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Bits from the DPL (January 2018)

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Dear developers,

Welcome to the first "Bits from the DPL" of 2018. :)  I'm sure there
are many of you still writing "2017" and perhaps others, like me, who
consider anything said to be "in 2018" to be next year or at least a
long time in the future... including DebConf!

Anyway, here's an outline of what I've been getting up to as your DPL
during January 2017:

 * This month I redelegated the Technical Committee [0], blessing the
   addition of Gunnar Wolf and facilitated the early steps of potential
   Outreach redelegation.

 * I had a number of conversations at Linux.conf.au [1] with my "DPL
   hat" on with other projects in the wider free software community
   (such as the Open Source Iniative [2], etc.) who had queries and
   questions about the workings and goals of Debian project, as well as
   made progress on some specific future collaborations.
   Around the conference itself, it was furthermore gratifying and
   surprising to be stopped and told about so many installations of
   Debian that -- due to our lack of any requirement to register one's
   use -- I was not previously aware of.

 * Back in the email inbox, I was part of a number of threads
   regarding the Alioth service around ensuring privacy throughout the
   migration of the existing mailing lists [3], both morally and
   legally (eg. with respect to the GPDR [4]).

 * I also made my "filial" contribution to the "Words from the DPL"
   section in the DebConf17 [5] Final Report, added an update on behalf
   of the Project to the SPI [6] Annual Report and wrote/edited text
   for an upcoming FSF grant application.

 * Finally, I was extremely pleased to receive my first request for a
   DPL certificate [7] and responded to a number of helpful followups
   to last month's "Bits from the DPL."

 [0] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/01/msg00000.html
 [1] https://linux.conf.au/
 [2] https://opensource.org/
 [3] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/01/msg00003.html
 [4] https://www.eugdpr.org/
 [5] https://debconf17.debconf.org/
 j6] https://www.spi-inc.org/
 [7] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DPL#Miscellanea


In terms of specific events, I attended to funding requests for:

 * An upcoming bug squashing party in Tirana, Albania [8].

 * A Debian System Administrators (DSA) [9] sprint [10].

 * A Debian Med sprint [11] in Barcelona, also involving users and
   developers from related communities such as Ubuntu Bio-Linux [12].

 * A DebConf VideoTeam sprint [13] to coincide with FOSDEM.

 * A "secure boot" implementation sprint involving the FTP team [14]
   and the "CD" team [15] etc.

As well as responding to various follow-ups to previous requests, I
also had fresh funding requests for LibrePlanet 2018 [16].  MiniDebConf
in Curitiba [17], FOSDEM 2018 [18], FOSSASIA Summit 2018 [19] and Bob
Konference 2018 [20].

Don't forget Debian is always willing and able to reimburse up to USD
100 for travel/accommodation expenses to attend Bug Squashing Parties
(BSPs) [21]. If there are no BSPs near to you (see [22]), why not
organise one?

Reimbursement requests should meet the following conditions:

 * The requester must be a Debian contributor or have demonstrated an
   ability to contribute to that kind of work.

 * The requester should agree to communicate about their activities
   during the event. The goal here being to increase the visibility of
   such work.

  [8] https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2018/01/msg00024.html
  [9] https://dsa.debian.org/
 [10] https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints/2018/DebConfVideoteamSprintFOSDEM2018
 [11] https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints/2018/DebianMed2018
 [12] http://environmentalomics.org/bio-linux/
 [13] https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints/2018/DebConfVideoteamSprintFOSDEM2018
 [14] [https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/FTPMaster
 [15] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebianCd
 [16] https://libreplanet.org/2018/
 [17] https://minidebconf.curitiba.br/en/
 [18] https://fosdem.org/2018/
 [19] https://2018.fossasia.org/
 [20] http://bobkonf.de/2018/en/
 [21] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DPL/Reimbursement
 [22] https://wiki.debian.org/BSPPlanning]


In addition to the above, I spent time on:

 * Responding to a query regarding a Debian fork/remix who wished to
   ensure that their level of attribution and credit was "sufficient",
   as well as forwarding their trademark concerns to a relevant party.

 * Addressing unacceptable behaviour of Developers in/around Debian.

 * Moderating / contributing to the "/r/debian" subreddit [23].

 * Redirecting private support queries sent to the `leader@` alias
   to other locations. I did not, however, receive any requests this
   month to remove emails from the BTS.

 * A conversation regarding possibly shipping excess Debian merchandise
   to Cuba for an event.

 * Yet more administrative work on Debian becoming a supported
   operating system on the "Windows Subsystem for Linux" [24] platform.
   This has seen significant progress throughout this month.

 * On a lighter note, I also had an extremely sincere, concrete and
   legitimate request to place technology-related adverts on the Debian
   webpages to generate revenue for the project. My response was

 [23] https://reddit.com/r/debian
 [24] https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/wsl/

"One last thing..."

Lastly, in case you missed it:

 * The salsa.debian.org [25] migration is progressing well [26].

 * There is a SPECTRE/Meltdown checking utility in the archive [27].

 * Dmitry Bogatov ("KAction") will be cleared of charges [28].

 [25] https://salsa.debian.org/
 [26] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/01/msg00001.html
 [27] http://tracker.debian.org/pkg/spectre-meltdown-checker
 [28] http://tass.com/society/986636

Phew, what a month. See you all next time...

Best wishes,

- -- 
     : :'  :     Chris Lamb
     `. `'`      lamby@debian.org / chris-lamb.co.uk



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