Bits from the DPL (January 2018)
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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 , blessing the
addition of Gunnar Wolf and facilitated the early steps of potential
* I had a number of conversations at Linux.conf.au  with my "DPL
hat" on with other projects in the wider free software community
(such as the Open Source Iniative , 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 , both morally and
legally (eg. with respect to the GPDR ).
* I also made my "filial" contribution to the "Words from the DPL"
section in the DebConf17  Final Report, added an update on behalf
of the Project to the SPI  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  and responded to a number of helpful followups
to last month's "Bits from the DPL."
In terms of specific events, I attended to funding requests for:
* An upcoming bug squashing party in Tirana, Albania .
* A Debian System Administrators (DSA)  sprint .
* A Debian Med sprint  in Barcelona, also involving users and
developers from related communities such as Ubuntu Bio-Linux .
* A DebConf VideoTeam sprint  to coincide with FOSDEM.
* A "secure boot" implementation sprint involving the FTP team 
and the "CD" team  etc.
As well as responding to various follow-ups to previous requests, I
also had fresh funding requests for LibrePlanet 2018 . MiniDebConf
in Curitiba , FOSDEM 2018 , FOSSASIA Summit 2018  and Bob
Konference 2018 .
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) . If there are no BSPs near to you (see ), why not
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
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 .
* 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"  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
"One last thing..."
Lastly, in case you missed it:
* The salsa.debian.org  migration is progressing well .
* There is a SPECTRE/Meltdown checking utility in the archive .
* Dmitry Bogatov ("KAction") will be cleared of charges .
Phew, what a month. See you all next time...
: :' : Chris Lamb
`. `'` email@example.com / chris-lamb.co.uk
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