I, Jeremy Bicha, apply for MOTU membership.


Jeremy Bicha

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Who I am

I'm a US Navy veteran and currently work at the Open IT Lab in South Carolina introducing people to open source technologies. I taught myself Ubuntu and am happy that I've found ways to make Ubuntu better for millions of users. I spend too much time with Ubuntu and need to get some other hobbies. Smile :-)

I don't consider myself a strong programmer, but I believe I do pretty well with packaging. I do a fair amount of patching too.

My Ubuntu story

I got involved with Desktop development near the end of the Natty cycle with the GNOME 3 PPA. It was a great opportunity as there was a bunch of work that needed to be done. The review process felt easier as it was just a PPA. I got more experience with submitting merge proposals (MPs) and working on a variety of packages. As Oneiric opened for GNOME 3, I started submitting my work for merging directly into the main archive and officially joined the Desktop Team later that summer.

Before the GNOME 3 PPA, I had done a few MPs but I had had difficulty finding stuff to package that was within my abilities. My first MP was just before Karmic was released to get Moodle to work for Edubuntu.

I got involved with ubuntu-docs about the same way as there was a critical need for help in getting the user documentation into shape near the end of the Natty cycle. It had been synced from a still-incomplete snapshot of the GNOME docs which described GNOME Shell, not Unity.

My involvement

Examples of my work / Things I'm proud of

  • Since last summer, I've joined the Debian GNOME team and become a Debian Maintainer. I'm also a GNOME Foundation member.

  • I converted gufw to PyGObject.
  • I've helped keep all of GNOME 3 up to date in Ubuntu.

Areas of work

Mostly GNOME (& ubuntu-docs), but I am interested in assorted universe stuff too

Why I Want to Join MOTU

I am interested in a broader range of packages than are in the ubuntu-desktop and desktop-extra sets. There are quite a few GNOME-related apps that aren't in those sets as they are unofficial (one example is gcompris which I've kept up-to-date for Edubuntu the past year). I needed to get help from MOTUs with the tracker 0.14 and clutter 1.10 transitions last cycle. (I also helped with the texlive 2011 transition in quantal, but that's core-dev so never mind.)

Sponsorship works but eventually, it becomes an extra hassle for the sponsoree and the sponsors.

Things I could do better

Micah has to remind me too often to use the -v flag when I merge from Debian.

Plans for the future


I'm helping lead up the proposed Ubuntu GNOME flavor which is a goal for 12.10.

What I like least in Ubuntu

Ubuntu's relationship with GNOME is still not built on mutual trust and respect.

We badly need a better way to track hardware regressions and hopefully users in the near feature will be able to check for these regressions before upgrading.

It is difficult for a new contributor to get started contributing. I think this has improved quite a bit with harvest, the Ubuntu Packaging Guide, and Patch Pilots. At the Open IT Lab, we're working on a roadmap of workshops that can help potential contributors learn how to get involved.

I wish Canonical had a stronger PR team. For instance, I'd like to see more official press engagement during and immediately after UDS to clarify what was discussed since UDS is critical to how Canonical & the community prepare the next version of Ubuntu.


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Jonathan Carter (highvoltage)

I haven't sponsored any of Jeremy's packages, but I'm familiar with his work. In Edubuntu we use a few of the packages he maintains (like gnome-fallback-session) that I've been keeping a close eye on. His work is high quality, he's willing to help wherever he can and I trust him to do a good job as a MOTU.


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

Daniel Holbach (dholbach)

General feedback

I would definitely trust Jeremy Bicha with MOTU upload rights. He has done a great job keeping various parts of the Desktop and the Docs world under control and the uploads I checked were of tip-top quality.

Specific Experiences of working together


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=== Specific Experiences of working together ===
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