Getting to know your portmgr@ — Bryan Drewery

December 24, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

In this interview, we talk to the newest member of the team, Bryan Drewery.  Bryan first came to the attention of many by adopting portupgrade and friends, and then jumping into pkgng and poudriere.

Name

Bryan Drewery

Committer name

bdrewery

TLD of origin

.net

<Editor’s note: while Bryan claims to be a netizen, it is believed he is originally from .us :)>

Occupation

Software Engineer

When did you join portmgr@

March 2013. Joined FreeBSD as a committer in August 2012. As a contributor
in March 2012.

Blog

http://blog.shatow.net is my blog. I have not made much effort on it yet but
have a lot of ideas and content to add eventually.

Inspiration for using FreeBSD

It took a long time for me to discover FreeBSD. I wish I had 10 years
sooner. My first experience with a computer was with MS-DOS 5. Then I worked
up through Windows 3.1, 95, 98, XP. Somewhere around here I discovered Redhat
5 and shortly after Debian and Gentoo. In high school I took an AP CS class
that used FreeBSD 4, which was my first introduction to it. My first
introduction to ports was in the same class where not having root and wanting
to install an application I went into /usr/ports/irc/BitchX and tried to ‘make
install’ and failed of course. I still wish this worked. Shortly after that I
started doing work for a Shell Hosting company that used FreeBSD 4.10. At this
time I was still much more fond of Linux though. When I met my Wife, she was
also doing Shell Hosting with FreeBSD. That’s when I started doing actual
development on it and customizing the system. I found that with FreeBSD I
could customize the system far more than I could with any Linux distribution.
This is what sold me the most and led me away from Linux. Though I do still
use Linux for Xen dom0 and some development.

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

Probably garga@ qmail patches I sent in years ago. Once I discovered pkgng
though it was bapt@. That’s what led me to becoming a committer. I actually
knew zi@ outside of FreeBSD too from when I was an EFNet oper.

Who was your mentor(s)

Baptiste Daroussin (bapt@) and Eitan Adler (eitan@)

What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

Wiping systems of course. One of which was someone else’s system who ran my
bad code!

vi(m) / emacs / other

I was a longtime (6 years) pico/nano poweruser (haha) until I discovered vim
in my first real job.

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

I just like to write code. It’s hard for me to let go of things I put a lot
of effort into! I got into this with the intent to help get packaging working
for my own servers and to takeover ports that were abandoned that I felt were
critical for my servers.

Favorite musician/band

There’s so many. Lately I’ve been listening to metalcore and post-hardcore
bands. http://www.last.fm/user/bdrewery has all of the music I listen to.

What book do you have on your bedside table

Design and Implementation of FreeBSD, Kindle, C++ Standard Template Library
(C++11).

coffee / tea / other

I used to drink insane amounts of diet Mt. Dew. Not anymore though, no
caffeine for me.

Do you have a guilty pleasure

I get into games every now and then. Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii. I love Windows
7. I’ve been a Mac user for a few months now as well.

sendmail / postfix / other

qmail. My mail server is something that I setup years ago, hacked at quite a
bit with custom patches and never want to redo again.

What is your favorite TV show

Breaking Bad, Lost, The Wire, Dr. Who, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter.

What sports team do you support

I’m not really into rooting on sports teams. I enjoy playing much more than
watching.

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD

I maintain upstream for portupgrade and poudriere, help with pkgng, qmail,
openssh-portable. I also am starting to work more in the src world. I maintain
portmaster but have not put much real effort into it. For portmgr I help test
Mk/ patches, I do exp-runs, help manage the package building systems, and fix
Mk/ bugs as I run across them.

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know

I was involved with the eggdrop IRC bot project and have been maintaining a
pretty popular fork of my own for the past 10 years.

Any parting words you want to share

Getting involved with Open Source is really easy. We’re all volunteers like
you. Just start helping. Send patches, bug reports, code, documentation,
translations, typo fixes. Everything helps.

What is your .sig at the moment

Regards,
Bryan Drewery

The FreeBSD Ports Mangement team has a Google Community

December 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

I am pleased to announce that portmgr@ now has a Google Community. We have
very slowly been building up membership through our Circles, and now it
it time to announce it to all!

