Name: Scott Lavender
IRC: ScottL or scott-work on Freenode
Ubuntu Forums: Scott L
Launchpad: Scott Lavender
I started using computers in 1982 programming BASIC on an Apple ][ in junior high, even spending my lunch hour typing away to make some silly ASCII art rocket ship fly off the screen. Note that this is not the ][+ or the ][c and this was way before Macs. From there I moved onto a Commodore64 where my real inner geek developed.
While I have used Windows as I muddled throughout my life and my professional career I began using Linux with Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 in January of 2008 (thanks PC Magazine!) and reawakened my inner geek. Suddenly life has meaning again.
Ubuntu Feisty was my first experience with Linux and I eagerly read and learned from wiki.ubuntu.com, Ubuntu Forums, mailing lists and blog posts. You can see a specific subset of my accomplishments during this period below in Goals Accomplished.
During Hardy I became aware of Ubuntu Studio. This was a great interest to me as a musician and I spent the next year learning about Ubuntu Studio, the associated applications, and how to make and record music on my computer. Some of the results may be heard at my RPM Challenge page.
Discovering Ubuntu Studio was a momentous and life changing event for me. After I developed modicum of competency recording my own music I began to advocate to others about Ubuntu and Ubuntu Studio, which I still perform currently.
But I felt that I needed to give back in a more direct and active manner to this phenomenon that had so richly impacted my life. Therefore, during Juanty I introduced myself to the Ubuntu Studio developer team and volunteered myself to help how ever I could.
I have been modestly involved with the Ubuntu Studio developer activities since that time.
This section provides pertinent information about my Membership application.
Summary of Contributions
Contributions for Ubuntu have been limited primarily to advocacy. However, contributions to Ubuntu Studio have been more expansive, including answering ubuntustudio-users email, filing bug reports, creating and/or filing Main Inclusion Reports (notably for JACK), packaging for back ports, helped keep audio applications current, updating Ubuntu Studio documentation, and helped organize Ubuntu Studio developer activies.
My Launchpad profile can be found here.
Complete Descriptions of Ubuntu Contributions
This section will focus on my contributions to Ubuntu Studio based loosely on chronological order. However, they will be sorted by their initiation date and grouped together for completeness.
Introduction to Ubuntu Studio Developers
Ubuntu Studio Documentation
On 06/30/09 I committed to update docuemention
On 07/04/09 I update the ubuntustudio-controls documentation
From 11/04/09 to 04/26/10 I continued to updated the revised Ubuntu Studio page on wiki.ubuntu.com
From 11/04/09 to 04/03/10 I continued to update the LV2 application inclusion matrix
Main Inclusion Reports
On 07/01/09 I offered to write the JACK and libffado MIRs
On 08/20/09 I filed the libffado MIR bug
On 02/17/10 JACK was including in the Main repository.
Ubuntu Studio Developer Meetings
On 03/12/10 I created the agenda for the 04/12/09 meeting
On 03/14/10 I email the -users mailing list as an invitation
On 05/09/10 I created the agenda for the 05/16/10 meeting
On 05/16/10 I attended and lead the meeting
- I believe it was during Karmic I started testing ISOs.
Rakarrack in Ubuntu Studio
- rakarrack was synced from Debian and included in Ubuntu Studio Lucid
New Upstream for Hydrogen and Ardour
On 02/01/10 ardour-2.8.6 was packaged and upload into Debian
LV2 Application Inclusion Task
This not only included packaging and getting new applications into Ubuntu but also repacking existing applications with support for LV2 flagged.
