I, Matthieu Baerts, apply for upload rights for these packages: cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins latexila
Who I am
I'm a student at UCL (Louvain-la-Neuve - Belgium) and a member of the Cairo-Dock team and other projects which support Free Software.
My Ubuntu story
I've been using Ubuntu (from the alphas to the stable Ubuntu x86_64 releases) as my primary OS since 2008 after having tested Mandrake, Mandriva and Ubuntu Warty (with its great and famous liveCD) and used Debian Etch 64bits (just after its release in April 2007).
I'm posting and fixing bug reports on the development release for 3+ years. I'm improving the Ubuntu official packages of Cairo-Dock 2.0 (plug-ins included) since September 2009. I joined the Louvain-li-Nux association (promotion of Free Software through Ubuntu's installations, weekly supports to the community and event's organizations) 2 years ago. I joined the UDS-M for one day.
Examples of my work / Things I'm proud of
A short list:
Developing the Cairo-Dock project of course . During these years, I mainly improved the user experience; maintain the installation process; support Launchpad tools (Code, Bugs, Translations, Answer, Blueprint); support new changes on used APIs; create useless applets as Impulse: http://youtu.be/9WNodluOc3o
- Packaging the Cairo-Dock project (weekly PPA and stable PPA/repo for the Ubuntu official/Cairo-Dock/Debian repositories)
- Working on the integration of Cairo-Dock into Ubuntu such as maintaining Cairo-Dock's Indicator applets, adding a Cairo-Dock session, etc.
Helping a friend (main LaTeXila's dev) by testing and maintaining its packages on Ubuntu (official and PPA - stable/unstable version - packages).
Areas of work
I'm a member of the Cairo-Dock team (mainly as a developer but also other things - website, translations, drivers, releaser because we're a very small team). I'm also cooperating with contributors of the cairo-dock-plug-ins-extras sub-project by merging branches and maintaining them. You can see my work on LaunchPad: https://code.launchpad.net/cairo-dock, https://code.launchpad.net/~matttbe
Things I could do better
I'm still a student and I can improve my coding skill but about Ubuntu I think I can do more stuff and try to maintain more packages that I use. About Cairo-Dock, the TODO list is big but it takes also a few time. Maybe the solution is to code faster
Plans for the future
Having more responsibilities into the Cairo-Dock project and contributing to the Ubuntu project seem essential. Regarding Cairo-Dock itself, I would like to continue into my role of core dev and improve the packaging for Debian (if it's possible e.g.: bug #657564). Regarding Ubuntu, joining teams such as the MOTU or firstly the universe-contributors one (I don't know if I have significant and sustained contributions) seems a nice challenge.
What I like least in Ubuntu
It's sometimes hard to find discussions about the purposes of some design changes in order to report the impacts (e.g.: bug #968133 which has still no official fixes and no answer from Light-Themes team).
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