You can find us at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108335846196454338383

Come join our Community and G+1 us :)

Getting to know your portmgr@ — Baptiste Daroussin

December 9, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

In this week’s interview, we talk to Baptiste Daroussin, who brought us such things as poudriere, pkgng, etc.

Name

Baptiste Daroussin

Committer name

bapt

Inspiration for your IRC nick

Baptiste is too long to type

TLD of origin

.fr

Occupation

Unix system engineer in general

When did you join portmgr@

May 2011

<Editor’s note: here is the video of bapt getting recruited, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZk__K8rqOg >

Blog

http://blog.etoilebsd.net

Inspiration for using FreeBSD

I started using FreeBSD as a student in 2001/2002 and never left it since

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

According to ports/86401 barner@ was

Who was your mentor(s)

In the ports land: jadawin@ and tabthorpe@
In the src land: des@

What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

There are too much of them to be able just pick one like this.

Boxers / Briefs / other

Boxers

What is your role in your circle of friends

Depend on the circle

vi(m) / emacs / other

vim

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

FreeBSD is a fantastic Operatic System with a crappy package system
The ports needs lots of cleanup and modernization,
The package system still need lots of love.

Favourite musician/band

I like lots of different kind of music, if I have to choose just one band I
would say Metallica from before they mess up (I let fan decide themself when
they started to mess up)

What book do you have on your bedside table

The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills

coffee / tea / other

coffee

Favourite whisky

Old Pultney

Do you have a guilty pleasure

Add french words to the FreeBSD user vocabulary

How would you describe yourself

Hey

sendmail / postfix / other

OpenSMTPD

Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD

I do play rugby on a regular basis, I love reading books (real books not
e-something), party with friends etc.

What is your favourite TV show

I do not watch much television

Claim to Fame

pkgng, poudrière, USES, new options framework for the ports tree, staging area
support for the ports tree, more to come :)

What did you have for breakfast today

Chocapics :)

What sports team do you support

I love practicing but I not particularly supporting any team.

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD

I’m trying to lean pf code and see how complicated it is to sync features from
OpenBSD’s version (I said trying :))

I maintain some contrib code in base: mostly m4 and byacc

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know

I keep refraining myself from forking the ports tree into a portsng thing :)
(not sure most people don’t know that)

Any parting words you want to share

Any volunteer to document my work?

What is your .sig at the moment

regards,
Bapt

Getting to know your portmgr@ — Thomas Abthorpe

December 2, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

As port of the ongoing series on getting to know your portmgr@, I interview the portmgr-secretary@, Thomas Abthorpe.  (Yes it is awkward talking about myself in third person)

Name

Thomas Abthorpe

Committer name

tabthorpe

Inspiration for your IRC nick

Uninterestingly, just my uid that I have had in near continuous use since 1989

TLD of origin

CA

Occupation

Regional Technical Support Specialist with the Canadian Grain Commission

When did you join portmgr@

Joined as -secretary in March 2010
Upgraded to full member in March 2011

Blog

http://www.abthorpe.org

Inspiration for using FreeBSD

I wanted to run a webserver, and I wanted something free. I was going
to use something linux, then met up with a former prof from university,
and shared my story with him. He told me FreeBSD was the way to go.

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

clsung, miwi, rafan

Who was your mentor(s)

clsung/miwi

What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

I reset a bunch of ports that were name@??.FreeBSD.org, because my
script was only checking for @FreeBSD.org. I was called on it
privately, to which I immediately reverted my commit.

Boxers / Briefs / other

Boxers

What is your role in your circle of friends

Oddly enough, social convener

vi(m) / emacs / other

vim

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

I just love that I (and anybody for that matter) can contribute the most
trivial of things, and watch it go live.

Favourite musician/band

Favourite of all time is The Beatles. On the home front, I am huge fan
of the Canadian band Barenaked Ladies. I was so fortunate to even meet
them back stage at a concert in 1997.

What book do you have on your bedside table

The Beardmore Relics. It is a fictionalised story of hoax about
viking relics that were discovered near Beardmore, ON, a little
community I lived in back in the late 70s.

 coffee / tea / other

Coffee, intravenous if possible!

