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I am a Mage!

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This is just a manner of speaking. = D

May 27, 2013. I officially became a packer on Mageia, Mandriva-based Linux distro. The date marks the creation of an account with access permission to repository and build system for me.

I started contributing to Mageia since the early days of the project, translating the manifesto to Portuguese. Since then I helped on forums, IRC, mailing lists, got mirrors with high performance in Brazil, and did more work in promotion. However, I wanted to provide software for Mageia, because this is a job who not everyone can contribute.

To become a packers I had to participate in a mentoring program where I was guided by my Portuguese friend José Jorge or zezinho. I learned a lot about the art of creating RPM packages. Thanks zezinho!

I’m packing SWI-Prolog and abnTeX2. I intend to maintain some scientific-related software and KDE stuff like themes and plasma applets.

Well, this is my way to contribute to free software. Thank you, community!

Written by Filipe Saraiva

junho 2nd, 2013 at 5:56 pm

7 Responses to “I am a Mage!”

  1. Lauro César disse:

    Congradulations Filipe! The abntex2’s team is very happy for you!

  2. Jan disse:

    Not that I want to spam you, but would you be interested in packaging a client? 😀

    • Filipe Saraiva disse:

      Hi Jan, thanks!
      About the client, do you refer to Dianara? I see it in your blog, congratulations to you! It smells a great software! When Dianara will be a stable release?

      • Jan disse:

        Hi! Yes, I meant Dianara 😀

        v0.6 was pretty stable, actually, and even though not complete, it was already quite decent for daily use. Well, my daily use, at least 😉

        I’ve added a lot of features and fixed lots of things since then, so I guess v0.7 will be out soon. You can try the development version from gitorious if you wish.


        • Filipe Saraiva disse:

          My proposal is: I am waiting for migration to When it is complete, I will try and Dianara. If I think Dianara interesting, I package it.

          Mageia release cycle is a bit long. New softwares packages only are avaiable in the new stable version of Mageia, Mageia 4, ~May/2014.

        • Jan disse:

          I like your proposal 😀

          The release cycle for Mageia is long, but better late than never 😛
          BTW, isn’t it ~9 months? Mageia 3 came out in May, so Mageia 4 should be out about February/March, right?

          Anyway, having it in Cauldron meanwhile would be great anyway. Thanks!

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