In Grants for Operating Systems I discussed my journey through the grant application writing business since beginning of last year. To keep things light and somewhat focused, I left out a topic, that I would like to write about in more detail in the following sections.
Over the past years I have written (unsuccessful) funding applications for free software projects, associated with the Arch Linux Operating System. This article is about my experiences with applying for numerous funds and my advice for people trying to get their work funded.
TL;DR: Writing funding applications is extremely tedious and the selection process mostly intransparent and discouraging. Depending on what you apply for and who you apply with, you may never get funding due to other, additional factors.
In this article I will highlight the work on new tooling and its features.
Since my last write-up on this topic, the project formerly known as
arch-repo-management has been renamed to
repod (as in repo-d) and has
just seen its first minor release. 🎉
You can find its documentation at https://repod.archlinux.page.
As my current PGP key
91BD8815FE0040FA7FF5D68754C28F4FF5A1A949 will be
expired soon, I have created a new one to replace it.
You can get my new key
1793DAD5D803A8FFD7451697BB992F9864FAD168 as well as
the old one and the cross-signatures required to establish the chain of trust
between the two via Web Key Directory (WKD) (which should be used
gpg >= 2.1.23).
In Arch, a recap I elaborated a bit on my reasons for getting involved with Arch Linux. In this post I would like to highlight a few technical details and give a "behind the scenes" when it comes to packaging on and for Arch Linux. This post is written from the viewpoint of a distribution packager, but it is likely to contain information also useful to people packaging on different distributions or for private purposes.
One of the things, that has kept me (increasingly) busy over the past few years is my involvement with the Linux distribution Arch Linux. While I have been using Linux for probably about 14 years it is frankly hard to pinpoint when exactly I went down the rabbit hole that this operating system/ ecosystem/ community is (relevant XKCD). However, I can elaborate on my motivation and where that got me.
One of the most fun and awesome projects of the past two years (but most likely ever actually) has been the Electronic Orchestra Charlottenburg (EOC). It's an endeavor, that started in 2017 at the Electronic Music Studio of Technical University of Berlin thanks to the efforts of Henrik von Coler, who is doing a great deal of work in the field of electronic music, spatialization and composition.
Some key factors turn the EOC into something special (IMHO):
it (usually) consists of electronic and electro-acoustic musicians (e.g. modular synthesizers, DIY hardware, tape, etc.) of different genres
its sound is spread out over multi-channel systems (e.g. 12 loudspeakers in a circular setup), using spatial rendering techniques such as ambisonics
it makes use of graphic notation
So far it has been immense fun (but also a lot of work) to be part of the EOC and I'm looking forward to (at least) two more concerts this year!
webapp encapsulation and jailing
being able to separetely manage services
exit after idle