Favourite whisky

Springbank

Do you have a guilty pleasure

Sitting around in comfortable lounge wear, watching Sci-Fi on TV

How would you describe yourself

N-Space, multidimensional nerd.

sendmail / postfix / other

sendmail for internal use, postfix for anything exposed to the Internet

Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD

I am a senior apprentice bicycle mechanic with a grass roots movement
called Bicycles for Humanity

What is your favourite TV show

Big Bang Theory. Physics was my other interest I followed in
university. The interaction among the friends, is uncannily similar as
that among my friends. Fortunately we have no Sheldon. And Barenaked
Ladies do the theme song :)

Love almost anything Sci-Fi, particularly the old Stargate franchise(s), Dr. Who
Sanctuary, etc, etc, etc.

Claim to Fame

Don’t really think I have one

What did you have for breakfast today

Coffee and a bagel.  I have that almost everyday, so when I say to people,
“You expect me to remember BLAH? I don’t remember what I had for
breakfast yesterday?” there is an implied irony.

What sports team do you support

Pro hockey – The one and only Montreal Canadiens
Pro lacrosse – The Toronto Rock
University hockey – Lakehead University Thunderwloves

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD

core@, donations@, formerly kde@

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know

I used to play the bagpipes. Was “fair” at it. My band was invited to
play at the “Toys on Parage” in Santa Ana CA back in 1987. Astronaut
Neil Armstrong was the parade marshall, and I can claim that I was at a
black tie reception with him. I was performing with the band, and I wasn’t
allowed to get near him, but I can at least say I “partied” with him.

Any parting words you want to share

Always remember the Golden Rule, “Do unto others, before others do unto you”,
or something like that :)

What is your .sig at the moment

Thomas Abthorpe | FreeBSD Committer
[email protected] | http://people.freebsd.org/~tabthorpe

Getting to know your portmgr@ — Martin Wilke

November 25, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

In this interview, we talk to Martin Wilke, aka miwi, the high quality automated PR and commit bot.

Name

Martin Wilke

Committer name

miwi

Inspiration for your IRC nick

MartIn WIlke

TLD of origin

Ger

Current TLD (if different from above)

My

Occupation

System Administrator

When did you join portmgr@

Jun 4 08:35:57 UTC 2009 (actually a few hours earlier because we did
know that already)

Blog

http://miwi.cc (I did not write anything in ages ^^)

Inspiration for using FreeBSD

Can I use a shout cart?
http://miwi.cc/2012/03/why-freebsd-my-personal-view/ that should explain it
quite well I think.

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

To be honest, I think many because I spam GNATS quiet heavily :)

Who was your mentor(s)

Krion (wave)

What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

If you want to know, see my commit history, you will find a lot :(

Boxers / Briefs / other

Boxers

vi(m) / emacs / other

vi(m)/mcedit :)

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

Still the community

Favourite musician/band

Gerneral I still like and listen a lot to of German Hip Hop (I still feel
very young!)

What book do you have on your bedside table.

Book? Can I eat that?

coffee / tea / other

black coffee

Do you have a guilty pleasure

Hm..

How would you describe yourself

Shy :)

sendmail / postfix / other

postfix

Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD

When you have kids there is not much time left for hobbies :)

What is your favourite TV show

Stargate*, House

Claim to Fame

miwibot and friends ..

What did you have for breakfast today

Rotti Chanai, Ice Milo

What sports team do you support

I keep on following F1 and hope a other German Driver will win ..

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD

Trying to clean up bapts stuff *gg* (joking), lately I helped a lot
on the cluster setup / package packaging.

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know

I canâ~@~Yt else you will know :)

<Editor note: this is a copy and paste, something may have been lost in translation>

Any parting words you want to share.

Have a nice day!

What is your .sig at the moment

Mess with the best, die like the rest :).

