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Bits from the DPL -- January-February 2017

Dear fellow developers,

Here is my report for January and February 2017.

Stretch Freeze

As planned, the Release Team announced the freeze of Stretch [1]. It
is now our turn to squash bugs and help them to make the release!

[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2017/02/msg00001.html

As a reminder, I have announced in [2] that I am willing to reimburse
up to USD 100 (or equivalent in your local currency) for your travel
and accommodation expenses for participating in Bug Squashing Parties.

[2] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2016/12/msg00001.html

I am aware of the following BSPs:
- https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2017/03/de/credativ (17-19 March in Germany)
- https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2017/03/br/Curitiba (18-19 March in Brazil)
- https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2017/05/fr/Paris/Announcement (13-14 May
  in France)
- https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2017/05/ch/Zurich (5-7 May in Switzerland)

If there are no Bug Squashing Parties next to your city, can you
organize one?

It is also time to start documenting "The most exciting new things in
Stretch"! If you have ideas, please submit them to the Release Team
for inclusion in the release announcement.

Other ways to help include testing upgrades and installations and
filing reports for experienced issues.

Last but not least, if your package is affected by an RC-bug and you
do not have time or the skills to fix it, please consider tagging it
with “help” so that other bug squashers can help you.

DebConf Committee

It was my pleasure to announce [3] the creation of the DebConf
Committee as an official team of the Debian project.

[3] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2017/01/msg00003.html

This new delegation officially deprecates the former delegation
made for DebConf Chairs and which is no longer valid.

Unlike DebConf Chairs, the DebConf Committee's role is twofold:

1) Organize the bid process and make final decisions about who will
   organize DebConf;

2) Provide support to DebConf team and share their experience of
   DebConf organization.

As last resort, the DebConf Committee has a special power and can
override specific decisions in the context of DebConf organization.

Recently, the DebConf Committee reached their first decision and
announced [4] DebConf18 will be hosted in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

[4] https://lists.debconf.org/lurker/message/20170215.171536.9b1203f9.en.html


During DebConf16, I have gathered a list of potential volunteers for
the roadmap team or people generally interested in the idea of a
roadmap for Debian.

Recently, I have tried to start a discussion [5] about organizational
aspects of this new activity. Everyone is more than welcome if you
want to join the discussion!

[5] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/debian-roadmap/

After Stretch's release, a discussion with a wider audience will take

- Approved expense of CAD 185.11 to buy the cloth for on-site
  accommodation for DebConf17.
- Approved expense of USD 1040 for two Debian contributors to attend
  and give a talk at FOSSASIA 2017.
- Approved budget of EUR 750 for listmaster sprint.
- Approved budget of EUR 3300 (max EUR 5000) to organize a BSP at
  Paris, France.
- Approved budget of EUR 1000 for 10th Debian Groupware Meeting

In other news, SPI recently published a treasurer reports for 2016
[6]. I wanted to thank them for their efforts!

[6] http://www.spi-inc.org/treasurer/reports/

Day-to-day log
My day-to-day log of DPL activities is available on master.debian.org:
- /srv/leader/news/bits-from-the-DPL.txt.201701
- /srv/leader/news/bits-from-the-DPL.txt.201702



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