Bits from the DPL (September 2017)
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Dear fellow developers,
Greetings again from London, UK… Here is what I've been getting up
to as your DPL during September 2017:
Outreachy Round 15
Outreachy  provides short internships for people from groups
traditionally under represented in tech. Interns work remotely with
mentors not "just" programming but also improving user experiences,
documentation and providing graphic design. Interns are paid a stipend
for their contributions.
I am extremely pleased to announce that Debian has decided to double its
investment in Outreachy by doubling the number of interns in Round 15
from 1 → 2. 
Thank you to everyone involved in this round so far, especially Karen
Sandler and Molly de Blanc for their patience in fielding all my
questions and suggestions.
FSFE "Public Money? Public Code" campaign
The Free Software Foundation Europe  recently announced their "Public
Money? Public Code" campaign to lobby for legislation requiring that
software developed for the public sector be made publicly available
under a Free and Open Source Software licence. 
As part of this, Debian was approached by the Matthias Kirschner of the
FSFE to support and to re-broadcast the message. I was very happy to
provide the following quote:
One of the many strengths of free software is that everyone benefits
from improvements and changes; Debian is the operating system of
choice for many public administrations around the world, so when one
government contributes to Debian, other government organisations will
gain from those changes too.
Thanks to Guido Günther for his assistance with this.
I pre-approved and/or evaluated a large number of travel and conference
requests this month including:
* Debian Cloud Sprint 
* MiniDebConf Prishtina 
* Grace Hopper Conference 
* PyConf Hyderabad 
* Tirana Cryptoparty 
* Video Team sprint at MiniDebConf, Cambridge 
* FSCONS 2017 
* FOSScamp 
I also approved the following miscellaneous expenses:
* Funding an Einstein@Home  developer to MiniDebConf
* More RAM for the Debian Ports  "atlantis" and
"pathfinder" powerpcspe buildds.
* New HDD for the antheil armhf buildd. 
It was also a pleasure to read of the announcement of two MiniDebConfs
during November. They are scheduled to take place in Cambridge, UK
(November 23-26)  and Tolouse, France (November 18-19) .
Anyone who attends both events in full can expect a small token of
appreciation from myself...
I also spent a few moments ensuring that folks who had had travel
sponsored ensured that reports or similar updates appeared within a
reasonable timeframe on Planet Debian .
Lastly, I publicised two small and informal meetups in the London
area  .
Reimbursement for BSPs
Don't forget that Debian is willing to reimburse up to USD 100 (or
equivalent in your local currency) for travel and accommodation
expenses . If there are no BSPs local to you , please help
Reimbursement requests should 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 (in blog post or similar). The goal being to increase
the visibility of such work.
In addition to the above, I spent time on:
* Addressing a possible case of abuse on IRC and dealing with a
report of bad behaviour around mentoring.
* Initial discussions regardings Rackspace's  hardware
contributions to Debian.
* Following up on DebConf17  reimbursements. If you have still
not received your reimbursement please be patient just a little
longer; they are being processed quite literally as I write this.
* Providing support and suggestions to a potential DD around our
keysigning requirements and advice on how to procure signatures in
* Outlining to a (shy!) user how they can help Debian out in the
* Participating in the ongoing discussion regarding selling Debian
media on Amazon. 
* Redirecting yet more private support queries sent to the leader
alias. I also fielded further requests to remove emails from our BTS
(!) and a specific, longer, query regarding accessibility in Debian.
* Moderating the /r/debian subreddit .
* Sending small gifts to our new "official" Developers.
In case you have missed them, please check out:
* We now have a Policy 4.1.1 .
* DebConf17 videos are now online. Thanks, Video Team! 
* Cyril Brulebois announced the first "alpha" of buster's Debian
See you all next month…
: :' : Chris Lamb, Debian Project Leader 2017
`. `'` firstname.lastname@example.org / chris-lamb.co.uk
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