This weekend I actually got my account set up on Alioth, the development environment for Debian GNU/Linux. I have signed on for involvement with the Eclipse packaging project and the Lucene packaging project. The timing is a bit off, as I am heading into a 60-hour week at work, but I think that is the norm when you are moonlighting for open source. It’s catch as catch can, most of us (if not all when it comes to Debian) working purely as volunteers.
I have to admit that I am pretty excited about being “officially” involved with Debian. I hope to be able to come up to speed quickly on the processes and policies, but there’s quite a bit of that to work through. I don’t mind, though, because the organization and discipline of Debian is a major part of its draw for me.