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bits from the DPL -- October 2013


Here is my 7th monthly report, for October 2013.

- Participation in Outreach Program For Women
- Ongoing discussion on init systems
- Discussion on using Content Delivery Networks
- manpages.debian.net becomes manpages.debian.ORG
- how-can-i-help now lists packages removed from testing
- packaging-tutorial translated to Japanese, Portuguese and Russian
- Assets
- DPL Helpers and DPL TO-DO list

Participation in Outreach Program For Women

As announced last month, Debian is participating in the GNOME Outreach
Program for Women[1,2], which is an internship program aimed at getting
more women involved in Free Software.
There's more information at [3]. Specifically:
- you can apply (as an intern) before Nov 11th.
- you can donate to help Debian participate in the program at [4]
  (before Nov 14th).

[1] http://gnome.org/opw/
[2] https://wiki.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen
[3] https://wiki.debian.org/OPW
[4] http://debian.ch/opw2013/

Ongoing discussion on init systems

In case you missed it, there's an ongoing discussion on init systems.
Thanks to Paul Tagliamonte, the Debian Technical Committee has been
officially asked[1] to decide on the {default,supported} init system(s)
for jessie.
This issue has already been discussed at length during the past months,
in mailing list threads that could be described as ... heated. If you
contribute to the discussions, please remain civil, and enforce a high
S/N ratio.

Another great way to contribute to a good decision is to acquire
first-hand experience with the various solutions *yourself*. Have you
tried booting and managing services with them? What about supporting
them in your packages (or in someone else's packages)? Your feedback
on this, especially if you encountered some hurdles, would probably
be an interesting and useful read.

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/727708

Discussion on using Content Delivery Networks

The Debian System Administration Team (DSA) started a discussion[1] on
the possibility to use CDNs to deliver content (ftp.d.o, www.d.o,
security.d.o, ...) to Debian users, in addition to the mirrors network
(and possibly, at some point, replacing the mirrors network).
This is an interesting discussion on the frontier between Free Software
and free infrastructure, and determining where we stand is not easy.
My own take is at [2].

[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/10/msg00029.html
[2] https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/10/msg00074.html

manpages.debian.net becomes manpages.debian.ORG

Thanks to the collaboration of DSA and Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña,
http://manpages.debian.org/ was turned into an official service and
moved to the .debian.org domain name. Generally, it's great to see
useful unofficial services become officially part of Debian

how-can-i-help now lists packages removed from testing

The 'how-can-i-help' package[1] lists opportunities for contributions
to Debian. Since version 0.9, it also lists packages installed locally
that were removed from testing (for example during the automatic
removals managed by the release team[2]). Thanks to Joseph Herlant,
Christophe Siraut and Arthur de Jong for their contributions to this

[1] http://packages.debian.org/sid/how-can-i-help
[2] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2013/09/msg00006.html

packaging-tutorial translated to Japanese, Portuguese and Russian

The 'packaging-tutorial' package[1] provides an introduction to
Debian packaging. It is now available in Japanese, Portuguese and
Russian in addition to English, French, German and Spanish.
Thanks to KURASAWA Nozomu, Américo Monteiro and Lev Lamberov for
their contributions.

[1] http://packages.debian.org/sid/packaging-tutorial


Machine for debian-installer developer; RAM for m68k machines
Following a discussion on -project@[1], I authorized the purchase
of a desktop machine to facilitate testing of d-i, and work on
automated tests. Expected amount: 1500-2000 EUR

I also authorized the purchase of memory expansion cards for m68k
buildds or porterboxes. Expected amount: 500 EUR

[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/10/msg00075.html

Release team sprint
I pre-authorized[1] a global budget of 4000 EUR for the release
team sprint to be held on Nov 23-24 in Paris.

[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-sprints/2013/10/msg00003.html

DPL Helpers and DPL TO-DO list

Two DPL helpers meetings took place in october:

- 2013-10-09:
  Minutes: http://meetbot.debian.net/debian-dpl/2013/debian-dpl.2013-10-09-16.59.html
  Minutes (text): http://meetbot.debian.net/debian-dpl/2013/debian-dpl.2013-10-09-16.59.txt
  Log: http://meetbot.debian.net/debian-dpl/2013/debian-dpl.2013-10-09-16.59.log.html
  Agenda: http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=dpl/dpl-helpers.git;a=blob;f=meetings/20131009/agenda.txt

- 2013-10-23:
  Minutes: http://meetbot.debian.net/debian-dpl/2013/debian-dpl.2013-10-23-16.58.html
  Minutes (text): http://meetbot.debian.net/debian-dpl/2013/debian-dpl.2013-10-23-16.58.txt
  Log: http://meetbot.debian.net/debian-dpl/2013/debian-dpl.2013-10-23-16.58.log.html
  Agenda: http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=dpl/dpl-helpers.git;a=blob;f=meetings/20131023/agenda.txt

The next DPL helpers meeting is still to be scheduled (see [1]).

[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2013/10/msg00137.html

Here is the current state of the DPL TO-DO list.  As noted in the past,
obviously not all items have the same importance or urgency -- some of
them are listed just because "it would be nice if this was done and there
was activity recently, so I'm keeping an eye on them".  If you feel like
helping with one of the items listed below, please contact me for details
(or just proceed).  Thanks!
("C:" means "current status:", "N:" means "Next action:")

*** delegations and teams
- [rafw] check status / aliveness of Debian events team (N: follow-up)
- [richih] press team (C: someone stepped down.  N: talk to team)
- [lucas] release team delegation (C: dpl-helpers.git:release-delegation.txt + http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/dpl-helpers/2013-September/000088.html N: update draft delegation, iterate with team; possible topic for RT sprint)
- [lucas] discuss the debconf chairs delegation with debconf team
- [lucas] policy team (C: plessy stepping down, N:?)

*** money / accounting / TOs / auditor / trademark
- [lucas] deal with DC13 surplus
- [bgupta] formally define the roles and responsibilities of our TOs (N: improve wiki.d.o/Teams/Auditor/Organizations)
- [bgupta] define a policy for the handling of debian.* domain names
- [bgupta] improve donations infrastructure (inc. donations via paypal)
- work with TOs to fix/improve reimbursement procedures (C: http://deb.li/s6MI)
- [lucas/auditor] formalize process for reimbursement RT tickets

*** various other things
- [lucas] write DPL part of DebConf13 final report. (C: http://deb.li/hHwh)
- [rafw] check that anti-harrassement is mentioned on Debian website
- [richih] add Debian logins to http://www.debian.org/intro/organization.en.html

*** projects/ideas outside DPL scope to help move forward / make sure it happens:
**** new contributors related
- Debian Welcome team (C: http://deb.li/ctX2 + BOF during DebConf - http://deb.li/w3bM . recent email: http://deb.li/3tCUj )
- "recruit" some example packages to point prospective contributors to. (N: send mail to -devel@, ping major teams)
- adjust documentation around 'gift' tag, or rename the tag. See http://deb.li/GWs4
- debbugs submissions via http (C: http://deb.li/3F03i N: follow-up on #590269)

**** other
- Debian Code of Conduct (C: http://deb.li/3wRWh  N: iterate with a new version?)
- binary-throw-away uploads -- related to reproducible builds (C: http://deb.li/3NPsz N: dak work)
- Debian PPA (would make transitions much easier to manage) (C: implementation not started yet AFAIK  N: dak work)
- [zack] organize a survey of DDs (N: draft questions)

Day-to-day log

As usual, my day-to-day log of DPL activities is
available on master:/srv/leader/news/bits-from-the-DPL.txt.201310

- Lucas

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