[aur-general] TU application: Jan Steffens

Jan Steffens jan.steffens at student.kit.edu
Mon Apr 19 02:20:53 EDT 2010


My name is Jan Alexander Steffens and I'm a 22 year old CS student
living in Karlsruhe, Germany.

I've been introduced to Linux in high school, where the administration
team (which mainly consisted of students) were avid supporters of free

Since then, I went through quite a few distributions: SuSE, Mandrake,
Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian. Gentoo was the first distribution that got me
interested in getting to know the internals a bit more. About a year
ago, a fellow CS student introduced me to Arch. After I blew up my
Fedora installation (accidentally wrote to /dev/root), I chose to give
Arch a try. I got hooked. Its simplicity really makes it a joy to tinker
with. :) Especially creating packages and offering them to others (AUR)
is something Arch made easy.

I currently run two Arch systems, one on my laptop and one on a headless
box mainly acting as a router. Both are getting packages from [testing].

Arch is the first distribution I actually started contributing back to.
I began frequenting the Archlinux channels on Freenode, now and then
helping out others and asking my own questions. I reported bugs I found,
and I uploaded and maintain 15 packages in the AUR [1].

I use Pulseaudio on my laptop: Some of my packages in the AUR center on
it, and I gave the wiki page on Pulseaudio an overhaul. I'm interested
in taking over maintenance of the pulseaudio packages in [community] and
improve Pulseaudio on Arch Linux.

A few days ago, I finally got up the nerve to write about my gripes with
the gvim package and propose a solution [2]. I was overwhelmed with the
positive response. Now Dan Griffiths approached me and offered to
sponsor my application as a TU. Thank you, Dan.

I hope I'm getting accepted as TU and we can work together on improving
this great distribution. :-)

Jan "heftig" Steffens

1: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?SeB=m&K=heftig
2: http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/19087

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