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Date:      Wed, 27 May 2020 15:36:40 +0000
From:      Brandon helsley <>
To:        Aryeh Friedman <>
Cc:        Ottavio Caruso <>, Polytropon <>, Ottavio Caruso via freebsd-questions <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD Cert
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How much experience is necessarry?
I don't know anything about computers but got freebsd as a project to learn=
 as much as possible. If I were to get involved does "teaching the ropes" a=
t all possibly include learning other things like networking and possibly a=
nd hopefully learning how to port software?

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From: Aryeh Friedman <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:33:10 AM
To: Brandon helsley <>
Cc: Ottavio Caruso <>; Polytropon <freebsd@=>; Ottavio Caruso via freebsd-questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.=
Subject: Re: FreeBSD Cert

On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:39 AM Brandon helsley <
m<>> wrote:
What about port maintainership. Or port mentee? What Is it exactly. Good le=
arning experience?

Yes/no/maybe is it worth and is it a good learning experience.

A port maintainer as Mathew said is resonible for keeping a port in good wo=
rking order visa vie FreeBSD.  A good example is when I took over maintaine=
rship of devel/aegis it was to update to the latest released version (the o=
riginal author passed away in 2014 and no one has picked up the ball to mak=
e new versions since despite a small group of hardcore users [including my =
self]) and all was good then when FreeBSD started to phase out the preferen=
ce for GCC I had to make some patches to make it work with LLVM, etc.

Taking over a dead port is likely not as good of an learning experience as =
making and maintaining a new one.   Contact me privately I have some ideas =
for stuff that can and should be ports that I haven't had time for (mostly =
side projects relating to PetiteCloud that I can maintain via aegis but not=
 via ports due to not making the translation scripts completely yet)
Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer,

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