[aur-general] TU application: Jonas Witschel (diabonas)

Eli Schwartz eschwartz at archlinux.org
Thu Sep 5 15:32:35 UTC 2019

On 9/5/19 11:23 AM, Jonas Witschel wrote:
> Hi all,
> my name is Jonas Witschel (online nick "diabonas" on the
> AUR/GitHub/GitLab/...) and I am applying as an Arch Linux Trusted User
> under the sponsorship of Bruno Pagani and Alad Wenter.
> A few words about myself: I am a math PhD student and long-time Linux
> user. I switched to Arch Linux around 2016 because I like the idea of a
> rolling release distribution that stays close to upstream, which is
> especially beneficial when doing software development. I got more
> actively involved in contributing to Arch when the previous AUR
> maintainer of the tpm2-software stack (tpm2-tss, tpm2-abrmd and
> tpm2-tools) orphaned these packages, so I took over maintenance until
> they were adopted to [community].
> I am interested in many security-related thing such as Secure Boot,
> Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs), disk encryption, PGP, ... As such, I am
> a member of the tpm2-software organisation and a maintainer of tpm2-totp
> [1]. Recently I have been working on getting Web Key Directory support
> into pacman for fetching PGP keys independently of the key server
> network [2,3]. A repository of all my AUR packages can be found on
> Gitlab [4].

I notice you use my aurpublish routine, so this automatically gets a +1
from me. :D

Also, your attempts to get WKD into pacman are awesome. I love to see
prospective TUs who take an interest in improving the packaging
toolchain! <3

> If I were accepted as a trusted user, I would take over maintenance of
> the tpm2-software stack from my sponsor Bruno Pagani. This makes sense
> since I am an upstream member of tpm2-software anyway and had been
> maintaining these packages until they were adopted to [community].
> Another long-time goal as a trusted user would be getting out of the box
> Secure Boot support for the Arch Linux installation images [5,6].
> Packages I would like to adopt from the AUR to [community] for starters are:
> - The rest of the tpm2-software stack: tpm2-tss-engine and tpm2-totp
> (when they have reached the 1% usage from pkgstats/10 votes on the AUR
> threshold), tpm2-pkcs11-git (as soon as it gets a release).
> - clevis and tang (and their dependencies jose, luksmeta)
> - sbupdate-git (I need to speak to upstream about making a release first)
> - paperkey
> - cryptomator
> - deheader
> - texworks
> - pdftk-java (an exact Java reimplementation of the very popular
> pdftk/pdftk-bin, which is hard to package since it relies on an outdated
> version of GCC)
> I am looking forward to working with you and welcome any questions and
> comments!
> Cheers,
> Jonas
> [1] https://github.com/tpm2-software/tpm2-totp
> [2] https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/63171
> [3] https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/pacman-dev/2019-July/023493.html
> [4] https://gitlab.com/diabonas/aur-packages
> [5] https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/53864
> [6]
> https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-releng/2019-January/003891.html

Eli Schwartz
Bug Wrangler and Trusted User

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