5 Jan 2005
(updated 7 Jan 2005 at 03:32 UTC) »
Starting from the begining, my involvement with Debian started on Debconf4 in Porto Alegre, in which I helped joining the local team. During the organization even my major enemies on computing being two "guys" called Layout and Gimp (I'm quite bad in graphics), I helped with the t-shirts layout (I hope you're using to things other than sleep :-P), badges layout, banners (with that big empty space to write stuff on, which resulted in a wonderful memory from the event to spectra), renting machines to hacklab, etc..Also, some attendees started to come to Porto Alegre a bit early, and they staid on my mother's house: Joey Hess, Micah Anderson, Mako, Micah, Gleydson, Michelle, Enrico, Wojtek, and others. For some days my mother's house was a very funny hacklab. This made me see Debian as an operation system in which real people are working. After those days, Debconf was ready and started, and I had to concentrate helping on make FISL happen too, so I was unable to attend the conference. But at least, Debconf4 made me become interested in contributing to Debian.
First step was when I finally began packaging something to Debian one month ago, and now thanks to the translators and my packaging job, I have my Mozilla Firefox working in Brazilian Portuguese and the Sarge users too. I also have another package called gnome-doc-utils waiting to enter Sid. Now, I'm working to migrate an application (the best memory I have from the time in which I used RedHat) called Printer Configuration Tool, already ported to Debian in a very old version, but today it's a much better application to configure printers, since it works with any printer manager and the users don't need to care about it (most users don't know about printer daemon existance). It's being fun to hack on this, since RedHat/Fedora and Debian have some differences and porting this application could be a good way for me (a RedHat user in the past) learn more about Debian. I already had to work on three different packages and discovered a licensing problem with some RedHat python modules used by the application, but I'm progressing ;). I contacted some RedHat developers to take care about the licensing problem, and some DDs to talk about some suggestions to facilitate the porting work. In some days I'll be doing three more ITPs.
The second step is my first posts on Planet Debian. I need to confess I was a bit discouraged to do that, since it's a place where the Debian contributors and developers usually posts about their jobs, and there are not many female hackergotchis around here. But on other hand, maybe other female Debian contributors would see me here and encourage themselves to make Planet Debian less male-dominated than it is today.
Finally, the brazilian debian community is in party today, with the acceptance of stratus on the Debian Developers team. Congratulations stratus! You are our 13th DD, and I hope to see this number increasing more and more.