[aur-general] TU application - ConnorBehan

Alex Belanger i.caught.air at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 22:59:51 EDT 2012

You seem very devoted to opensource and its community; Arch is the most promising project I've seen in a while. I would gladly want someone like you to make the user/dev experience worthwhile.

+1 You got my vote here.

On Apr 12, 2012, at 8:54 PM, Connor Behan <connor.behan at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> * https://bitbucket.org/aafshar/pida-main/issue/464/please-make-moo-work-again
> * http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&atid=544752&aid=3054669&group_id=75689 <http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&atid=544752&aid=3054669&group_id=75689>
> * 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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