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I am a 23 year-old french guy, previously studying aeronautical engineering in Poitiers, France.  I am a 24 year-old French sysadmin, living close to Cannes, on the French Riviera.

Raphaël Pinson aka Raphink

I am a 24 year-old French sysadmin, living close to Cannes, on the French Riviera.

How I got to use Ubuntu GNU/Linux

I began to use GNU/Linux in 2002, using YellowDog Linux on an old Macintosh, from time to time, in alternance with MacOS. Then in 2004, I got a PC and installed Mandriva on it, exclusively. I then began to use Linux daily.

My first contact with Ubuntu was in January 2005 with Warty PPC. I was very interested in it, since it was the first Linux OS I could run on a Mac without a single effort, and that was pretty stable and powerful. Somehow I was a bit deceived by the x86 version though, and chose to use Debian Sid on my PC instead. After a time, I began to work on the [http://alioth.debian.org/projects/ichthux/ Ichthux] project, which is a CDD project aimed to christian users and communities. For the purpose, I had to learn to make Debian packages.

As the author of the Ichthux CDD project, I took part in the Congreso de Software Libre meeting in Valencia, Spain, in May 2005 to work with the custom-debian group on the state and future of CDDs. There I met Mark Shuttleworth and heard about Edubuntu, that he was presenting at this conference, and that interested me a lot because of my interest in teaching and pedagogy.

In October 2005, I tried Ubuntu again, with Edubuntu Breezy Badger, and was amazed by it : all the hardware I had tried hard to configure under Debian sid in vain worked, and I still had the Debian stability and power of use ! After installing Breezy on my computer, I changed my menu.lst and never booted on Sid anymore. I turned my Breezy into a Kubuntu and used it as my main distribution. Soon after, I began to package KDE apps for Dapper and upload them to the REVU system...

Ubuntu machines

Here is the list of the Ubuntu machines I administrate and use as a build farm :

  • aslan : my main i386 desktop, running Kubuntu Dapper : Athlon XP 2400+ / 1024 MB RAM / HDA 120 GB / HDB 40 GB
  • peter : a powerbook, running Kubuntu Dapper : PowerBook / PPC G4 1GHz / 768 MB RAM / HD 120 GB

  • tiber : official canonical machine running the REVU system, running Ubuntu Breezy : Athlon XP 2400+ / 495 MB RAM / HD 115 GB
  • palier : i386 desktop, running Kubuntu Breezy : Sempron 2600+ / 512 MB RAM / HD 60 GB
  • isa : amd64 desktop, running Kubuntu Breezy i386 : Athlon XP 64 3000+ / 512 MB RAM / HD 120 GB

My vision of the Ubuntu Project

I am convinced that the open-source approach is respectful of the knowledge of humanity, and that this is the way to go on all fields of knowledge. It allows to produce (and even to be paid for it) while not preventing the world from benefiting from what is produced Smile :)

I am a Debian fan because I believe Debian totally respects the idea of open-source, and is stable and open-source.

I see Ubuntu as the only Debian-based system aimed to improve the desktop Linux approach while still respecting the Debian vision and ideology. I think Ubuntu is a breath of fresh air for the Debian world and for open-source in general.

Why I'm applying as an Ubuntu core-dev

I am currently an active MOTU, particularly in Kubuntu. Lately, I have been focusing on fixing bugs and improving the Kubuntu desktop, working actively with AnthonyMercatante as the Kubuntu French MOTU Team (hehe). This implies working with packages in main, and getting them sponsored for upload afterwards.

In Kubuntu, we have only one active core-dev, JonathanRiddell. He's very helpful (well it's his job, too Funny :)) but I feel it's too much work for him to be uploading our fixes, especially as there are more and more Kubuntu MOTUs and Kubuntu contributors (and no one will complain about that of course :)). Having another core-dev focused on Kubuntu would assure we can fix enough bugs in KDE before Dapper is released and let Jonathan focus on other work. We plan on working on SystemSettings now, which is a big piece of bugfixing, while Jonathan is working actively on Espresso. There are not that many Kubuntu MOTUs but in order to help the current lack of Kubuntu core-devs I would like to apply for core-dev at this time.

I cannot be clearer: the main reason why I'm applying is to unblock uploads to main in Kubuntu, because I want Dapper to rock hard!

My history in Ubuntu

  • 16/11/2005 : [http://revu.tauware.de/details.py?upid=935 first package on REVU]

  • 04/12/2005 : given reviewing rights on REVU after reviewing package by email
  • 10/01/2006 : Ubuntu member
  • 16/01/2006 : MOTU
  • 01/2006 : REVU admin, svn commit rights on tiber
  • 23/02/2006 : Tiber admin
  • 12/03/2006 : Ubuntu core-dev

My contributions to Ubuntu


I have made a few packages for Ubuntu, included in Dapper :

Name & URL





[http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=25398 Amarok Webfront]

a web frontend for Amarok


I'm not so happy with it so far. Thinking of using debconf for it...


[http://edu.kde.org/kalcul/ Kalcul]

a mental calculation tutor (part of the KDE-Edu project)




[http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=32517 Kcontrol-autostart]

an Autostart Kcontrol module



Version 0.2 is available. It is very different from 0.1 though. The package has to be remade entirely with scons and some other stuff

[http://www.ae6gn.com/enigma/kenigma.php Kenigma]

an Enigma coding machine


Upstream working on setup.py on my advice.


[http://lukeplant.me.uk/kio-sword/ Kio-sword]

a Bible tool kio-slave



Upstream working on 0.2 and caring about having it in Debian. Syncing when it's done.


[http://sourceforge.net/projects/knmap Knmap]

a KDE gui for nmap




[http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=31663 Konq-encrypt-menu]

a set of encoding/decoding tools servicemenus for Konqueror using openssl


Version 0.3 on REVU to replace 0.1. It seems both versions got lost on Katie's list... Will have to see about that...


