[aur-general] TU application for Thomas Dziedzic

Thomas Dziedzic gostrc at gmail.com
Wed Jun 9 12:29:59 EDT 2010


My name is Thomas Dziedzic. I recently applied to the Junior Developer
program, but I was not accepted because of the quantity of people that
applied. Allan McRae suggested that I should apply to be a TU so here
I am. I have contacted Ionuț Bîru (wonder) and he has agreed to
sponsor me. This will mainly be a reiteration of my JD program
application. Now, onto some background about me.

I got started with open source software several years ago mainly out
of curiosity by installing a linux distro (mandrake). Some OSs that I
have used before archlinux include: mandrake (now mandriva), debian,
opensuse, fedora core (now fedora), slackware, freebsd, ubuntu, and
many others. Now my distro hopping days are mostly over thanks to
archlinux and virtualbox.

I have been using archlinux on my desktop for at least 2 years now. I
go by the following nicks, td123 on irc/aur, and tomd123 on

I currently maintain 78 packages in the aur. [1] I keep them mostly up
to date and bug free. I know some of the packages aren't perfect but
most (if not all) work. Most importantly, I don't ignore user
requests/problem reports. I also go through some bug reports and help
out where ever I can.

I am fairly comfortable with writing packages for archlinux. I am also
comfortable fixing bugs in the packages. I currently don't actively
track upstream development of any packages, mainly because I
don't have a need to. Occasionally, if I'm curious about certain
features or just want to check out the changes/progress, I will check
the repo logs or the changelog. I am mainly interested in maintaining
scientific/mathematical apps along with apps that follow the unix

Initially, I would be interested in knowing if I could move
sage-mathematics from the AUR to community. Also, I would be
interested in adopting grass from community.

I am hoping that I will get accepted so I can help improve archlinux even more!

-Thomas Dziedzic

[1] - http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?SeB=m&K=td123

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