I, Luca Boccassi, apply for upload rights for package(s) dpdk, dpdk-kmods, driverctl, dbus-broker, sdbus-cpp, tpm2-tss-engine, mkosi, openconnect, network-manager-openconnect, vpnc-scripts, czmq.


Luca Boccassi

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I am applying because:

  • I am a Debian Developer and would like to help backporting targeted fixes to LTS Ubuntu releases for packages I maintain in Debian.
  • I'd like to eliminate delays in getting my work sponsored.
  • I'd like to reduce the burden on my sponsors.

Who I am

I have been a Debian contributor for many years, and Debian Developer with uploading rights since 2017. I maintain ~60 source packages in Debian, and also I am a maintainer in several upstream projects such as DPDK, ZeroMQ, systemd. I am currently employed as a software engineer at Microsoft, in the Linux Systems Group.

My Ubuntu story

Ubuntu was the first Linux distro I used, back in high school, so must have been Hoary or Breezy. Since then I flipped back and forth between Debian and Ubuntu, depending on the machine. One of the first projects I started contributing to was Bumblebee, using the upstream team's PPA and then collaborating with the downstream packagers, and that's how I slowly became a Debian Developer.

My involvement

Examples of my work / Things I'm proud of

Areas of work

A great collaboration between Debian, Ubuntu and upstream DPDK has been going on for years, and myself and Christian Ehrhardt have been doing great work maintaining this complex stack since 2016. With uploaders right, I plan to further enhance our collaboration for the benefit of both Debian and Ubuntu and their users.

Things I could do better

Some of my packages in Debian haven't been updated in a long time, because there is no new upstream version to package nor pending bugs, so they "just work". But Debian doesn't do archive-wide recompiles, so that means they do not benefit from advances in compilers, linting tools, etc.

Plans for the future


Upload targeted bug fixes for LTS Ubuntu releases for the packages I maintian, to provide a better experience for our users.

What I like least in Ubuntu

There are many cases where there's a small delta between Debian and Ubuntu, and it could be eliminated with a little bit of work from both sides, reducing maintenance burden going forward. For example, there's a few patches in iproute2 that are in Ubuntu but not in Debian.


If you'd like to comment, but are not the applicant or a sponsor, do it here. Don't forget to sign with @SIG@.


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=== 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.''
## Full list of sponsored packages can be generated here:
=== Areas of Improvement ===

Christian Brauner

General feedback

I know Luca from work on systemd and various other projects. At all times he has proven to be reliable, excellent in social and technical skills and has responsibly handled everything he is responsible for. He is one of the upstream maintainers for the systemd project and highly respected within the open source community. His work has been oustanding. Granting him upload rights would add a very valuable open source contributor to take charge and improve the quality of various packages! I happily sponsor his application.

-- cbrauner 2021-12-02 16:01:32

Christian Ehrhardt

General feedback

Originally and still I work with Luca on DPDK, but over the years we have found many occasions where we can help each other to make Debian and/or Ubuntu better in some aspect. He is an experienced packager, knows how to debug and coordinate upstream interactions. He's also open minded and communicative - so in case he'd be unsure about somthing potentially being different in Ubuntu he'd just ask and not break things.

I trust his work and word and can only recommend him to grant him this PPU rights. It will make him able to do our work which sounds great to me.

Areas of Improvement

He is great, so let us help him to work more for Ubuntu and this might be the first step.

-- paelzer 2021-12-02 15:23:29


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