[http://bouveyron.free.fr/kim/ Konq-kim]

a set of image tools servicemenus for Konqueror


Upstream working on my comments. Waiting for new version.


[http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=31400 Konq-toutf8]

a UTF-8 encoding tool servicemenu for Konqueror




[http://revu.tauware.de/details.py?upid=1163 Kubuntu-grub-splashimages]

a package gathering grub splashimages for Kubuntu. Just a bit of eye-candy Smile :)




[http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=31103 K-Yamo]

a music collection organizer for KDE



Strong link with upstream. Upstream keeps me aware of new releases.


[http://revu.tauware.de/details.py?upid=1001 Libeduwidgetclock0]

a library used in Kalcul and Kverbos



Have to see with Kverbos team some time about them using it. Update -0ubuntu2 is built again to get rid of libXft.la reference.



a set of bash tools to help reviewing Debian packages



I'm the upstream

Merging Debian packages

Name & URL

Bug #

Version to merge




[http://people.ubuntu.com/~scott/ongoing-merge/wesnoth/ Wesnoth]

[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/wesnoth/+bug/6477 6477]




[http://people.ubuntu.com/~scott/ongoing-merge/enlightenment/ Enlightenment]

[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/enlightenment/+bug/6558 6558]




[http://people.ubuntu.com/~scott/ongoing-merge/usbview/ Usbview]

[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/usbview/+bug/6661 6661]


Merged by Yann


[http://people.ubuntu.com/~scott/ongoing-merge/freeciv/ Freeciv]

[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/freeciv/+bug/6663 6663]



[http://people.ubuntu.com/~scott/ongoing-merge/unrar-nonfree/ Unrar-nonfree]

[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/unrar-nonfree/+bug/6664 6664]


To be synced

[http://people.ubuntu.com/~scott/ongoing-merge/eagle/ Eagle]

[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/eagle/+bug/6682 6682]


To be synced

Reviewing & sponsoring packages

Reviewing has been one of my main activities in Ubuntu almost from the beginning of my contribution to it. I have been given reviewing rights on REVU even before being a member, after having reviewed some packages by myself, sending comments by email.

Quality & Assurance in packages is thus an important focus for me, and although I now contribute to other parts of Ubuntu, reviewing is still a major part for me.


Tiber is the machine hosting the REVU reviewing system. After being given an ssh and an svn accounts on it, I am now a tiber admin.

This machine also hosts the REVU1 and REVU2 svn trees. I am now learning python in order to help developping REVU2, which I hope will rock Smile :)


As my contribution as a reviewer grew, I had a need for a powerful automated tool to achive most of the work that could be automatized. I began to devel REVU-Tools to be used on tiber (the REVU machine), and then had them developped as independant tools, although still part of the REVU SVN.

There are more informations on REVU-Tools on [:MOTU/Packages/REVU/REVU-Tools].


Ad there were questions about reviewing, I wrote a reviewing guide on the wiki : [:MOTU/Packages/Reviewing]. This guide is not complete but helps MOTUs learn to review and packagers check their own packages. I hope to complete it in the future and make it available more widely for Debian packagers.

Bug tracking and fixing

One of my activities as a MOTU is to report/track/fix bugs and sponsor uploads for bugs fixed by contributors.

Bugs in Universe

I have tracked anf fixed a number of bugs in Universe along the way. I believe the list wouldn't be so interesting Wink ;)

Bugs in main

Lately, I have begun to work on fixing bugs (or applying requested patches) in main aswell, especially in KDE :

Other bugs

I have reported bugs against Launchpad and REVU.



Since French is my mother tongue, I helped with some french translations on Rosetta, including :


Papiamento is a language spoken in the Netherlands Antilles. Although I understand a bit of it, I don't speak it, but I have set the plural rules for it in Rosetta, and created the Papiamento Translators team on Launchpad so a friend of mine could begin translate. He hasn't done so yet but at least now he can technically...


One of my projects concerning translations includes Ido, a neutral constructed language based on Esperanto. I have been an active member of Ido communities on the net, requested the Ido version of Wikipedia (which now contains a few thousands articles I believe) and hope to bring this nice language to Linux as Esperanto and Interlingua Smile :)


I spend a lot of time on IRC channels on irc.freenode.net, helping users in #ubuntu*, #kubuntu*, devel and motu channels... I administrate #kubuntu-fr and #kubuntu-it.


Contribution to :

  • ReviewingTips : Completed "Things always to do" section and added "Build test" section.

  • PackagingTips : Added "Learning the basis" section.

  • ContributingToDebian : created with LucasNussbaum.

  • ["MOTU/REVU"] : Modified the whole page.
  • ["MOTU/Merging"] : Worked on "How to work on merges and syncs" section.
  • ["MOTU/Meetings"]
  • ["MOTU/Meetings/Minutes"]
  • [:MOTU/Packages/Reviewing] : My main contribution as documentation. Aimed to be a complete guide to reviewing packages in Ubuntu and other Debian distributions.

I have been trying to reorganize a bit the MOTU wiki documentation, renaming a lot of pages from MOTU* to MOTU/* to make it seem like a directory structure that can be browsed. See [:MOTU/Documentation].

Doc I plan to do :

  • Adding a complete CdbsHowTo

  • Merging MOTUMerging, Merging, MergingTips, and adding to it with proper URLs to grab merges.

  • [http://alioth.debian.org/projects/ichthux/ Ichthux], a Custom Debian Distribution aimed to Christian users and communites, planned to be used on top of Ubuntu aswell. This project is currently hosted on Alioth.

Contact me

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RaphaelPinson (last edited 2008-09-02 19:26:44 by raphink)