Proxy Maintainers – How do we perform?

December 13, 2012 · Posted in Gentoo, Linux 

Following my recent recruitment performance post, here comes the second part of my Gentoo Miniconf 2012 presentation. The following two graphs aim to demonstrate the performance of proxy-maintainers aka, how Gentoo users help us improve and push new ebuilds to the portage tree

Orphaned Packages 2012/10Orphaned Packages 2012/12

One can notice the increased number of maintainer-needed@ packages but this is because we “retired” a lot of inactive developers in the last 2 months. I expect this number to not increase further in the near future.

I would like to thank all of you who are actively participating in this team. Keep up the good work!

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One Response to “Proxy Maintainers – How do we perform?”

  1. aCOSwt on December 14th, 2012 8:37 am

    In my opinion, the proxy-maintainer project is one of the two best initiatives Gentoo, as an organization, has taken since… it became an organization!
    The other one being… sunrise !

    The best initiatives an organization can take are those which actually make things move forward. Which develops more “enablers” than brakes ! Which open rather than close.

    Enablers ! That is indeed what these proxy-maintainers are.

    Look :

    1/ Six months ago, the official Gentoo dev in charge of some package marked himself “away” for… a week or so…
    2/ You know well this package, are able to patch the code, tweak it, you maintain it yourself for… yourself. Yourself ? Yourself only !
    3/ OK then ! What about making your work available to all gentooers ?

    Hey ! Only Gentoo devs can commit ! And you are not ready to learn and practice all what Gentoo devs must know just in order to make your work available to others ! Because Gentoo’s standards are hight, the cost is far too high and… I’d say… you are correct !

    Oh wait ! There are two different jobs in there. The one of maintaining a package and the one of opening this maintenance to everyone !
    This is exactly what this proxy-maintainer project figured out ! Do the first job you are competent for, proxy-maintainers will take the other one in charge !

    Great idea ! Great initiative ! And… not the least, I can say : IT JUST WORKS !
    So… Do try it !

    A big THANK YOU to all the project members and, in particular, to its leader Markos.

    Eric

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