Getting to know your portmgr@ — Erwin Lansing

November 18, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

In this interview we talk to one of the Annoying Reminder Guys, Erwin Lansing, after Joe Marcus Clarke, the second longest serving member of portmgr@

Name

Erwin Lansing

Committer name

erwin (not edwin)

Inspiration for your IRC nick

My research, back in the day, as a post graduate on fruit flies
(Drosophila melanogaster)

ccTLD of origin

.nl

Current ccTLD (if different from above)

.dk

Occupation

See above :-)
Network and system administrator at DK Hostmaster A/S, maintaining the
.dk ccTLD.

When did you join portmgr@

2004 as portmgr secretary, 2005 as a voting member

Blog

http://droso.dk/

Inspiration for using FreeBSD

Quite the usual story, going from Slackware to RedHat to Debian to
Gentoo to FreeBSD after starting at a web hosting startup, and never
looked back.

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

The one and only web server running the startup I joined after giving up
on academic life.

Who was your mentor(s)

edwin (not erwin)

What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

Copy/pasting diffs into email into GNATS with all the whitespace fun
that ensued. Many times!

Boxers / Briefs / other

boxers

What is your role in your circle of friends

Who needs friends when one has IRC?

vi(m) / emacs / other

nvi

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

It’s the best well-hidden success story in operating systems, by
now in the hands of more people than one can count and used by even more
people, and not one of them knows it! It’s not only the best
operating system currently around, but also the most supportive and
inspiring community.

Favourite musician/band

U2 (yeah, I’m that old)

<editor’s note: tabthorpe is older>

What book do you have on your bedside table

The rough guide to Portugal, though soon to be replaced after returning
from vacation

coffee / tea / other

coffee, strong and black

Do you have a guilty pleasure

see previous

How would you describe yourself

more coffee

sendmail / postfix / other

postfix

bind / nsd / knot

all of the above

Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD

There’s life outside FreeBSD?

What is your favourite TV show

Currently replaying Lost, looking forward to the next season of Top Gear

Claim to Fame

Structuring internal procedures inside portmgr as secretary, keeping the
pointyhat cluster alive and building packages for way past its best
before date, and now maintaining Bind.

What did you have for breakfast today

Yogurt

What sports team do you support

The winning team

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD

Vice-president of the FreeBSD Foundation
Anything DNS

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know

Today’s word is: My turn!

Any parting words you want to share

Goodbye, cruel world

What is your .sig at the moment

None, unless it can’t be avoided

Getting to know your portmgr@ — Antoine Brodin

November 11, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

In this interview, we talk to another portmgr-lurker@, Antoine Brodin aka antoine@  He claims his superpower is laughing at tabthorpe’s jokes

<editor’s note: whatever that means>

Name

Antoine Brodin

Committer name

antoine

Inspiration for your IRC nick

You have to ask my parents :)

TLD of origin

FR

Occupation

IS Security Consultant. I mainly perform incident response and provide security expertise.

When did you join portmgr@

Not yet, I am just a lurker

Blog

None

Inspiration for using FreeBSD

I started using FreeBSD in 2002, when I got my own computer. It is the best operating system around.

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

pav@ handled my first ports PR in 2004

Who was your mentor(s)

rwatson@ was my src mentor in 2008, eadler@ and miwi@ were my ports mentors in 2013

What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

I don’t remember having one

Boxers / Briefs / other

Boxers

vi(m) / emacs / other

vi

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

There are improvements and new features implemented all the time. In the ports area for instance, there is STAGEDIR, pkgng, USES, QA stuff in just a few months

Favourite musician/band

My favorite artists are Admiral Tibett and Glen Washington

coffee / tea / other

Green tea

Do you have a guilty pleasure

Chocolate, fried chicken

sendmail / postfix / other

sendmail (because it is in base)

What is your favourite TV show

I don’t own a TV

What did you have for breakfast today

Hot chocolate, bread and mirabelle jam

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know

I like cutting down trees in Morvan forest

What is your .sig at the moment

Cheers,

Antoine

Getting to know your portmgr@ — Mathieu Arnold

November 4, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

In this interview, we take a short break from the usual, and interview a portmgr-lurker@, Mathieu Arnold.  He was one of the founding members of perl@ back in the day

Name

Mathieu Arnold

Committer name

mat

Inspiration for your IRC nick

Well, not very inspirational, but everybody’s been calling me mat since
high school, well, except my grandmother, maybe.

