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Bits from the DPL (April 2017)

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Whilst it has only been two weeks since the DPL election, I thought
I would establish a monthly cadence and routine for my "Bits from…"


First, I'd like to sincerely thank everyone who voted for me, as well
as everyone who took part in the election in general especially those
contributing on the debian-vote mailing list. Without being explicit
about it, you really helped raise the level of debate.

In case you missed it, the election was covered on LWN[0], Phoronix[1]
and DistroWatch[2].

I'd also like to deeply thank Mehdi for all his contributions, not only
in his work and effort as the previous DPL but also for being a worthy
rival and for the care and attention he has taken in ensuring a smooth

  [0] https://lwn.net/Articles/720165/
  [1] http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Debian-Project-Leader-2017
  [2] https://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20170417#news


In the previous two weeks I have mostly absorbing and organising
existing tasks rather than persuing the initiatives outlined in my

However, I have managed to get quite a bit done, including:

 * Numerous mails to ensure that the OCF.tw "Trusted Organisation"
   application process for DebConf18 is progressing

 * Approving and discussing potential (eg. t-shirts) and actual expenses
   (eg. Debian Med sprint, etc.).

 * Discussion regarding Debian helping to fund the OSU Open Source Lab[3]
   as well as partly co-ordinating an upcoming publicity drive.

 * Looking over a potential DebConf CoC update.

 * Responding to a large number of emails sent directly to
   leader@debian.org regarding the DPL election.

 * Private correspondence regarding an internal conflict, the status of
   Debian Policy, a potential UK «stretch» release party, and a user
   askingfor how they can help out via musical contributions.

 * Organising a potential appearance on the Ubuntu Podcast[4].

  [3] http://osuosl.org/
  [4] http://ubuntupodcast.org/

ITWire interview

Shortly after the election, I was also interviewed on iTWire[5].

  [5] http://www.itwire.com/open-source/77727-new-debian-leader-wants-more-variety-in-developer-ranks.html

foss-north.se 2017

On April 26th, I represented Debian in Gothenburg, Sweden at
foss-north.se[6]. Whilst I was attending and presenting under the
auspices of the Reproducible Builds project, most of my discussions
with the other speakers and delegates were regarding Debian in

  [6] http://foss-north.se/

Reimbursement for BSPs

The release of «stretch» is fast approaching and I hope — and expect! —
some Bug Squashing Parties (BSPs) to take place[7].

Don't forget that Debian is willing to reimburse up to USD 100 or
equivalent in your local currency for travel/accommodation expenses[8].
If there are no events local to you, please help organise one.

Reimbursement requests must meet the following conditions:

 * The requester must already be a Debian contributor (and preferably
    have demonstrated an ability to contribute to this kind of work).

 * The requester should agree to communicate about their activities
   during the BSP (for example in a blog post or similar). The goal being
   to increase the visibility of such work.

  [7] https://wiki.debian.org/BSPPlanning
  [8] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DPL/Reimbursement

Stretch release parties

Once «stretch» is released, we should celebrate our success and effort!
Please check the release party page[9] on the Debian Wiki for an event
near you.

Again, if there are none currently arranged for your area, please jump
in and arrange one as they can be a great way to get to know other
Debian users in your area. Indeed, my first IRL Debian meetup was
actually an «etch» release party…

  [9] https://wiki.debian.org/ReleasePartyStretch


In case you have missed them, please read:

 * Bits from the Release Team [10]
 * DebConf17 registration is now open [11]
 * Bits from the Debian CD Team [12]

  [10] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2017/04/msg00013.html
  [11] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2017/04/msg00006.html
  [12] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2017/04/msg00014.html

See you next month!


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