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.
Inspiration for your IRC nick
Boring, it’s my userid.
TLD of origin
Current TLD (if different from above)
When did you join portmgr@
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)
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
What keeps you motivated in FreeBSD
New users, new committers.
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
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
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
What is your favourite TV show
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
What is your .sig at the moment
Just to make it official, the ports slush is over.
Ports committers are now able to perform regular updates, business as usual, no need for portmgr@ approvals.
You can read more atÂ http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-ports-announce/2013-April/000058.html
Pav Lucistnik, aka pav@, recently stepped down from his roll on the FreeBSDÂ Ports Management team.
Pav started on portmgr back in November 2006, he was the one responsibleÂ for many of the -exp runs over the years. His most dubious claim to fameÂ was talking over theÂ responsibilityÂ of krismails. We all looked forwward toÂ our pavmails, right?
On behalf of the Ports Management team, we want to thank Pav for his yearsÂ of Â service, he will be missed.
on behalf of portmgr@
During the month of May, we were fortunate enough to see the return of two old committers. Â Marc Fournier, aka scrappy@, well known for http://www.bsdstats.org, and Ade Lovett, aka ade@, aka Mr. Autotools.
Please feel free to drop them a note to say welcome back