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Date:      Wed, 27 May 2020 11:48:39 -0400
From:      Aryeh Friedman <>
To:        Brandon helsley <>
Cc:        Ottavio Caruso <>, Polytropon <>,  Ottavio Caruso via freebsd-questions <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD Cert
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On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 11:36 AM Brandon helsley <> wrote:

> 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" at all possibly include learning other things like networking and
> possibly and hopefully learning how to port software?

A lot of times (but by far from all the time) porting requires at least
basic programming skills since you often need to find parts of the code
that are incompatible with FreeBSD and make them compatible (you then
include a patch for the work in the port files).

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> *From:* Aryeh Friedman <>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:33:10 AM
> *To:* Brandon helsley <>
> *Cc:* Ottavio Caruso <>; Polytropon <
>>; Ottavio Caruso via freebsd-questions <
> *Subject:* Re: FreeBSD Cert
> On Wed, May 27, 2020 at 8:39 AM Brandon helsley <
>> wrote:
> What about port maintainership. Or port mentee? What Is it exactly. Good
> learning 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
> working order visa vie FreeBSD.  A good example is when I took over
> maintainership of devel/aegis it was to update to the latest released
> version (the original author passed away in 2014 and no one has picked up
> the ball to make 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 preference 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,

Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer,

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