Adopt an Upstream: Victor Vargas
We’ve been banging on about adopting upstream packages as a great way to take care of a certain class of bugs with Launchpad.
Victor Vargas (aka Kamusin) has been working on multiple packages on the GNOME side, he recently adopted the rhythmbox package and he’s doing great work so far, doing Triage work on the Ubuntu side and also reporting those bugs to the Upstream Bug Tracker providing the right logs and always trying to keep those updated with the latest information and helping to build a better relationship with the upstream maintainers.
He’s not only working on rhythmbox though, Victor is also triaging a lot of bugs on nautilus and Evolution. Victor is also involved on Bug days and doing amazing work organizing those and triaging bugs on those days. Here’s a bit of the work he’s doing:
- Bugs reported upstream: 41
- Bugs reported on rhythmbox: 11
- Bugs reported on nautilus: 14
Check out his profile on the upstream bugzilla here. I asked Victor how he got started and to give me some tips to pass along to people who might be interested in this, here’s what he has to say:
- In some parts of the day I go to http://status.qa.ubuntu.com/ and take a look at statistics for gwibber and rhythmbox for seeing what it’s going on today ..
- Depending how much is growing our curve in graphs for new reports, is the priority that I should see first (I try to maintain as low as I can new reports for get nice stats and feel that things are better)
Sometimes you can’t be able to reproduce all problems or thinks goes fine for you, so I try to find help with some folks for reproduce this events, get Backtraces or stuffs for elaborate a more complete report (or ask in #ubuntu-bugs channel). Personally I feel very lucky because I have near some good people like Pedro Villavicencio (Canonical) and Fabio Durán (Gnome BugSquad) as friends so they told me if I did something wrong or indeed if was already reported in Bugzilla.
In some cases you feel such your brain is walking slow or don’t have enough motivation .. so what I do? I search all these reports that don’t have a package associated (is the most easy tasks when you are starting in Ubuntu Bug Squad) or if these is not enough you should try to find all the old ones and check if are still reproducible in latest Ubuntu release.
Probably I forgot to mention lot of details about triaging and stuff but I am still a new member in this land, but everyday I am learning more and more, in this boat you will get a nice trip and full of challenges but in the end of the day you will feel the satisfaction to be part of this revolution.
More Debian/Ubuntu QA tool integration
In case you’re a Debian Developer and missed this post, you can now subscribe to Ubuntu bugs for packages you care about.
I have an action item to investigate if we can do this per person as an option vs. per package. More to follow in a longer Debian-related post.