So with the Jaunty release I’ve reached a milestone of sorts, since I started on the kernel team at Canonical during release week for Intrepid. In theory I’ve seen a little bit of every part of the process for everything although in reality you can only drink from a fire hose at a fixed, small rate.
For the last few months I’ve been immersed in some very specific kernels – the hardy based lpia kernels which a lot of the netbook development has been done around. It’s been educational and fun – I realized a couple of weeks ago that almost every time now that I need to do something with git (or more commonly undo something or modify something), I pretty much know how to do it without thinking very hard. Even better, I can extend operations I’ve learned for one tool to others, and have it work. This is the sort of tool familiarity that is great when it happens, and always harder for me to achieve than I’d like. I’m waiting for debian packaging to be as familiar – it took ten years before I felt very highly proficient with all the rpm subtleties, so I’ll give myself some more time.