[aur-general] TU application -- Santiago Torres-Arias

Christian Rebischke Chris.Rebischke at archlinux.org
Mon Aug 6 20:20:29 UTC 2018

On Sun, Jul 22, 2018 at 03:35:52PM -0400, Santiago Torres-Arias wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> Formalities first, Christian Rebischke (Shibumi) is sponsoring my application,
> although I'd like to thank so many people for their feedback, help, guidance
> and counsel in all-things-Arch*.
> My name is Santiago Torres-Arias[1], and I'm a Mexican PhD candidate
> from New York University. My research focuses on securing the dev-ops
> pipeline/supply chain, which includes work on package manager security,
> version control system security, securing container orchestrators,
> reproducible builds, so on and so forth. It is not a coincidence that
> all of these relate strongly with Linux; I believe the Linux environment
> pretty much shaped my professional career since I was in High School.
> I've been a GNU/Linux user for more than I can remember, although I started
> using it exclusively circa 2011. I started using Debian, Mint and Ubuntu
> interchangeably for a couple of years and, as time passed, I started to develop
> personal scripts and unscrew my deterministically-broken distro (I still
> remember my hook to fix the fglrx install every time X was updated). This
> experience threw me to the other side, and for a while I thought I could
> maintain my own LFS-based distribution with scripts of this sort, which led me
> to learn a lot about what *not* to do when managing packages. However, It was
> when I finally decided to give Arch a serious try (around 2014) that I found
> myself enamored with not only the toolchains, but the community and the
> philosophy behind the distribution --- I'm now a strong supporter of the
> Arch Way(tm) thanks to all the leasons learned through the winding roads
> of linux-system-administration.
> Although I've always been an assiduous user of the AUR, not only using but
> writing my own PKGBUILDs, It was only until recently (about 8 months now), that
> I've been working towards becoming more familiar with the package ecosystem
> with the end goal of becoming a TU. I've received feedback from many members on
> the community on how to fix, extend and follow best practices on writing
> PKGBUILDS which I believe has improved their quality[2].
> Besides maintaining packages I've been contributing to other aspects of
> the Arch Linux ecosystem for about three years now. I've participated in
> the security team almost since its inception, by providing code to the
> tracker, tracking CVE's and sending advisories. Likewise, I've been a
> tester for more than a year. I've also participated (although not as
> much as I've wanted) on the archlinux-reproducible efforts. Finally,
> I've worked along with shibumi and Pierre in making an automated build
> of an official Archlinux Docker image. Beyond Arch Linux, I'm a
> committer to projects like reproducible-builds.org[3], Briar[4],
> neomutt[5], and The Update Framework (TUF)[6], among others[7].
> There are two main reasons for this application to become a TU. First, I want to
> contribute *more* to a community that has given me so much, and I'm certain
> that helping packaging tools for everyone in the community repository will only
> improve the overall user experience. Second, and most importantly, I want to
> expand the offer of packages in the official repositories.
> Concretely, I want to maintain the following packages:
>     - Orphaned packages (I'm a regular user of these):
>         - giblib (currently on extra)
>         - python-pylint (currently on extra)
>         - uthash
>         - znc
>         - cvf
>         - netctl (?! currently on core, so I suspect I can't maintain this one)
>         - python-opencl/pyopencl-headers
>     - I'd love to co-maintain some packages that have a packager right now**:
>         - radare-cutter
>         - hub
>         - rtl-sdr
>         - maven
>     - I intend to move the following packages from the AUR:
>         - reprotest
>         - git-latexdiff
>         - python-rstr
>         - python2-grip
>         - inxi
>         - plex-fonts
> Needless to say, I'm open to discussion on this list. I can extend it with any
> suggested packages, or discard any packages that aren't deemed popular enough.
> On a less technical, serious note, I love playing guitar! I have a band
> and we play progressive, shoegaze, and math-rock. I also like cycling,
> and reading on pretty much anything. I'm a Rust fanboy and I'm
> re-learning Verilog, as I'm hoping to play around with the RISC-V ISA
> and emulate TPM's and other trusted hardware designs.
> Thanks,
> -Santiago (Sangy) Torres-Arias
> [1] https://badhomb.re
> [2] https://aur.archlinux.org/account/sangy
> [3] https://reproducible-builds.org
> [4] https://neomutt.org/feature/new-mail#7-%C2%A0credits
> [5] https://briarproject.org
> [6] https://theupdateframework.com
> [7] https://github.com/santiagotorres
> * Thanks to eschwartz, shibumi, anthraax, jelle, rgacogne, Foxboron, pid1,
>   Tigrmesh, meskarune et al.!
> ** This is the first time I make this public, so there's no commitment from
>    the current packager at all

The results are in...

Yes: 29
No: 3
Abstain: 8
Total: 40
Particiaption: 83.33%

Congratulations Santiago, you've got accepted as Trusted User. Welcome
on board.

Chris / shibumi
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