On 11/09/09 I filed a sync request bug for lv2core-3.0
On 11/23/09 lv2core-3.0 was synced from Debian
On 01/20/10 I uploaded zynjacku/lv2rack to REVU
On 05/10/10 zynjacku and lv2rack were synced from Debian
On 02/01/10 ardour-2.8.6 was packaged and upload into Debian
- Coordinated with quadrispro, who as a member of Debian Multimedia will continue to package new LV2 packages for Debian from task matrix
Ubuntu Studio forum at Ubuntu Forums
- On 02/13/10 I email Jussi directly (did not cc -devel mailing list) about rename Multimedia Production forum
On 02/24/10 (after some poking from me) Jussi emailed firstname.lastname@example.org about renaming the forum
On 03/03/10 John Dong replied (cc'ing email@example.com) that a name plus a description would be required
On 03/05/10 follow up on -devel mailing list
On 03/09/10 I replied to John Dong (cc'ing firstname.lastname@example.org) with name and decription
On 03/09/10 Matthew Helmke made a suggested moderation to the description (cc'ing email@example.com)
On 03/09/10 I submitted my +1 to Matthew's suggestion (cc'ing firstname.lastname@example.org)
On 03/09/10 John Dong applied the forum name and description changes on Ubuntu Forums: Multimedia Productions -> Ubuntu Studio
Updating Ubuntu Studio Website
On 03/30/10 Fix Released
On 03/03/10 I realized Ubuntu Studio didn't have a Plymouth theme so I started working on one. Thanks to persia for challenging me!
On 03/12/10 I filed a UI Exception bug #538274
On 03/22/10 I pushed revision #113 for bug #538274
On 03/29/10 I pushed revision #117 for bug #549285
Ubuntu Studio Mailing Lists
Ardour Mute Bug
On 05/23/10 I began researching the debian mute bug
On 05/24/10 I filed a bug report with bugs.debian.org
On 05/26/10 Ardour 2.8.7 was released in Debian
- On 05/27/10 Ardour 2.8.7 was synced from Debian Sid into Ubuntu Maverick
On 05/26/10 I filed a sync request bug for rakarrack-0.4.2-1
- Rakarrack-0.4.2-1 was synced from Debian Sid into Ubuntu Maverick
Plans and Ideas
- Develop consistent communication with community
Address most common user complaints (gnome-network-admin bug and JACK/Pulse Audio integration)
- Rebuild Ubuntu Studio team and fill positions
- Update ubuntustudio.org website
- Create better testing documentation
- Begin developing better working relationship with Debian Multimedia Team
- Begin reducing delta between Ubuntu Studio packages and Debian packages (creates less work for Ubuntu Studio developers)
ubuntustudio-controls bug fixes and redesign
- create "official" Ubuntu Studio backports PPA for rolling updates as applicable
- Plan process to identify current Ubuntu Studio audience characteristics and needs
- Begin improving Ubuntu Studio documentation
- Improve user testing rates
- Continue developing better working relationship with Debian Multimedia Team
- Continue reducing delta between Ubuntu Studio packages and Debian packages (creates less work for Ubuntu Studio developers)
- Identify current Ubuntu Studio audience characteristics and needs
- Adjust Ubuntu Studio scope to address current audience
- Continue to improve Ubuntu Studio documentation
- Identify, evaluate, and engage new audiences
I've been working with ScottL on Ubuntu Studio related tasks through the Karmic and Lucid cycles. Throughout this time he has demonstrated high levels of commitment and concern, and often ends up being *the* contact point to get things done. His work includes advocacy, support, coordination, administration, development, release management, marketing, testing, bug triage, and many more areas too diverse to count. I wholeheartedly and unreservedly endorse his application for Ubuntu Membership. @-- persia 2010-05-25 12:00:56@
Unfortantely I can't say very much about Scott's technical skills because our respective fields of interest are different. Nonetheless, he really surprised me for his presence, humility, never denying to do what is necessary for the Ubuntu Studio project. He has great organizational ability and I'm sure that, in the near future, he will also show a good job as leader. He also demonstrates good diligence in the learning process. So I strongly encourage the Board to approve his application. @-- abogani 2010-05-25 19:20:02@
In the time that I have worked with Scott, I have seen some great work done, mostly for the UbuntuStudio project. Scott has been willing to learn, is willing to lead, and has been very keen to see free software, particularly the UbuntuStudio project succeed. I am sure that Scott will continue to do great things for the Ubuntu community and the UbuntuStudio project. I am more than happy to recommend Scott for Ubuntu membership. @-- themuso 2010-05-26 11:19:12@