Bits from the DPL (April 2018)
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This is the first "Bits…" from my second term as the DPL. As I mention
elsewhere I feel it is a privilege simply to be a Debian Developer let
alone to be selected as your representative — again, a profound thank
you for placing your trust in me for a second term. :)
Anyway, here's a brief outline of what I've been getting up to as your
Project leader during April 2018:
* I've been slowly contacting the various core teams that make up
Debian  and enquiring about their current makeup and concerns.
This month, I had conversations with members of the anti-harrassment
 and Publicity  teams and hope to make some announcements
there next month.
I also have been in talks with a few developers regarding the
creation of possible new teams as well as made some initial steps
towards some NEW queue processing changes.
* I attended my two Open Source Initiative  board meetings on
behalf of the Project. As part of this appointment I represent our
interests and use any experience or contacts to help the free
software community in general.
* Regrettably, it was another month where significant DPL energy
needed to be spent addressing and chasing behavioural / anti-
harrassment issues. Thank you to all those involved and also
who have provided invaluable support and advice.
* I have also been in touch with a number of external orgs, companies
and events who have expressed a desire to partner with us in some
way. Depending on the situation this might be financially, via
hardware donations, by providing space for Bug Squashing Parties
, or simply by mutually acknowledging our involvement to a
greater degree. I plan to share more when I things are more
* In event planning, I made some personal invitations for people in
and around Asia to attend DebConf18  as well as added a Code of
Conduct to the MiniDebConf Hamburg  wiki pages.
A fair amount of time was spent on financial issues this month such as:
* The DebConf18  budget.
* Status of a now-defunct Trusted Organisation (TO) , as well as
providing advice on which TO to claim reimbursements from.
* Helped Joey Schulze unpick and follow-up to a non-trivial number of
complicated, incomplete or ambiguous reimbursement requests,
including one from 2016 (!).
* Ensuring the continuity of Debian's LWN  subscription.
I also responded to specific funding requests for purchasing YubiKeys
 for Debian FTP work , a new disk for the hasse  armhf
build daemon and new fans for other servers.
In terms of events, I fielded specific requests for:
* OSCAL 2018  in Tirana, Albania.
* MiniDebConf Hamburg 2018  (including security team  and
Debian Edu  sprints as well as video team  hardware
* A Kosovo-based event around Google Summer of Code .
* WeAreDevelopers  in Vienna, Austria.
Lastly, whilst Debian had previously offered to provide funding for
pizza at the "SpinachCon"  user testing event that was part of
LibrePlanet 2018 , Deb Nicholson contacted us to let us know that
she was going to cover it herself. Thanks!
Bug Squashing Parties
Don't forget that Debian is willing to reimburse up to 100 USD for
expenses to attend Bug Squashing Parties (BSPs) . If there are no
BSPs near to you, please do consider organising one .
Reimbursement requests should meet the following conditions:
* The requester agrees to communicate about their activities during
the event such as posting to Planet Debian . The goal here
being to increase visibility of such efforts.
* The requester should be a Debian contributor of some description or
have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to do that kind of work.
In addition to all of the above, I spent time on:
* Participating in the discussion regarding selling Debian-related
media on Amazon and how the GDPR  may affect the Project, as
well as dealing with a problematic online community based around
* Redirecting more support queries and questions sent to the leader@
alias, particularly ones regarding getting started with contributing
to Debian, other followups to previous "Bits...", and miscellaneous
trademark enquiries, etc.
* As part of Debian's presence on the GNOME Advisory Board I requested
some clarification on their downstream branding guidelines.
* I wore my "DPL hat" a handful of times, offering to provide a
job reference, to be a contact point for an initiative to foster
adoption of free software in west Africa and by seconding a GitLab
feature request  upon request by a Developer.
I would like to repeat a request I have made in previous months for any
feedback on my activities as your Project Leader as well as how I could
communicate them more effectively to you. :)
Naturally, any other questions or concerns about the Project that would
be inappropriate or difficult to bring up elsewhere, etc. are always
welcome. Please address these to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
In case you missed it:
* Jonathan Carter ("highvoltage") is publishing a "Package of the Day"
video series. 
* The "buster" release timetable as well as the codename for Debian 12
was announced. 
* Debian's Google Summer of Code students were announced. 
* Alioth is going away really soon! 
Phew, see you all next month. Indeed, I hope to see many of you
in-person as at the Hamburg MiniDebConf…
: :' : Chris Lamb
`. `'` email@example.com / chris-lamb.co.uk
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