[aur-general] TU application for Thomas Dziedzic

Thomas Dziedzic gostrc at gmail.com
Wed Jun 9 14:53:03 EDT 2010

My main goals initially are maintaining [community] packages which
includes fixing bugs in those packages, and maintaining the integrity
of the AUR, for instance, looking over PKGBUILDs submitted to the AUR
and responding to comments made in aur-general.

I'm mainly interested in science/math/unix-philosophy packages.
Although there aren't many of those that are orphans in the community
repos right now. I could also maintain other orphans, most notably the
outdated ones, in community for some time just to update and tidy them

I am not necessarily that interested in developing the web site,
although if there are any outstanding problems I can certainly take a
look at the problems.

P.S. If you think grass is bad, you should see sage-mathematics!!! :P

On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 1:04 PM, Daniel J Griffiths (Ghost1227)
<ghost1227 at archlinux.us> wrote:
> On 06/09/10 at 11:29am, Thomas Dziedzic wrote:
>> Hello,
>> 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
>> bbs/bugs/wiki.
>> 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
>> philosophy.
>> 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
> I've seen you around and don't have anything bad to say about you, so
> that's a start... In regards to you adopting grass if you get the position,
> PLEASE DO!!! I hate rebuilding that damn thing :P I have one question for
> you though... You mentioned wanting to move one package to [community], and
> an interest in adopting one other, but what do you really want to do as a
> Trusted User? Is there a specific group of packages that you are interested
> in maintaining? As you interested in helping out with site development or
> the AUR? Basically, what are your goals for becoming a Trusted User?
> --

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