[aur-general] TU application: Pierre Neidhardt

Pierre Neidhardt ambrevar at gmail.com
Mon Sep 28 10:23:16 UTC 2015


My name is Pierre Neidhardt. I am sending my TU application under the
sponsor of Alexander F Rødseth (xyproto). (Thanks again, Alexander.)

Before going on with the geekiness, a few things about me: my hobbies include
cinema, reading & watching stuff on psychology and education, as well as
quitting my job + moving out + travelling to another country every two years. I
am a computer scientist. I am deeply interested in algorithms, languages and
operating systems, but my main field remains computer graphics. I have worked in
research and briefly for the video game industry. I am working / planning on
getting games and engines running on Unices. I am also a little active in the
Wine project and on AppDB.

I have been dealing with many different flavours of Unices for several years
now. My preference goes to KISS / fundamental Unices, such as Gentoo, FreeBSD,
or, surprisingly, Arch :D I love the robustness and the scientific approach of
these distributions and their philosophy. (I have deep respect for the dreadful
<http://cat-v.org>. :p)

I am fond of programming languages created with a technically simple and elegant
design in mind. I am thinking of C, Lua and the younger Go. I've contributed to
numerous open-source projects (dwb, Emacs, Mutt, ranger...), since I strongly
endorse the opinion that upstream should be fixed first ;) I have created and
maintained a few programs. One of them is demlo[1], a (very) dynamic and
extensible music organizer. (Currently broken with Lua 5.3 because of an
unported dependency... Will fix soon!)

I also used to be a TeX and LaTeX guru and I contributed to a major part of the
LaTeX Wikibook[2]. (Beside new content, I helped for a massive re-organization,
structure and progression clarification, duplicates removal and pointer use.)

Regarding Arch, I have maintained a few dozen AUR packages[3] in the last few
years. (Some of which I have disowned out of a lack of interest.) Other
contributions include numerous Wiki edits[4] (Cups, Emacs, Mutt, wifi), a few
bug reports (everybody knows Arch has no bugs :p), some forum strolling and some
documentation / patches around makepkg & co[5][6].

I have recently been working with Alexander on overhauling the Go package[7]:
correct dependencies, strip binaries, update cleanup, set up cross-compilation
tool-chain properly and remove unneeded binaries. This gave me even more
motivation than before to become a TU. I have subsequently asked Alexander to
endorse my TU application.

My focus is on Go packages, other CLI applications, Lua libraries and video
games. I might consider packaging Go programs such as gur, camlistore, gotsync,
oh, fnd, tabby, to name a few. The `go` compiler enforces static building
(rationale: [8]), which often results in packages with no dependencies at all.
(The `go` package itself has none!) This makes packaging even more relevant, as
the requirements for building the package are much higher than for installing
the result.

AUR packages that I would like to maintain in community include clyrics,
docx2txt, tespeed, textadept, uncrustify, translate, trash-cli.

Thank you and happy voting!


Pierre Neidhardt


[1]: https://ambrevar.bitbucket.org/demlo/
[2]: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/User:Ambrevar
[3]: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?SeB=m&K=Ambrevar
[4]: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/User:Ambrevar
[5]: https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2014-February/018807.html
[6]: https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2014-March/018851.html
[7]: https://projects.archlinux.org/svntogit/community.git/commit/trunk?h=packages/go&id=005cb503bf18d040e2ac756bffee5123c826d92b
[8]: http://port70.net/~nsz/32_dynlink.html
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