I, Raman Sarda, apply to be a Lubuntu Developer.
| Name | **Raman Sarda** |
| Launchpad Page | https://launchpad.net/~theloudspeaker |
| Phabricator Profile | https://phab.lubuntu.me/p/The_LoudSpeaker/ |
I am applying because:
# I'd like to eliminate delays in getting my work sponsored.
# I'd like to reduce the burden on my sponsors.
# I'd like to contribute more actively to one of my favorite Linux distros.
===**Who I am**===
I am a student pursuing my B.E (Hons) Civil Engineering and M.Sc.(Hons) Physics at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Hyderabad, India. I have keen interest in Operating Systems and their working.I have been following [[ https://wiki.osdev.org/Expanded_Main_Page | OS Dev wiki ]] to develop a small project OS of my own. I keep distro-hopping among new and upcoming Linux distros but always find my way back to Lubuntu.
I enjoy swimming and riding bikes in my free time. Apart from that, I find myself at home in songs and books. Writing is also a hobby. I maintain a blog [[ https://theloudspeaker.home.blog/ | here ]].
===**My Lubuntu story**===
I first used Lubuntu in December of 2017. It performed very well on my system which was slightly low spec at that time. It became my daily driver and favorite Linux distro due to its minimalist design. I decided to contribute back to Lubuntu and help making it even better.
I have been around phabricator and devel channel on telegram since March 2019, just before 19.04 release. My first contribution was a fix which made many files open in their own default apps.
I patch upstream fixes, test development images and fix broken/incomplete features. I attend the weekly standup meetings and provide my views/ suggestions in various discussions. I provide support on discourse instance of Lubuntu whenever I can.
===**Examples of my work / Things I'm proud of**===
* [[ https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lubuntu-default-settings/19.10.8 | Fixed shortcuts ]] Among a series of shortcut related fixes, this one was the final one.
* [[ https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libfm-qt/0.14.1-9ubuntu3 | Fixed DND MTP Bug. ]]
* [[ https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lubuntu-default-settings/19.04.2 | Provided a complete mimeapps.list ]]
* [[ https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lubuntu-default-settings/20.04.1 | Added default theme fir xscreensaver. ]]
* [[ https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lubuntu-artwork/19.10.2 | Added lubuntu-grub-theme. ]]
===**Areas of work**===
Shortcuts was a big project for me and it took a lot of tests and tweaking around it. It was the project I have worked longest on. It gave me the opportunity to work with upstream as well as to learn hand modification of patches. It has been a great learning experience. The team has been very helpful all the time and I am grateful to them for bearing my newbie queries. I have also helped with the final testing of Eoan Ermine release.
===**Things I could do better**==
I am new to the community and very enthusiastic which is why sometimes I end up making small errors like typos and whitespaces. At times I keep asking small queries which can be solved by a bit of browsing around or reading some docs. I'd like to reduce them. Any other suggestions are very much welcome.
===**Plans for the future**===
I'd like to help add new features to Lubuntu and make it more user friendly. I want to help complete the wishlist which is present on phabricator.
I'd also like to try and get Raspberry Pi images of Lubuntu.
Lubuntu has grown a lot over the years and all the credit goes to the development team. They are very helpful to people asking for support and are very welcoming to new contributors and help them in every possible way. It's a pleasure to be a part of the team.
===**What I like least in Lubuntu**===
An active window overview and tilling support is something I think will be a great improvement for Lubuntu. Many users (including me) like the ability to tile windows. It would be great if I could help in providing that functionality.
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