I came across Debian during my university life. I joined the local Linux User Group in my university and found that most machines are using Debian as server operating system. Meanwhile, while using Ubuntu as initial Linux system for my laptop, I learned that Debian is the base of Ubuntu. That's why I decided to dig into Debian Project and see what I can do.
I learned that Debian is a fascinating collaborative work around the globe, but various deficiencies in packages and documentation exist and bothered me. As a Chinese user, I also found that local community was barely active and lacks activity. Lots of local enthusiasts who might not have good English skills struggled in seeking help both online or offline.
I learned things around Debian and set my target to both improve users' experience of using Debian by dealing with (rather) important under-maintained/outdated/orphaned packages and improving documentation status in Debian. Secondly, I aim to help organize proper communication platform (IRC, IMs, local forums, Debian Wiki, etc) for Chinese users, enthusiasts and potential future developers to achieve better communications between different entities.
Contributions I made include the maintenance of various packages in Debian (38 pkgs in "main" currently, plus several co-maintained/qa-uploaded; see DDPO Boyuan Yang) and updates for documentations, including Debian Website, Debian Wiki, maint-guide, debian-reference, debian-handbook, debmake-doc and so on. Multiple QA works were finished via Debian BTS reports (total work overview: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?archive=both;submitter=073plan%40gmail.com) and private MIA reports. I am also one of the OPs of #debian-cn on FreeNode IRC, which serves as a good communication platform for Chinese-speaking people using Debian. In 2017 I also help organized the Debian Stretch Release Party in Beijing.
I came across Debian during my university life. I joined the local Linux User Group in my university and found that most machin… Expand