[aur-general] TU application - ConnorBehan

Connor Behan connor.behan at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 20:54:12 EDT 2012

Hello Archers. This is my application to be a trusted user and my 
sponsor is Sergej Pupykin. My name on all Arch projects is ConnorBehan. 
Some of you may remember me fondly from a conversation or two, others 
perhaps not so fondly, and I'm sure some of you don't know me at all!

Anyway, since I started using Arch five years ago, I have gone from 
being mostly on the receiving end of support issues to mostly on the 
giving end. In that time, Arch has grown immensely in popularity and 
this puts increased pressure on the package maintainers so I want to 
help. On the forums, I would not go so far as to say I'm "a regular"... 
my posting is a bit on and off. But I have tried to be much more regular 
on the AUR. I currently maintain 38 packages. There are other packages 
that I used to maintain. Three of them are now in community under the 
maintainership of a TU (audit, sk1 and python-lcms). And one of them was 
a kernel package which was one of the first packages that Archers used 
to get Radeon KMS support before it was considered stable.

The list of packages I would immediately put in community is not huge. 
My gsview and xdvdshrink packages surely have enough votes to warrant 
inclusion. I would also put python-gasp in community to help Arch users 
who are learning Python from the book thinkcspy like I did. And using 
talkfilters to chat in pirate speak never gets old. I also want to be in 
a better position to adopt orphaned packages (or neglected packages like 
info2man that should be orphaned). Six of my AUR packages so far were 
submitted by someone else. The packages I would not include are 
pidgin-broadcast (abuse potential), instantbird (unreliable with the 
packaging choices I have made) and the numerous packages that are 
decidedly non-vanilla.

I have started three open source projects since I became involved in 
free software:
* http://mebitag.sourceforge.net/
* http://demohack.sourceforge.net/
* http://goodies.xfce.org/projects/panel-plugins/xfce4-generic-slider

I am pretty sure that only the last one has a user base greater than one 
=P. One thing you will probably notice from my AUR packages is that they 
tend to contain large, self-written patches. This is my favourite part 
about free software - modifying it to fix a bug or even add a 
significant feature. I am very much in the habit of contributing these 
patches back to upstream bug trackers:

* http://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=7354
* http://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=7353
* https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=26998
* https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=47866
* https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=667155
* https://bugzilla.instantbird.org/show_bug.cgi?id=165
* https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=454025
* https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=453706
* https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/19672
* http://sourceforge.net/p/gracegtk/tickets/1/

Some of them get accepted, and some don't =). Thanks for taking the time 
to read this and I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

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