Hi, folks,

I'm writing to apply to be a TU, and Alad Wenter has kindly agreed to
be my sponsor.

I've been an Arch user for the last 10 years or so. Some of you may
know me from IRC or the forums, where I use the nick escondida.
Lately, I've been much less active on IRC, but have contributed a
handful of patches to pacman. I also maintain [a few buildscripts][1]
in the AUR.

Arch has always been a rewarding community to contribute to, and I
figure that maintaining some packages and generally helping out could
be a good way to contribute a bit more.

If accepted to be a TU, my plan of action is as follows:
1. Go mad with power^U
1. Bring a handful of packages into [community] (see below)
2. Help out with rebuilds and package updates where that does not
        involve stepping on toes
3. Continue to submit occasional patches to Arch projects
4. Help with to-do lists. Off the top of my head, taking a quick look
        at current to-do lists with actual outstanding items:

        
https://www.archlinux.org/todo/packages-with-out-of-repositories-dependencies/
                I'd be interested both in simply weeding out those
                with inappropriate deps and in bringing in deps I'd
                consider actually useful, such as tcllib for tcl-remind.

        https://www.archlinux.org/todo/source-retirement/
        https://www.archlinux.org/todo/codegooglecom-retirement/
                I wouldn't mind tracking down lost sources.

Thanks for your consideration, and I'm of course happy to answer
questions and address critiques.

Cheers,
Ivy "escondida" Foster

# Packages

If I'm accepted, there are a handful of packages I already have in
mind to bring to the repos:

- [bemenu][2]
        Though dmenu is already available, bemenu is a solid
        alternative for X, Wayland or terminals.

- [farbfeld][3]
        An oddball but interesting new image format

- [frotz][4]
        I don't know about you guys, but I think that text adventures
        are positively xyzzy.

- [ledger][5]
        This program is super useful, and I doubt I'm the only one who
        dreads every boost update because this takes so long to build!

- [muttprint][6]
        I don't always print emails, but when I do, I use muttprint.

- [opendoas][7]
        OpenBSD's much simpler alternative to sudo is now available
        for Linux.

- [physlock][8]
        A tty screen locker

- [sndio][9]
        OpenBSD's excellent and simple sound system is now available
        as a userspace daemon for Linux, and a surprising number of
        things can build against it easily.

        Note that if I did bring this in, I wouldn't be including my
        very basic XDG basedir patch (see AUR scripts). I'm going to
        try and submit a better one upstream, and if that fails,
        then...oh, well, I guess.

- [t-prot][10]
        It's just a simple script, but as a mutt user, it comes very
        much in handy for making many emails more legible.

- [translate-shell][11]
        Very useful for simplifying or scripting translation tasks
        (not that you should be counting on google translate to handle
        anything longer than a few words, but still)

- [xurls][12]
        Saves you the trouble of parsing strings to find links

# Links

[1]: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/?SeB=m&K=escondida
[2]: https://github.com/Cloudef/bemenu
[3]: https://tools.suckless.org/farbfeld/
[4]: http://frotz.sourceforge.net/
[5]: https://www.ledger-cli.org
[6]: http://muttprint.sourceforge.net/
[7]: https://github.com/Duncaen/OpenDoas
[8]: https://github.com/muennich/physlock
[9]: http://www.sndio.org/
[10]: http://www.escape.de/~tolot/mutt/
[11]: https://www.soimort.org/translate-shell/
[12]: https://github.com/mvdan/xurls

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