I, Dmitry Shachnev, apply for MOTU upload rights.


Dmitry Shachnev

Launchpad Page

Wiki Page


Who I am

I’m author of ReText editor, and some smaller projects and libraries.

In real life, I’m 19-year-old student at Mathematics department of Moscow State University.

My Ubuntu story

I’ve been using Ubuntu since version 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), started contributing to Ubuntu/Debian in summer 2011 (retext changelog dates back to Mon, 13 Jun 2011).

I have choosen Ubuntu because of it’s good hardware support and nice default interface (GNOME). Actually, I am still using GNOME (both GNOME Shell and GNOME Panel).

My involvement

My areas of involvement:

  1. Python modules (Docutils, Sphinx, Markdown, Nose, PyXdg, Gdata, SecretStorage, Markups);

  2. python*-defaults packages;
  3. My own apps (ReText, Unity-Mail);

  4. MathJax;

  5. Qt;
  6. Ubuntu packaging guide;
  7. Random bits of GNOME;
  8. Random syncs and merges from Debian.

Examples of my work / Things I'm proud of

Launchpad provides lists of:

There is also a list of packages sponsored for me.

Things I’m proud of:

  • I was in top-50 uploaders in Raring cycle.

  • During last two cycles I’ve done a lot of work for the Ubuntu Packaging Guide (theming, internationalization, packaging, content, russian translation). See the results here.

  • According to the 5-a-day project statistics, I have been doing my “5-a-day” bug squashing for 32 days in a row (but that was long time ago).

  • I’m primary maintainer of seven packages in Debian and one more in Ubuntu.

  • I’m also doing most of the Ubuntu-specific maintenance work for Sphinx and Docutils.

Areas of work

Apart from packaging, I am also:

  • translating packages (as a part of my UbuntuRussianTranslators team membership);

  • triaging bugs;
  • contributing upstream (i.e. I’ve become upstream contributor to Qt this cycle);
  • reviewing sponsorship queue items;
  • helping others in the IRC.

Things I could do better

I take very little care of documentation. Some of my packages are not documented at all (such as PyMarkups and Unity Mail).

Plans for the future

I want to become a core developer this cycle. I also plan to become a Debian Developer.

What I like least in Ubuntu

I think our level of collaboration with GNOME (and some other upstream projects), is not good enough. There are people who upload packages with patches not forwarded upstream (or even to Debian). There is no communication between the design teams, and development of new features (like control center panels or apps) is not coordinated, so we sometimes end up doing duplicate (and incompatible) work — the Indicators/AppMenu and online accounts stories are good examples.

Another thing I dislike are the new vUDS-es. Though I have never participated in a “real” UDS, I think that relying on a trird-party proprietary service, that needs one to have a profile in a social network, is a no-no for an open source project.


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Andrew Starr-Bochicchio

General feedback

I fully support Dmitry's application. I've worked with Dmitry in both Ubuntu and Debian, reviewing and sponsoring uploads. I have confidence in his understanding of Debian packaging. I've also worked closely with him on the Ubuntu Packaging Guide where he has been running down some of our sphinx related problems. I'm impressed by his efforts to work with sphinx maintainers upstream and in Debian. I've reviewed and granted Dmitry Debian Maintainer upload permissions for mathjax, mathjax-docs, pymarkups, python-gdata, python-secretstorage, and retext.

Daniel Holbach (dholbach)

General feedback

Dmitry is a hero - his help with the packaging guide and sphinx in general was incredible, his efforts in Ubuntu and Debian are just fantastic. I trust him 100% with upload rights. No complaints whatsoever.

Specific Experiences of working together*daniel*holbach*&sponsor_search=name&sponsoree=*Dmitry*Shachnev*&sponsoree_search=name


=== General feedback ===
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=== Specific Experiences of working together ===
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