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Bits from the DPL (March 2018)

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Dear fellow developers…

Greetings from a rather soggy London. Here's an outline of what I've been
getting up to during March 2018 as your DPL:

 * Re-delegated the Debian Account Managers (DAM) [0] to represent the
   stepping down of Christoph "myon" Berg. On behalf of the Project, we thank
   him for his work.

 * I was honoured to be elected to the board of the Open Source Initiative [1].
   As part of this appointment I will be naturally be representing Debian's
   interests and using my experience as DPL to help the free software community
   in general. Please let me know if you have any specific concerns or issues
   that you think the OSI should be addressing, whether on behalf of Debian or

 * Updated the Front Desk delegation [2] as Jan Dittberner (jandd), Mike
   Gabriel (sunweaver) and Francesca Ciceri (madamezou) are stepping away from
   the team. Please join me in thanking them for their diligent work over the

 * Following the recommendation of the Technical Committee, I was extremely
   happy to approve Simon McVittie (smcv) joining the team [3]. (As defined by
   our constitution, the Debian Technical Committee is not delegated like other
   teams.) Welcome aboard!

 * Submitted my re-nomination and platform for 2018 Project Leader [4] as well
   as responded to a few questions on the debian-vote mailing list [5].

 * Met with a considerable number of Debian folks at the Southern California
   Linux Expo ("SCALE") [6] with the usual keysigning, friendly chats, photos,
   etc. Thanks to all those who were at the booth, both in front & behind it.
   I also managed to start some cross-distribution discussions — and even
   cross-operating system — that I will follow-up on.

 * Shepherded the announcement of Debian's appearance on the "Windows
   Subsystem for Linux" platform [7][8] as well as redirect numerous follow-ups
   to the correct locations. I have also started organising the somewhat
   inevitable merchandise to be revealed soon. :)

 * Attended the Free Software Foundation's [9] LibrePlanet 2018 [10] conference
   in Boston, MA. Whilst I gave a presentation on Reproducible Builds [11] I
   represented Debian at the "SpinachCon" [12] pre-conference user testing
   event as well wore my DPL "hat" in all manner of discussions and questions
   in and around the conference.

 * Lastly, I am sorry to report that this month was especially draining with
   respect to issues in the anti-harrassment space [13] both in terms of volume
   and importance. In addition, I felt I had no choice but directly address a
   number of DDs in private on their public activities which were reflecting
   poorly on themselves, (let alone the Debian Project itself.

 [0] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/03/msg00001.html
 [1] https://opensource.org/node/926
 [2] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/03/msg00002.html
 [3] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/03/msg00005.html
 [4] https://www.debian.org/vote/2018/vote_001
 [5] https://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2018/03/threads.html
 [6] https://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/16x
 [7] https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2018/03/06/debian-gnulinux-for-wsl-now-available-in-the-windows-store/
 [8] https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/debian-gnu-linux/9msvkqc78pk6
 [9] https://fsf.org/
 [10] https://libreplanet.org/2018/
 [11] https://reproducible-builds.org/
 [12] http://www.eximiousproductions.com/2018/03/09/spinachcon-2018/
 [13] https://wiki.debian.org/AntiHarassment

Events & finances

As well as responding to various follow-ups to previous funding requests, I:

 * Approved the purchase of a number of "Turbot" single-board computers [14]
   for use by the DebConf Video Team [15].

 * Various DebConf-related administrivia around the status of a defunct Trusted
   Organisation, the DebConf Committee, and the budget for the upcoming
   DebConf18 event [16] in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

 * Approved travel expenses for a UEFI "Secure Boot" sprint that will take
   place in Fulda (Germany), FOSS'ASIA 2018 [17] (Singapore), a Bug Squashing
   Party (BSP) in Tirana, Albania [18], and a Debian Edu [19] sprint during the
   upcoming Hamburg MiniDebConf [20].

 * Responded to a query on which Trusted Organisation [21] should be invoiced
   for Google's Summer of Code [22] outreach programme (Debian France).

 * Investigating missing reimbursements from SPI, Inc [23] from the Cloud
   Sprint in 2017.

 * Acknowledged expenses for the Debian Med sprint [24] that was held in
   Barcelona in February. This additionally involved users and developers from
   related communities such as Bio-Linux [25], etc.

 * Contributed my thoughts to a discussion on a policy for expenses that are
   "unused" due to illness or similar, as well as for receipts that did not
   have prior approval.

 * Initial conversations regarding funding a potential webmaster team [26]

 [14] https://minnowboard.org/
 [15] https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/Videoteam
 [16] https://debconf18.debconf.org/
 [17] https://2018.fossasia.org/
 [18] https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2018/01/msg00024.html
 [19] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEdu/
 [20] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2018/MiniDebConfHamburg
 [21] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Treasurer/Organizations
 [22] https://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2018
 [23] https://www.spi-inc.org/
 [24] https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints/2018/DebianMed2018
 [25] http://environmentalomics.org/bio-linux/
 [26] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Webmaster

Bug Squashing Parties

Debian is willing to reimburse up to 100 USD for expenses to attend Bug
Squashing Parties (BSPs) [27]. If there are no BSPs near to you, please help
organise one [28]!

Reimbursement requests should meet the following conditions:

 * The requester should be a Debian contributor of some description or have
   otherwise demonstrated an ability / committment to do that kind of work.

 * The requester agrees to communicate about their activities during the event,
   such as posting to Planet Debian [29] The goal here being to increase
   visibility of "sponsored" work.

 [27] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DPL/Reimbursement
 [28] https://wiki.debian.org/BSPPlanning
 [29] https://planet.debian.org/


In addition to all of the above, I spent time on:

 * Contributing to, monitoring and/or moderating the "/r/debian" subreddit [30] and
   @Debian Twitter profile [31].

 * Redirecting a large number of private support queries and questions sent to
   the leader@ alias including ones regarding the Debian Wiki [32], VPNs, the
   naming of the Debian distributions, an "executive level" free-software job
   opening, as well as how to find Debian-related consulting companies in Asia,
   etc. In addition, we received two sincere request to place adverts on our
   webpages [33] which were also politely redirected.

 * Contacting SPI, Inc [34] with regards to granting access to some DNS settings
   for the Debian System Administrators [34].

 * Issuing a signed PDF certificate [36] for a Developer. (These are also
   available for Debian Maintainers.)

 * Responding to the "SARbian" [37] Debian derivative who were asking for
   clarification on their use of "Debian" in the portmanteau [38] of our
   respective names.

 [30] https://reddit.com/r/debian
 [31] https://twitter.com/Debian
 [32] https://wiki.debian.org/
 [33] https://debian.org/
 [34] https://www.spi-inc.org/
 [35] https://dsa.debian.org/
 [36] https://wiki.debian.org/DDCertificate
 [37] https://eo-college.org/sarbian/
 [38] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau

And finally...

In case you missed it:

 * Debian 9.4 was released. [39]

 * The Call for Proposals for the Hamburg MiniDebconf in May [40] was
   announced [41] and looks like it will be well-attended. I intend to present
   on (at least) diffoscope [42] at this event.

 * The DebConf18 Call for Proposals (CfP) also remains open. [43]

 [39] https://lists.debian.org/debian-announce/2018/msg00000.html
 [40] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2018/MiniDebConfHamburg#Talks_wanted_.28CfP.29
 [41] https://lists.debian.org/debconf-mini-hamburg/2018/02/msg00000.html
 [42] https://diffoscope.org/
 [43] https://debconf18.debconf.org/cfp/

See you all next month! Well, I hope…

Best wishes,

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



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