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Bits from the 2IC

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[0] 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[1] - 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[2].

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[3]. At least Joss and the DPL seemed happy to

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[5], 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[6] - 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

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[7] or translated into German[8]. My own German is rather
rusty; I hope the translation is faithful and I haven't said anything
rude! *grin*

[0] http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2006
[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/05/msg00012.html
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/06/msg00194.html
[3] http://lists.debconf.org/lurker/message/20060519.132823.173b8752.en.html
[4] https://gallery.debconf.org/Mugshots/CIMG0217
[5] http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2006/06/msg00235.html
[6] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/05/msg00014.html
[7] http://www.pro-linux.de/berichte/interview-towns-mcintyre-en.html
[8] http://www.pro-linux.de/berichte/interview-towns-mcintyre.html

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
You raise the blade, you make the change... You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane...

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