Hey people! I'm Steve and it has been 7 weeks since my last confession^WBits post. So, what's been going on? First, I'll describe progress on some of the items from my last mail. Our projects under the Google Summer of Code are progressing. We had ten students accepted, and most of them have been working away well for the last few weeks. This week, mentors are filling in the mid-term evaluations to report on how the projects are going so far. The proposed irc.debian.org move has happened - the CNAME is now pointing to OFTC rather than Freenode, and most of our development discussions have moved over by now. The argument between Sven Luther and the d-i team flared up again across several of our mailing lists, much to the dismay of many developers. Things have since quietened down while a second attempt at mediation happens. Debconf 6 finished in Mexico. Many people had a great time, much beer and tequila was drunk, and the usual mix of socialising and hacking went on. There was also some excitement and disappointment at the main formal dinner which regrettably led to the first ever expulsion of a Debconf attendee. At least Joss and the DPL seemed happy to meet. So, on to newer topics... Our release team(s) have been busy - we're expecting a new stable point release of sarge (r3) Real Soon Now, including for the first time an updated version of d-i to include security updates. Etch is still targeted for release by the end of this year. A lot of work is still needed to make that happen - please help as much as you can, both in preparing your own packages and in attacking our large list of RC bugs. On that front, we have several BSPs coming up - dive in! David Moreno Garza has just returned from a trip to Havana, Cuba. I'm not going to steal his fire - see his report (*hint*) about how the trip went. His plan was to talk with the locals on several topics: CDDs, Debian Latinamerica, package maintenance, translations, procedures and much more. It was agreed that Debian should pay for the trip, but due to the delicate political situation between the US and Cuba it was felt that it might be unwise for SPI to pay those expenses. To get around that problem, we will use funds from Debian UK instead. Finally, around the time of Debconf, AJ and I were approached by the German Linux portal Pro-Linux for an interview. Their readers came up with a set of questions for us, and you can see our responses in English or translated into German. My own German is rather rusty; I hope the translation is faithful and I haven't said anything rude! *grin*  http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2006  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/05/msg00012.html  http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/06/msg00194.html  http://lists.debconf.org/lurker/message/20060519.132823.173b8752.en.html  https://gallery.debconf.org/Mugshots/CIMG0217  http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2006/06/msg00235.html  http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/05/msg00014.html  http://www.pro-linux.de/berichte/interview-towns-mcintyre-en.html  http://www.pro-linux.de/berichte/interview-towns-mcintyre.html -- Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org You raise the blade, you make the change... You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane...
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