Ryan Andrew Pavlik

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Status Debian Contributor on nm.debian.org since 2021-02-12

Short Biography

I have been contributing to free and open-source since before 2005, and using Linux for longer: Slackware, Ubuntu, then Debian, which has been my main distro for almost 10 years. My first contributions were to the AbiWord project, including two GSoC positions with the project in 2007 and 2008. During my time in academia, I worked to open-source as much of my software development as possible, both for advancing the state of the art as well as in the interest of reproducible research. Since then, I have been employed, by two different companies, to take a prominent role in developing open-source virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and related software (collectively called XR). I am also presently the Specification Editor, and by extension, the software maintainer, of the Khronos OpenXR standard.

My packaging experience likewise begins with AbiWord, maintaining a PPA and working to help improve upstream AbiWord packaging. Since I work in XR, I often need very new packages, so I have had a lot of experience manually backporting Debian packages. I also packaged a number of VR software systems during my time in academia, often in a PPA.

In my current role, I have worked with several existing DD's and been encouraged to work directly in Debian, rather than just maintaining a downstream PPAs and private Debian repos. As such, I maintain three XR-related packages I have also had the chance to spend time on Debian packages that I use but don't act as the upstream maintainer of, such as SolveSpace, MeshLab, and click-man. I aim to achieve a very high package quality, aided by the excellent Debian QA tool suite and the Salsa Pipeline tools, plus software like cme. I have been fortunate to find collaborators not only in coworkers but also in the Debian-Science team, which team-maintains many of the packages that interest me from a development point of view.

My earliest work is under the abiryan@ryand.net email/identity. While I've tried to chiefly use my personal domain name for more recent contributions, sometimes my gmail address or my work address (at Collabora) are used from time to time.

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