MOTU BOF Session

Registered by Andrew Starr-Bochicchio on 2012-05-04

MOTU's current mission has been defined as:

* Maintaining packages that do not belong in any package-sets.
* Providing guidance and training for new generalist developers.
* Extended Quality Assurance functions.

Are we living up to this mission? What plans do we want to make for the Quantal cycle?

Blueprint information

Status:
Started
Approver:
Kate Stewart
Priority:
High
Drafter:
Andrew Starr-Bochicchio
Direction:
Approved
Assignee:
MOTU
Definition:
Drafting
Series goal:
Accepted for quantal
Implementation:
Beta Available
Milestone target:
milestone icon ubuntu-12.10-beta-1
Started by
Kate Stewart on 2012-07-10

Related branches

Sprints

Whiteboard

Mailing list discussion: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-motu/2012-April/007207.html

http://pad.ubuntu.com/uds-p-other-p-motu-bof - notes from last UDS's MOTU BOF

This is two sessions:
1st: discussion
2nd: workitems

Discussion:
Situation:
fixit fridays worked, but they didn't keep going
MOTU still seems fairly active, so we probably shouldn't kill it off :)
People still do seem to want to be MOTUs, but many don't know how to get started.
Little initiatives, not too many meetings (ex. security team w/summary of to-dos.)
reasons we aren't using mentors yet: debdiffs, derived distribution knowledge.

Incentive-
Archive re-org: MOTU will still be relevant, there will always be unseeded/uncared for packages and people who are interested in maintaining a wide range of packages in the archive.

Objectives:
Post more regular announcements of things we are doing. Those seem to encourage activity.
mentors.debian.org for sponsorship.
Provide more immediate feedback to initial contributors
Potential topics: consider...
updating current blueprints/workitems
choose future meeting times: 16:00 UTC Thursdays (starting 24 May). Alternating times?
check status of MOTU documentation/workflow
policy updates (when do packages get removed from the archive, etc)
reports from the DAT
round-table on transitions
Create...
an open forum for people with general questions about MOTU/patch workflow into Ubuntu (bhavi: can we get the motu-school started again?)
 a policy for removing abandoned universe packages (err yeah we discussed this last time...) http://qa.ubuntuwire.org/neglected/
We should look through them and get rid the debian-multimedia bits?
Get long-term ARB apps into universe, encourage PPU, have a way to confirm that the package is still valid on a time-based basis.
spelling errors are really easy to get people started, because there's no required knowledege of the language or build systems.
Next Session:
update mission statement(?) (despite great MOTU, little team spirit)
motu school
Inspiring:
friendly people
being able to make a difference for many people very quickly

(?)

Work Items

Work items for quantal-alpha-1:
[dholbach] Announce meeting. : DONE
[bhavi] set up a FAQ for new contributors (bhavi: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/FAQ is a bit dated but can be updated to include functioning of d-a-t): DONE
[andrewsomething] remove all mentions to the motu-mentors mailing list : DONE

Work items for quantal-alpha-2:
[dholbach] reach out to debian derivatives mailing list and find out if there's interest in having joint bug fixing initiatives and invite to MOTU meetings: DONE
[dholbach] Make sure packaging guide covers sponsorship processes (filed bug 996096): DONE

Work items:
[epikvision] create video tutorials??? (bhavi: dholbach videos on ubuntudevelopers channel on youtube is a bit dated): TODO
[andrewsomething] wiki.u.c/MOTU needs to be cleaned up. (it's rather outdated.): TODO
[dholbach] wiki.u.c/MOTU needs to be cleaned up. (it's rather outdated.): DONE
[motu] (micahg) Come up with a proposed policy for deprecating and removing packages in universe: TODO
[jonathan] facebook ads: DONE
[broder] facebook ads: TODO