I, Roderick B. Greening, apply for MOTU.
Roderick B. Greening
Who I am
I am 37 years old, residing in St. John's, NL, Canada - the oldest city in North America. I currently work for a national Telecommunications company, as regional manager. I am responsible for ensuring the successful deployment and delivery of our various voice and data services, many of which I helped develop over the last 10+ years. Our internet services (mail, news, web, etc) all run on Linux based systems, which vary from RPM based to Deb based.
I have been a user of Linux since about 1993. I have used Slackware, Debian, Red Hat, Mandrake (Mandriva), Gentoo and Ubuntu (Kubuntu). Over the last year, I have worked to switch my entire family and friends to use Kubuntu. This has been a rather easy task, considering these are non-technical people. Having a well built OS to start with, however, made the transistion very easy.
I like to read, everything from technical books (programming Qt, Python, etc) to SciFi/Fantasy, especially anything Star Trek related. At any one point I have about 7 books I am in the process of reading (I keep one in just about every room in the house and the office).
I am also a hobbist photographer, and have a Canon Rebel Xt. I have taken pictures for weddings, portraits, and other photoshoots, all purely as a hobbist.
My Ubuntu story
Prior to coming to Kubuntu, I worked on an overlay for Gentoo, which provided KDE enhancements (qt-copy patches, compiz/beryl, etc) to the Gentoo user base. Also, prior to my switch I was working on obtaining my developer status (similar ot MOTU) within the KDE Herd.
I switched to Kubuntu as I desired an easier system to maintain and manage, both for myself and for my friends and family, and Gentoo was not suitable for that task. Given Ubuntu's popularity, I gave it a try and haven't looked back.
My first Kubuntu CD was ordered via shippit, and it was Dapper Drake (6.06). I immediately installed it on my Acer 4912, and kept it dual boot with Gentoo, until I got all my minor issues sorted. I opened a few bug reports and worked on fixing my issues. At this point, I never knew how to package deb's, but I knew how to patch from source, and eventually submitted a fix or two to the Kubuntu team.
It wasn't until much later that I got the real developer itch back. I was using Hardy Heron, and having some difficulties with Knetworkmanager. I decided to jump online and ask Riddell how I would go about attempting to fix it. The rest is history. From that point on, I was patching, fixing bugs, updating packages and even helped get qt and kde packages ready for Intrepid Ibex.
I am a Kubuntu Member since October, 2008, having been approved as a direct result of my help in updating packages necessary for the Intrepid Ibex release.
Examples of my work / Things I'm proud of
Most of my work has been in getting KDE built and in shape for each release cycle. I typically have built and uploaded approximately half of the KDE packages each cycle, starting with Intrepid, and all the point releases in between. Of particular note, I worked a long time on getting Qt 4.5.0 RC1 ready for Jaunty, and this was critical in getting us to a point where we could consider using Qt webkit in Konqueror (still being investigated). Additionally, Qt 4.5.0 brings significant speed improvements for rendering, and thus a better user experience.
I also helped ScottK update Kommander and KVirc for Jaunty, from SVN snapshots.
Packagekit is a new big part of Jaunty. KDE will use KPackagekit to replace Adept 3.0. I have been working on several packages and enhancements to make KPackagekit better. Part of this has been implementing missing features, like Editing the software sources. I added a patch to allow using software-properties-kde within KPackagekit to accomplish this. I am currently working on a simplified view for KPackageKit, to allow users to add/remove applications, as specified via the app-install-data package. I have been working with the packagekit team (#packagekit) and we have developed a app-install specification, which is currently being developed to further this work (here is the draft of the spec I helped prepare - http://cgit.freedesktop.org/packagekit/plain/docs/app-install-v1.draft).
Here are the packages I have currently uploaded:
- kdebase-workspace, qt4-x11
- kde4libs kpackagekit krusader update-notifier-kde kvirc kdesdk kdenetwork kdeaccessibility kdebase-runtime kdebase kde4bindings kdeedu kdegraphics kdeutils kdegames kdetoys adept kdebase-workspace kde4bindings Ubuntu Intrepid 4:4.1.2-0ubuntu2 2008-10-16 lpia hppa 0 0 qtjambi Ubuntu Intrepid 4.4.3-0ubuntu3 2008-10-09 armel sparc sparc 3 0 update-notifier-kde Ubuntu Intrepid 0.7 2008-10-08 None 7 0 qt4-x11 Ubuntu Intrepid 4.4.3-0ubuntu1 2008-10-03 None 44 0 kdegraphics Ubuntu Intrepid 4:4.1.2-0ubuntu1 2008-10-03 hppa 26 1 desktop-effects-kde Ubuntu Intrepid 0.4.3 2008-09-29 i386 11 0 kde4libs Ubuntu Intrepid 4:4.1.1+really4.1.1-0ubuntu4 2008-09-24 None 49 0 scim-bridge Ubuntu Intrepid 0.4.14-2ubuntu1 2008-09-15 None 13 0 gtk-qt-engine Ubuntu Intrepid 1:1.1+svn20080816-0ubuntu3
Areas of work
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Things I could do better
Plans for the future
What I like least in Ubuntu
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