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'''I, <YOUR NAME>, apply for <universe-contributor|MOTU|core-dev>.''' '''I, Sean Davis, apply for upload rights for the Xubuntu/Xfce package sets.'''
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|| '''Name''' || <YOUR NAME> ||
|| '''Launchpad Page''' || <link to your launchpad page> ||
|| '''Wiki Page''' || <link to your Wiki page> ||
|| '''Name''' || Sean Davis ||
|| '''Launchpad Page''' || https://launchpad.net/~smd-seandavis ||
|| '''Wiki Page''' || https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SeanDavis ||
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''Tell us a bit about yourself.'' Hi, I'm Sean Davis, better known as bluesabre in the Ubuntu world. I am a current Ubuntu member, the Xubuntu Technical Lead, and long-time contributor to several of the core applications included with Xubuntu.

As the newly appointed [[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Leaders|Xubuntu Technical Lead]], I continue to provide development support and package maintenance for the Xfce packages in Xubuntu. I have been contributing to package maintenance in Ubuntu and Debian through vairious sponsors. I currently seek upload rights of the Xubuntu package set to better support my team's development efforts and lessen the load of the already-overworked sponsors.
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''Tell us how you got involved, what you liked working on and what you could probably do better.'' I started using Ubuntu waaaaay back with 5.10 and Xubuntu with 6.06. I happily jumped between the two projects for several years, and first started contributing to Xubuntu in 2011. During this time, I reported numerous artwork and usability bugs. I was welcomed into the community and continued to report bugs. After some time, I started contributing to the bug fixes, and took up maintenance of several applications.

In 2013, I obtained my Ubuntu Membership. Recently in 2014 I was appointed as the Xubuntu Technical Lead. I continue to work closely with our artwork, QA, and development teams to bring together one of the finest Linux desktops available. I continue to work closely with Debian and Ubuntu sponsors to provide up-to-date packages for each respective repository.
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While I started out doing QA, I've transitioned into a mostly development role at this point. I maintain or help to maintain the following applications, which are featured in Xubuntu 14.04:
 * [[https://launchpad.net/catfish-search|Catfish File Search]]
 * [[https://launchpad.net/light-locker-settings|Light Locker Settings]]
 * [[https://launchpad.net/lightdm-gtk-greeter|LightDM GTK+ Greeter]]
 * [[https://launchpad.net/menulibre|MenuLibre]] (Menu Editor)
 * [[https://launchpad.net/mugshot|Mugshot]] (User Configuration)
 * [[http://goodies.xfce.org/projects/applications/parole|Parole Media Player]]

I assist in package maintenance of the above applications, some Xfce components, and Xubuntu-specific packages with both Debian (via PAPT) and Ubuntu.

I am a member of the Xubuntu Artwork, Xubuntu Documentation, Xubuntu Developers, Xubuntu Release, and Xubuntu Testers, and have helped in each area.
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[[http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=smd.seandavis%40gmail.com&comaint=yes|Debian Maintainer/Co-Maintainer]] of catfish, menulibre, and mugshot

=== Current SRU Packages ===
''These packages are currently in the middle of the SRU process''
 * lightdm-gtk-greeter ([[https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lightdm-gtk-greeter/+bug/1331871|LP: #1331871]])
 * light-locker-settings ([[https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/trusty/+source/light-locker-settings/+bug/1326741|LP: #1326741]])
 * menulibre ([[https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/trusty/+source/menulibre/+bug/1323405|LP: #1323405]])
 * xfce4-power-manager ([[https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/trusty/+source/xfce4-power-manager/+bug/1326740|LP: #1326740]])

=== Sponsored Packages ===
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/catfish|catfish]] (unstable/trusty)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/light-locker-settings|light-locker-settings]] (trusty)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/utopic/light-locker-settings|light-locker-settings]] (utopic)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/saucy/lightdm-gtk-greeter|lightdm-gtk-greeter]] (saucy)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/lightdm-gtk-greeter|lightdm-gtk-greeter]] (trusty)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/utopic/menulibre|menulibre]] (unstable/utopic)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty-updates/parole|parole]] (trusty-updates)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/saucy/shimmer-themes|shimmer-themes]] (saucy)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/shimmer-themes|shimmer-themes]] (trusty)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/utopic/xfce4-power-manager|xfce4-power-manager]] (utopic)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/xubuntu-default-settings|xubuntu-default-settings]] (trusty)
 * [[http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise-updates/xubuntu-docs|xubuntu-docs]] (precise-updates)

