[aur-general] TU Application: Bruno Pagani

Bruno Pagani bruno.n.pagani at gmail.com
Sat Jan 7 14:32:42 UTC 2017

Hi everyone,

My name is Bruno Pagani (a.k.a. ArchangeGabriel, or just archange
sometimes), long time Linux user and Arch user since January 2014. I
have since fallen in love with pacman/PKGBUILDs, the community and the
distribution in its whole more generally. I took maintainership of my
first AUR package quite rapidly, and then gradually of more of them. I
was recently thinking of becoming a TU in order to bring some of those
packages to [community]; Bartłomiej Piotrowski encouraged me to do so
and kindly accepted to sponsor my application.

Regarding my implication in Arch, even if I’m not participating much in
MLs, I’ve been them reading a lot and always try to follow best
practices like using devtools to build (including in painful cases like
very long AUR dependencies chain — thanks zorun for becoming a TU and
bringing ring in [community] soon!). I’m also going to setup a Matrix[0]
with IRC bridges on my server to participate in IRC (whether I’m
accepted as a TU or not), something I’ve postponed for too long.

Among the packages I maintain in AUR[1], most of them are
-light/-minimal (meaning less dependencies/features) versions of repo’s
one and thus not suitable for leaving AUR, but there are a few
noteworthy others that I want to bring to [community]:

– beignet[2]: Intel OSS OpenCL implementation for their iGPU, currently
only supporting OpenCL 1.2 but work for OpenCL 2.0 is ongoing.

– bs1770gain[3]: Loudness scanner/replaygain calculator, and — to my
opinion at least — a good alternative as a beets[4] optdep for those who
want to avoid pulling gst-* and their dependencies for this sole purpose.

− ring-kde[5]: The KDE client for Ring. Leftover by Baptiste Jonglez
(zorun) since he does not use it. Being a KDE user, I’m using this one
rather than it’s Gnome counterpart.

− thermald[6]: Thermal Daemon for Intel processors, doing thermal
management using advanced processor states.

– whipper[7]: secure CD ripper, successor of the defunct morituri. It
has been very recently pushed to AUR by Freso, but he is OK with me
maintaining it in [community] (and in fact would also like to become a
TU at some point and help co-maintaining whipper). This would also
require moving accuraterip-checksum[8] for which I am not the current
maintainer either, but Shardz (the current one) agreed to transfer it to
any TU wanting to maintain whipper.

Outside of those, they are other packages I might want to maintain in
the future but I felt those above would make a good start. I might just
add uchardet[9], because it’s now needed for mpv[10], and I’m OK to
maintain it if Christian Hesse (eworm) doesn’t want to. Just in case
this could be of some interest for any of you, other packages
interesting me in AUR are either KDE thumbnailers, ColorHug related
software and HDF5/NetCDF stuff (+mpich). Which leads me to currently
orphaned packages in [community] I can maintain:

– python{,2}-mpi4py[11]: Not currently out-of-date, but since I rely on
those packages for my work I would definitively take care of them if needed.

And that brings me to add some more words about me: I’m a 24 years old
french PhD student in astrophysics, doing mostly numerical simulations
of supernovæ explosions on supercomputers (hence the interest in
HDF5/NetCDF/MPI stuff). When it comes to Linux, it has been the first OS
present at home, in the form of Mandrake in 1999 (the sysadmin was my
father at this point in time). I’ve then handled the switch to
Mandrake’s successor Mandriva myself, and later on moved to Ubuntu when
I got my first personal computer. Then my second one was in the very
first generation of Optimus[12] laptops, and in order to make use of my
GPU this made me join The Bumblebee Project[13] (as “project manager”
one could say, and yes we definitively need to update this thing). At
this point I gained a lot of knowledge in Linux environments, and a lot
of factors (including people here that might recognize themselves)
pushed me to try ArchLinux, which I did… and I loved it. Today, my
server is proudly running Arch Linux, my home media server too
(Cubieboard, so that’s Arch Linux ARM), and I’ve recently converted my
girlfriend and younger brothers to Arch. So thanks to all of you for
your hard work in this distro!

Finally, concerning my involvement in FLOSS projects outside of Arch and
the aforementioned Bumblebee, I’m mostly opening bugs for ideas/feature
requests (or actual bugs sometimes) in various BugZillas and the likes
as well as around GitHub since I don’t know how to code in any useful
language outside of Python (I use Fortran at work and have no time to
learn other ones currently even if I would like to, like C and perhaps
Rust too), but I love music and recently discovered beets[14], and will
try to contribute code to this Python project soon.

Do not hesitate if you have any questions on anything or any comments
regarding my AUR packages. ;)

Thanks for reading and considering my application,


[0] https://matrix.org/
[1] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?K=ArchangeGabriel&SeB=m
[2] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/beignet
[3] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/bs1770gain
[4] https://www.archlinux.org/packages/community/any/beets
[5] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/ring-kde
[6] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/thermald
[7] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/whipper
[8] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/accuraterip-checksum
[9] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/uchardet
[10] https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/52269
[11] https://www.archlinux.org/packages/community/x86_64/python-mpi4py
[12] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NVIDIA_Optimus
[13] http://bumblebee-project.org
[14] http://beets.io

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