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#1 2006-08-27 22:22:44

krani1
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howto become a arch developer?

hi there guys

recently I switched from gentoo to arch on some of my machines.. so far I'm very happy with the change, but now I want to do more for arch

I'm very experienced with *all* unix things, including bash, C, perl, python, ruby and other technologies, so my question is:

where can I find info to eventualy become an Arch dev?

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#2 2006-08-27 22:55:52

Dusty
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

Become well known in the community by helping people. Answer questions. Make a presence on the mailing list. Join the Trusted Users to gain packaging experience and to show your skills. Submit packages to AUR. Join one of the offshoot projects that may be incorporated into Arch mainstream someday (ie: there's an installer thread around here, recently, there are live cd projects, etc. This is how Arch64 started) or start your own. Work on pacman, makepkg, initscripts, or other sourcecode and submit patches to the bug tracker. Traverse the bugtracker and fix existing bugs. Find and submit new bugs. Fix the wiki, add new pages, clean up existing pages, make sure the procedures are up-to-date. Submit translations.

Usually, devs are picked by the existing developers as the workload increases. Sometimes they post a position and you can apply to fill it, but more often, they just invite somebody they know would be good at it and would fit in well with the rest of the team. Having a portfolio of Arch contributions is the best way to make it on the team.

Having said that, I'd suggest making the contributions with the intent of helping the community rather than intending to get on-board. :-)

Dusty

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#3 2006-08-27 22:59:13

arooaroo
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

Superb advice from Dusty! big_smile

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#4 2006-08-28 08:08:05

dtw
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

I know there is a doc on the wiki that says similar but I think that says it best - feel like updating it, Dusty?

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#5 2006-08-28 09:35:23

clarence
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

Well said and on-topic, go Dusty! wink


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#6 2006-08-28 11:46:33

tomk
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

And the most important line in that excellent post is

Dusty wrote:

I'd suggest making the contributions with the intent of helping the community rather than intending to get on-board. :-)

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#7 2006-08-28 15:23:40

phrakture
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

Woah, Dusty just made a legitimate point? Are pigs flying? Heh.

Seriously though, feel free to take a peek at the bug tracker and perhaps implement some feature requests / bug fixes, that always helps to get peoples' attention.

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#8 2006-08-28 15:42:18

lucke
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

It's the avatar that counts, actually.

The more original, silly or just standing out your avatar is, the longer is that line under your nick - thus more people can bitch about you not taking care of your responsibilities well enough.

Just grab attention of 'em people ;-)

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#9 2006-08-29 02:19:46

clarence
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

From experince on other projects I can say that being a positive and helpful member of the community well get you much much further than witty sigs, outstanding avatars or sexual favours.


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#10 2006-08-31 08:08:16

benplaut
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

arooaroo wrote:

Superb advice from Dusty! big_smile

a first!  lol


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#11 2006-09-09 17:00:43

stonedz
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

Hello, I wikified the infos of this thread at this address : http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/How … _developer

I hope that it is correct and will be helpful for others.


"Software is like sex, it's better when it's free." L.T.

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#12 2006-09-09 17:50:43

Dusty
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

Thanks stonedz. Now people can improve on it. :-)

Dusty

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#13 2006-09-09 18:13:52

Cirdan
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

Definatly, thanks for the tips. I like Linux and Arch and always wanted to help out a community. )

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#14 2006-09-11 10:23:10

Romashka
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Re: howto become a arch developer?

There was a line in the last newsletter about new developers recruiting soon. So I guess some of us has a chance to become a developer!  ;-) Yay!  big_smile


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