TLD of origin

.fr

Occupation

Sysadmin/Developper/Network Admin/Stuff doer.

When did you join portmgr@

Ah, can we put a time in the future ? :-)

<editor note, this is a stock question>

Inspiration for using FreeBSD

Around 2000/2001 I needed something to replace a Linux firewall, the
Paris team, roberto@, pb@, were advocating FreeBSD, so I went that way,
with ipf. We were so pleased with everything that, well, over the time
we switched over, we’ve been a FreeBSD shop for a bit more than 10
years.

Who was your first contact in FreeBSD

That must have been roberto@ or pb@, don’t know which one :-)

Who was your mentor(s)

demon was.

What was your most embarrassing moment in FreeBSD

I’m not sure there was one, maybe this year in August, when I added perl
5.18 and broke the ports tree in r324662 and fixed it in r324667.

Boxers / Briefs / other

Boxers.

What is your role in your circle of friends

Being the clown.

vi(m) / emacs / other

vim. What Else…
https://github.com/mat813/dotvim

What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD

Hum, I get bored easily, so, things changing and going forward.

Favourite musician/band

My favorite band of all time would be Dire Straits. More recently,
though, Moriarty, Of Monster and Men, Owl City, Passenger (Mike
Rosenberg), so, pop/folk/rock would be my treat.

What book do you have on your bedside table

Right now, I’m at about 3/4 of The Department of Mad Scientists, The
World Without Us, and about half of Cryptography Engineering. On my
daily commute in the subway, I read science fiction or fantasy. Iain
Banks, Terry Pratchett, Peter F. Hamilton, Neil Asher, Lois McMaster
Bujold, Charles Stross, David Weber, John Ringo…

coffee / tea / other

Tea. Mostly green tea, Long Jing, a bit of white  Bai Mu Dan, and in the
mornings, some Far Too Good For Ordinary People Darjeeling teas.

Do you have a guilty pleasure

Like to cook, and to eat. People following me on instagram think it
should be renamed instakilogram because of me.

How would you describe yourself

Quiet, thoughtful, kind, witty, oh, wait, this isn’t a dating site.

sendmail / postfix / other

sendmail when cron’s the only one sending stuff, postfix otherwise.

Do you have a hobby outside of FreeBSD

Photography and hiking. (Mostly at the same time.)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathieu-arnold/sets/72157620872036952/

What is your favourite TV show

Doctor Who. Then House, or The Big Bang Theory.

Claim to Fame

Ah, a long time ago, I translated linux HowTos, people are still quoting
me the white lies that I wrote in them, and I still try to correct
them…

What did you have for breakfast today

Earl gray, a toasted slice of whole bread, with a touch of butter and
melon jam with orange zests, and a yoghurt.

What sports team do you support

Ah, so, sport, the thing with the silly people encouraging other silly
people running around… None, really, maybe the French rugby team
during the rugby world cup or the rugby league world cup.

What else do you do in the world of FreeBSD

Beside being part of perl@ team, I try to advocate a bit…

What can you tell us about yourself that most people don’t know

Let me think about that, and get back to you :-)

Any parting words you want to share

I’m not feeling really like lecturing right now, so, no…

What is your .sig at the moment


Mathieu Arnold

portmgr-lurkers@ Pilot Project

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The FreeBSD Ports Management team is pleased to announce a pilot project
called portmgr-lurkers@.  Over the course of the next two years, volunteers
from our group of ports committers will participate in portmgr@ activites
by being added to our mailing list.

At four month intervals, two committers at a time will be brought in to
work on various projects and learn the inner workings of the team.

The first two -lurkers will start on November 1, 2013. They are Mathieu
Arnold (mat@) and Antoine Brodin (antoine@).

Official FreeBSD Binary Packages now available for pkgng

October 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We are pleased to announce that official binary packages are now
available for pkg, the next generation package management tool for FreeBSD.

Pkg allows you to either use ports with portmaster/portupgrade or to
have binary remote packages without ports.

We have binary packages available for i386 and amd64 on
8.3,8.4,9.1,9.2,10.0 and 11 (head).

More at http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-pkg/2013-October/000107.html

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