[aur-general] TU Application

Evangelos Foutras foutrelis at gmail.com
Tue Oct 7 20:01:23 EDT 2008


My name is Evangelos Foutras. I'm 20 years old and currently a student 
of Informatics at the University of Piraeus in Athens, Greece.

I had my first taste of GNU/Linux a few years back with Mandrake 9.0 (if 
I remember correctly) that came with a magazine I bought. I didn't know 
much about computers back then and gave up quickly. Since then, I used 
Windows (2000 and then XP) pretty much until 2007. At that time I 
discovered Ubuntu and started messing around with it, setting my system 
to dual-boot XP and Ubuntu. I gradually increased the time spent on 
Ubuntu especially during the summer of the same year, and finally dumped 
Windows all together on Oct 20 2007. I've never looked back since.

During this one and a half year, I've tried several distributions, 
including Fedora and Debian; they were alright. I really liked that 
Fedora shipped with very up-to-date software and I still use Debian for 
server environments. My first Arch installation was done this spring but 
for some reason I can't recall, I went back to Ubuntu the following day. 
My next Arch encounter I owe to Alex Cartwright, founder of TangoCMS[1]. 
He had recently switched to Arch himself and urged me to give it another 
try. This time I got to understand and love the Arch Way, so I didn't 
bounce. "Love at second sight", I guess.

Currently, I maintain 8 packages in AUR. Two of them feature (crappy) 
software I've authored, two others are new contributions and the rest 
are orphans I've adopted. I'm somewhat experienced at C, Python, PHP and 
Bash, skills which have aided in handling issues that arise when 
packaging a piece of software.

Let me say that I'm amazed at the quality of the distribution as a 
whole, and the tools that have been developed for it. The community is 
wonderful as well, composed of smart and skillful people who enjoy being 
of assistance to others. I'd like to get more involved in Arch and help 
wherever I can; therefore I'm applying for TUship. Daenyth has offered 
to be my sponsor and I sincerely thank him for that. :)

Feel free to ask me any questions you might have.

Kind regards,

[1] http://www.tangocms.org/

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