Srinivasa Ragavan


I love GNOME, free software and the community. I care for it. I'm contributing to GNOME for the last 6 years, by means of code, bugs, patches and features. I want to contribute more in non-code terms being in the board. I'm confident I can do it. Every GNOME board I have seen is awesome, unique and ever-improving. I'm sure, I would add my best to it.

Me ?

I'm 28 years old, computer science engineering graduate from India. Out of college, I joined Novell, and 8 years on, still there. First 2 years, I was working on BIND and Apache projects. Since 2003, I'm with GNOME, contributing to various GNOME projects and Notably, I'm the project maintainer for Evolution (and friends) for the last ~3 years. I'm the author of Anjal, the mailer for Netbooks.

What have I done till now in GNOME?

I have been writing code for ~6 years. Mostly patches, bugs enhancements. I'm maintain Evolution. I have contributed to create a self-sustaining Evolution community. I have brought new module maintainers in Evolution, who were active contributing. I have streamlined patch reviews in Evolution, and enabled more contributions to Evolution .Evolution adds to at least 50 new contributors every major release. I have been the top patch reviewer in GNOME for the last two years. I'm currently writing (Anjal) new mail client for low-power, low memory devices and mobile devices. I manage an Open Source Internship program in India (through Novell & GNOME Bangalore chapter), which enable students to contribute to Open source projects in GNOME, Open Office, LDTP and Mono. I still mentor few students in contributing to GNOME and other open source projects.

What will I do if I'm on the board?

  • The release team has done an amazing road map and schedule for GNOME3. I would stand by and support release team when required and then GNOME to have a successful in GNOME 3.0 release.
  • We have an amazing Desktop, great hackers, a wonderful community and users. We have good marketing as well. But I feel, there a lot of room for improvement. I would give more focus on GNOME marketing.
  • I love GNOME, the community and the users. I'm would keep my ears wide open and listen to everyone and be a people representative on the board.
  • I would do my best for arranging hack fests, meetings and conferences.
  • I was successful with the open source internship program that I started in India. It helped in adding a few consistent contributors to GNOME. But India has a lot more potential contributors to GNOME and free software. Being part of the board, I would strive hard towards making more GNOME contributors from India.

When I first told my friends, some of them asked me, 'Do I have time?'. Time is something that everyone lacks. I swear, I'll do better planning and dedicate necessary time for the board activities.

If I win, this will be my first term for the GNOME board. Vote for me.

FoundationBoard/Elections2009/SrinivasaRagavan (last edited 2009-05-26 03:44:25 by SrinivasaRagavan)