddb fakesync in maverick) (libass fakesync in maverick) (dput merge in maverick) (pyao merge Fixes FTBFS) (zsh-beta manual merge in maverick) (Since MoM is broken/not updated for this package)

(See: (iok new version in maverick) (firmware-extract new version in maverick) (firmware-addon-dell new version in maverick) (harpia new version in maverick) (gresistor bugfix in maverick)

Some FTBFS bugs I have worked on recently: (zoneminder FTBFS in maverick)

(Some of the packages failed to build with new ffmpeg and I fixed few packages by defining STDC_CONSTANT_MACROS which is a workaround to allow C++ programs to use macros specified in the C99 standard that aren't in the C++ standard AFAIK.) (contacts-snapshot FTBFS in maverick)

(Some packages like this one FTBFS due to inability of the compiler to locate the header file and I fixed and got it to build on my PPA by adding a check on the package containing the header file in and linking compiile flags to preprocessor compile flags)

Few SRU requests that I filed recently:

Long list of packages uploaded can be found here

Areas of work

I mainly work on merges and syncs and updating packages and fixing FTBFS. Especially I m interested in Science packages (Electronics to be precise) and as a part of the MOTU science team as a long standing contributor ( and I maintain few packages in debian Major notable things are:

reviving xoscope in debian

maintaining mobile-broadband-provider-info in debian from close to a year where I forward bugs upstream according to their relevance and do a git pull twice a month and update the package in debian and due to its integration with NM now the popcon of the package has risen almost exponentially


Copied emu8051 from ubuntu and almost repackaged it completely with packaging improvements to comply with modern standards

Serving on board of pkg-electronics as a senior packager/developer

My Debian QA Page

Things I could do better

Perhaps maintain more packages in debian and in ubuntu and work on SRU's more

Plans for the future

Just to keep contributing in a single hand as long as possible Smile :)


* Continue to keep contributing in whichever small way I can.

What I like least in Ubuntu

ubuntu-revu seems somewhat less transparent to especially new guys who want to get their package into ubuntu as compared to debian-mentors where packagers put the links to their packages from on debian mentors mailing list and DD's give a quick response thereby packagers feel impressed and pushed even more to get their package into debian


If you'd like to comment, but are not the applicant or a sponsor, do it here. Don't forget to sign with @SIG@. Bhavani is tireless in merging, syncing and fixing FTBFS. IMHO there is no need for a debate on whether he should become a MOTU or not! -- Bilal Akhtar

I would question this application. Bhavani is a keen self promoter and has made contributions with questionable background workings. While undoubted a contributor the way he goes about it and the work passed off as his own content is questionable. This is not me saying "no" to membership, this is me raising a concern and question. -- ikonia

Hello matt, I could not understand what were you referring to.. I ve also made mistakes in the past but I have taken care to correct those mistakes and have come a long way learning something related to ubuntu, If you have any doubts about my contribution I ll step down from my ubuntu membership gladly though and can you please provide a justification of the same --Bhavani Shankar


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