=== Managed PPAs ===
 * Catfish ([[https://launchpad.net/~catfish-search/+archive/devel|Daily]]/[[https://launchpad.net/~catfish-search/+archive/catfish-stable|Stable]])
 * LightDM GTK+ Greeter ([[https://launchpad.net/~lightdm-gtk-greeter-team/+archive/daily|Daily]]/[[https://launchpad.net/~lightdm-gtk-greeter-team/+archive/stable|Stable]])
 * Menulibre ([[https://launchpad.net/~menulibre-dev/+archive/daily|Daily]]/[[https://launchpad.net/~menulibre-dev/+archive/devel|Stable]])
 * Mugshot ([[https://launchpad.net/~mugshot-dev/+archive/daily|Daily]]/[[https://launchpad.net/~mugshot-dev/+archive/stable|Stable]])
 * Shimmer Project ([[https://launchpad.net/~shimmerproject/+archive/daily|Daily]])

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=== Xfce ===
'''Parole Media Player''' (with [[https://launchpad.net/~ochosi|Simon Steinbeiß]])

I've been working with Simon on Parole Media Player since we took over maintainership in (2013?). Since then, we've fixed numerous long-standing bugs, improved the codebase, and ported the application to GTK 3 and GStreamer 1.0. We're currently implementing a Clutter backend.

'''Xfce Display Settings''' (with [[https://launchpad.net/~ochosi|Simon Steinbeiß]] and [[https://launchpad.net/~mrpouit|Lionel Le Folgoc]])

I worked together with Lionel and Simon to improve multihead support in Xfce. Simon and I have continued maintenance on this portion of the Settings Manager, and are nearly finished adding a drag-n-drop interface to managing displays.

=== LightDM GTK+ Greeter Team ===
'''LightDM GTK+ Greeter''' (with [[https://launchpad.net/~ochosi|Simon Steinbeiß]], [[https://launchpad.net/~mrpouit|Lionel Le Folgoc]], and [[https://launchpad.net/~kalgasnik|Andrew P.]])

Since taking over maintenance of lightdm-gtk-greeter, we've substantially improved theming support and reliability of the code. This has been greatly enhanced with the recent work by Andrew, who has added many of our newest features and made several ideas a reality.

=== Xubuntu Developers ===
All of the above development efforts really stem from my work with Xubuntu. In addition, I also maintain Catfish (search utility), Menulibre (menu editor), and Mugshot (user configuration), three key applications in Xubuntu. Since working with Xubuntu Developers, I've started helping with package maintenance and merges from Debian. As Xubuntu Technical Lead, I now have a greater responsibility to accelerate development and packaging efforts. I've worked with several sponsors that have verified package quality and uploaded my packages to Saucy, Trusty, and Utopic archives.
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At this point, I have only worked on the packaging for a select few Xubuntu components. Most of them are packaged upstream in Debian and are either automatically merged into Ubuntu, or the merge is not difficult (I've performed a few). Over time I will need to become more familiar with each of these packages.
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As a core member of the Xubuntu team, I am not going anywhere. My future plans remain consistent in helping Xubuntu grow in usability and popularity. I will continue to work with other teams to maintain the high quality software that is expected of our team.

I am going to lead the development efforts of Xubuntu to continue to provide our users with a stable, modern, and consistent experience in Xubuntu.
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''Please describe what you like least in Ubuntu and what thoughts do you have about fixing it.'' The thing I like least in Ubuntu are last-minute features and code changes. Xubuntu has been affected by late changes in the indicator stack and other applications that break existing components. With our small development team, it is often difficult to provide timely fixes for these components, forcing features to be cut from the release or fixes delivered after release. With increased communication with the Ubuntu team, I'd like to reduce the impact of these changes or be better prepared for them.
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## Uncomment one of these. ## Uncomment the one that applies for you and please remove the others.
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## [[CategoryPerPackageUploaderApplication]]

I, Sean Davis, apply for upload rights for the Xubuntu/Xfce package sets.

Who I am

Hi, I'm Sean Davis, better known as bluesabre in the Ubuntu world. I am a current Ubuntu member, the Xubuntu Technical Lead, and long-time contributor to several of the core applications included with Xubuntu.

