Debian Expert: packaging, security updates, consulting, and more

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Debian Expert: packaging, security updates, consulting, and more

Raphael Hertzog-4
Hello,

Freexian (my company) is doing rather well and I'm looking for help,
either on a salaried basis or on a contractor basis. I tried to describe
the various roles that I handle within Freexian. I would like to find
someone who is able/willing to handle all of them... but we can also
split them between two persons. Note that many of the tasks require you
to be a Debian developer with upload privileges. All the work is to be done
remotely.

LTS / ELTS Manager
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Duties:
• Follow the work of the paid LTS / ELTS contributors, ensuring that they
  live up to our expectations
• Ensure we have enough LTS / ELTS contributors to handle the work load
• Follow the discussions on mailing lists (private *-[hidden email]
  alias, public lists like debian-lts and debian-security-tracker), step in
  or ask a paid LTS contributor to step in when required (when problems
  introduced by paid contributors are reported, when sponsors/customers ask
  questions, etc.)
• Be pro-active, make proposals to improve the general LTS workflow

Tasks:
• Dispatch work hours to LTS / ELTS contributors
• Ensure all the paid contributors have published their report and publish
  a monthly report on behalf of Freexian (3h/month)
• Recruit new paid LTS contributors (when the number of contributors is
  not sufficient to handle the work load)
• Respond to queries of sponsors / customers and of paid contributors.

Possible tasks (unsure, to be discussed):
• Invoice customers/sponsors.
• Onboard new sponsors.
• Find new sponsors.

FTR, LTS refers to https://www.freexian.com/services/debian-lts.html
and ELTS to https://deb.freexian.com/extended-lts/

LTS Contributor
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Duties:
• Handle the day-to-day work of a paid LTS / ELTS contributor

Tasks:
• Prepare and release security updates for LTS / ELTS
• Handle CVE triaging on a regular basis
• Improve the LTS-specific infrastructure
• Improve the Debian security infrastructure in general

Skills required:
• Be fluent in many programming languages including C, be able to learn
  new programming languages
• Have a good knowledge of the various kind of security issues
• Debian packaging

Debian Packager
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Tasks:
• Estimate the time required to package a given piece of software
• Create (policy compliant) Debian packages of various software
• Maintain packages (in Debian or outside)

Skills required:
• Debian packaging
• Knowledge of many programming languages and familiarity with their
  ecosystem of tools (including their Debian packaging tools)

Requirements:
• Debian developer status

Debian Expert
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Tasks:
• Communicate (by email or by video-conference) with the customer to
  understand his need/problem and provide useful advice, possibly under the
  form of a report that you will have to write.
• Handle technical support requests, mostly by email, with the goal of
  solving the problem at hand but also to teach the customer so that he can
  deal by himself with a similar problem in the future.

Skills required:
• Expert knowledge of Debian and good knowledge of the most popular free
  software available in Debian.
• Be fluent in English.
• Bonus: be fluent in French (Freexian has a few French-speaking customers)

Python/Django Developer
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Tasks:
• Build new infrastructure for Debian LTS / ELTS.
• Build new web project to easily replicate the “shared resource/work” concept of
  Debian LTS / ELTS in other contexts (free software related or not).

In this role, the customer is Freexian itself, either investing in its own
infrastructure or building a new service that could become a new source of
income after launch. This role could be used by a Freexian employee when
the work available in the other roles is not sufficient to fill their
schedule.

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If you are interested in this job offer, please reply to this email and
get back to me. Feel free to forward this email to anyone that could be
interested.

Regards,
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Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Freexian SARL ◈ Tel: +33 (0)6 88 21 35 47
https://www.freexian.com