[aur-general] TU Application: Baptiste Jonglez

Baptiste Jonglez baptiste at bitsofnetworks.org
Mon Nov 28 06:33:16 UTC 2016


I would like to apply to become a TU.  Lukas Fleischer has kindly accepted
to sponsor my application.

I am currently a PhD student in France, doing research on networking.  I
am also involved in several projects, in particular DIY ISPs [1], the FDN
Federation in France [2], OpenWRT/LEDE [3], etc.  The common motivation is
to work towards a more open and decentralised Internet.

I have been using Arch Linux on my personal laptops since around 2010.
I think I have never had to reinstall Arch Linux on my main laptop since
then!  In the past, I was also running Arch Linux on my servers, but I
since switched to Debian for all my servers.

By the way, I am not very active on the mailing lists, but I read most
threads on aur-general and arch-dev-public.

In the AUR, I maintain 33 packages [4], of which the most noteworthy are:

- ring: a secure and distributed voice/video/chat communication software
  (Ring is the successor of SFLphone, basically using a DHT to find
  contacts instead of relying on SIP servers, and tons of other

- coq: a formal proof assistant written in Ocaml

- linux-mptcp: the linux kernel with support for Multipath TCP, from
  Université Catholique de Louvain

The other packages I maintain are either dependencies of the above, or
small software tools that I packaged when I needed them.  I regularly use
about 2/3 of these packages, but I still try to maintain the other ones.

I mostly want to become a TU to push ring, coq and linux-mptcp to the
[community] binary repository.  These packages all take a fairly long time
to build, and additionally the Ring packages are a dependency nightmare.
It is often necessary for users to rebuild all dependencies simultaneously
because of API/ABI changes, and this is impractical and time-consuming
when using the AUR, especially given the number of dependencies.

Regarding linux-mptcp, it is not popular enough at the moment, and there
are few kernel packages in binary repositories.  I would wait for the
package to obtain 10 votes (and confirmation that another kernel package
is indeed welcome in the repositories) before pushing it to [community].

As a final note, I am already using the devtools to test-build my AUR
packages in clean chroots on a server.  This provides some form of
"continuous integration" of my AUR packages, although it is not completely
satisfying right now.

Don't hesitate if you have any questions, or comments on my AUR packages!


[1] https://diyisp.org/dokuwiki/doku.php
[2] https://www.ffdn.org/en
[3] https://lede-project.org/
[4] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?O=0&SeB=m&K=zorun&SB=v&SO=d
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