As the newly appointed Xubuntu Technical Lead, I continue to provide development support and package maintenance for the Xfce packages in Xubuntu. I have been contributing to package maintenance in Ubuntu and Debian through vairious sponsors. I currently seek upload rights of the Xubuntu package set to better support my team's development efforts and lessen the load of the already-overworked sponsors.

My Ubuntu story

I started using Ubuntu waaaaay back with 5.10 and Xubuntu with 6.06. I happily jumped between the two projects for several years, and first started contributing to Xubuntu in 2011. During this time, I reported numerous artwork and usability bugs. I was welcomed into the community and continued to report bugs. After some time, I started contributing to the bug fixes, and took up maintenance of several applications.

In 2013, I obtained my Ubuntu Membership. Recently in 2014 I was appointed as the Xubuntu Technical Lead. I continue to work closely with our artwork, QA, and development teams to bring together one of the finest Linux desktops available. I continue to work closely with Debian and Ubuntu sponsors to provide up-to-date packages for each respective repository.

My involvement

While I started out doing QA, I've transitioned into a mostly development role at this point. I maintain or help to maintain the following applications, which are featured in Xubuntu 14.04:

I assist in package maintenance of the above applications, some Xfce components, and Xubuntu-specific packages with both Debian (via PAPT) and Ubuntu.

I am a member of the Xubuntu Artwork, Xubuntu Documentation, Xubuntu Developers, Xubuntu Release, and Xubuntu Testers, and have helped in each area.

Examples of my work / Things I'm proud of

Debian Maintainer/Co-Maintainer of catfish, menulibre, and mugshot

Current SRU Packages

These packages are currently in the middle of the SRU process

Managed PPAs

Areas of work

Xfce

Parole Media Player (with Simon Steinbeiß)

I've been working with Simon on Parole Media Player since we took over maintainership in (2013?). Since then, we've fixed numerous long-standing bugs, improved the codebase, and ported the application to GTK 3 and GStreamer 1.0. We're currently implementing a Clutter backend.

Xfce Display Settings (with Simon Steinbeiß and Lionel Le Folgoc)

I worked together with Lionel and Simon to improve multihead support in Xfce. Simon and I have continued maintenance on this portion of the Settings Manager, and are nearly finished adding a drag-n-drop interface to managing displays.

LightDM GTK+ Greeter Team

LightDM GTK+ Greeter (with Simon Steinbeiß, Lionel Le Folgoc, and Andrew P.)

Since taking over maintenance of lightdm-gtk-greeter, we've substantially improved theming support and reliability of the code. This has been greatly enhanced with the recent work by Andrew, who has added many of our newest features and made several ideas a reality.

Xubuntu Developers

All of the above development efforts really stem from my work with Xubuntu. In addition, I also maintain Catfish (search utility), Menulibre (menu editor), and Mugshot (user configuration), three key applications in Xubuntu. Since working with Xubuntu Developers, I've started helping with package maintenance and merges from Debian. As Xubuntu Technical Lead, I now have a greater responsibility to accelerate development and packaging efforts. I've worked with several sponsors that have verified package quality and uploaded my packages to Saucy, Trusty, and Utopic archives.

Things I could do better

At this point, I have only worked on the packaging for a select few Xubuntu components. Most of them are packaged upstream in Debian and are either automatically merged into Ubuntu, or the merge is not difficult (I've performed a few). Over time I will need to become more familiar with each of these packages.

Plans for the future

General

As a core member of the Xubuntu team, I am not going anywhere. My future plans remain consistent in helping Xubuntu grow in usability and popularity. I will continue to work with other teams to maintain the high quality software that is expected of our team.

I am going to lead the development efforts of Xubuntu to continue to provide our users with a stable, modern, and consistent experience in Xubuntu.

What I like least in Ubuntu

The thing I like least in Ubuntu are last-minute features and code changes. Xubuntu has been affected by late changes in the indicator stack and other applications that break existing components. With our small development team, it is often difficult to provide timely fixes for these components, forcing features to be cut from the release or fixes delivered after release. With increased communication with the Ubuntu team, I'd like to reduce the impact of these changes or be better prepared for them.


Comments

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Endorsements

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== <SPONSORS NAME> ==
=== General feedback ===
## Please fill us in on your shared experience. (How many packages did you sponsor? How would you judge the quality? How would you describe the improvements? Do you trust the applicant?)

=== Specific Experiences of working together ===
''Please add good examples of your work together, but also cases that could have handled better.''
=== Areas of Improvement ===


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