Happy 20th birthday FreeBSD ports tree!

August 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It all started with this commit from Jordan Hubbard on August 21, 1994:

Commit my new ports make macros
Still not 100% complete yet by any means but fairly usable at this stage.

Twenty years later the ports tree is still there and actively
maintained. A video was prepared to celebrate the event and to thank
all of you who give some of their spare time and energy to the project!

Farewell beloved Canadian

August 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Last month, our beloved Canadian Thomas Abthorpe decided to step
down from his portmgr-secretary position. While I suspect this is secretly
related to his pool of Canadian jokes having dried up, the official reason is
that Thomas wants to focus more on his private and professional lives for the
moment. Needless to say, the whole ports community is in mourning.

Monthly dashboard

July 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Thursday morning, 5 AM, I couldn’t sleep. I thought I could use the time before
work to do something useful, so I started handling a few PRs for FreeBSD. After
a couple of commits, a warm shower, and just before heading to work, I quickly
browsed through my irc backlog and suddently got very sad: someone was angrily
asking why bug reports were being ignored for such a long time, pushing for his
own PR to finally be given some consideration.

Thinking about it in the bus to work I realized that this guy was right to
complain: when a bug is reported it should ideally be fixed right away. Still I
was feeling sad because being on the other side of the fence I know how much
dedication volunteers put into FreeBSD, but I was not sure everybody was aware
of this. I had to find something to express this dedication.

That’s how the idea of the monthly dashboard came: simple figures that can tell
a whole story. See for yourself with this dashboard that can be found in portmgr
monthly report for June 2014:


Monthly dashboard

Number of messages to portmgr@: 564 (+53%)
Number of commits on ports: 3,717 (+17%)
Number of ports PRs closed: 873 (+25%)
Active ports committers: 147 (+10%)


 

Isn’t it amazing? Nearly 4,000 updates on the ports tree and nearly 900 problem
reports closed in a single month!

That’s a tremendous amount of work done by our committers. Take Linux for
example: with more than twice as much contributors during the same period four
times less commits were applied to the Linux kernel than to the FreeBSD ports
tree [1].

Those figures pay tribute to our committers, and I am pleased to see that the
activity keeps growing. I personnally believe there has never been a better time
to start contributing to the FreeBSD ports tree with all those new features
currently being introduced. So come and join the party!


[1] Statistics taken from http://www.ohloh.net/p/linux:
962 commits done by 344 contributors (activity recorded from Jun 9 2014 to Jul 9 2014)

Getting to know your portmgr-lurker: William Grzybowski

July 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

From July to the end of October two new lurkers will have the opportunity to get insights into FreeBSD portmgr internals, namely William Grzybowski and Nicola Vitale. William was the first to answer our interview so let’s get to know him a bit better.

 

Name

William Grzybowski

Committer name

wg

Inspiration for your IRC nick

my name initials

 TLD of origin

.br

 Current TLD (if different from above)

Occupation

Software engineer

 Blog

None

Inspiration for using FreeBSD

Stability and simplicity

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

I don’t recall, too long ago!

Who was your mentor(s)

culot, jpaetzel

What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

Breaking INDEX, but hey, who ever didn’t? ;)

vi(m) /  emacs / other

vim

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

The passion of everyone in the zoo about it. You can very easily see a
guy angry by someone’s else commit like stealing candy from his son :)

Favorite musician/band

AC/DC

What book do you have on your bedside table

book? what is that? :)

coffee / tea / other

coffee, beer (but real beer, no corn!)

How would you describe yourself

Calm and mind-centered

sendmail / postfix / other

postfix

Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD

Play soccer, gym

What is your favorite TV show

Fringe

Claim to Fame

I was mentored by culot and I survived! Just kidding, I have none, I am a joke!

What did you have for breakfast today

An orange and a slice of yogurt cake

What sports team do you support

Gremio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, brazillian soccer team

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD

I do work mostly in python ports and help closing PRs.

Getting to know your portmgr@ – Steve Wills

June 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It is my pleasure to introduce Steve Wills, the newest member of the portmgr team. Steve has done a tremendous work on the ports tree, especially in the field of testing and quality. Here is a short interview to get to know him better.

Name
Steve Wills

Committer name
swills

Inspiration for your IRC nick
Boring, it’s my userid.

TLD of origin
.us

Current TLD (if different from above)
Same.

Occupation
Sysadmin.

When did you join portmgr@
2014

Blog
Used to have one, use twitter more now (@swills)

Inspiration for using FreeBSD
Simplicty and learning.

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD
Can’t recall, it was ages ago.

Who was your mentor(s)
pgollucci

What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD
Trying to migrate Ruby default version from 1.8 to 1.9 and having to roll back.

Boxers / Briefs / other
Heh, question assume survey taker is male, which I am, but I think we need to
work on diversity (but not in that “hey, let’s work on diversity and get some
women” way, but more in that we make something everyone wants to use)

What is your role in your circle of friends
The FreeBSD user. ;)

vi(m) / emacs / other
vi(m)

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD
New users, new committers.

Favourite musician/band
I listen to a decent variety of stuff, but I suppose the thing I come back to
most is NIN.

What book do you have on your bedside table
I have an iPad by my bed, which I bought to read, but mostly I browse news on
it.

coffee / tea / other
Don’t drink caffeine, so don’t drink coffee much. I do drink good beer tho.

Do you have a guilty pleasure
Good dark chocolate. :)

How would you describe yourself
Mostly standard in many ways, husband, father, FreeBSD hacker, sysadmin, in
that order.

sendmail / postfix / other
Sendmail, tho dma is nice too.

Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD
Used to play guitar, still have one, don’t find time to pick it up much any
more.

What is your favourite TV show
Futurama

Claim to Fame
Ported Acidwarp from DOS to svgalib.

What did you have for breakfast today
Everything bagel with plain cream chese.

What sports team do you support
The only sport I watch is University of North Carolina Basketball.

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD
ruby ports, perl ports sometimes

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know
I was an employee at Red Hat way way back

Any parting words you want to share
Not really.

What is your .sig at the moment
Null.

Steve