Bits from the DPL (May 2018)
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My fellow developers,
Greetings from a rather muggy London… Here's an overview of what I've been
getting up to as your Project leader during May 2018:
* I attended the MiniDebConf in Hamburg, Germany  where I gave a brief
talk on the "diffoscope"  tool as well as provided an update on the
Reproducible Builds  effort.
In addition to this I had a number of extremely interesting conversations
as DPL including many on the "inside baseball"  of event planning and
the intersection between the roles of the Anti-Harrassment team  and
the Debian Account Managers . From these latter discussions, I
followed-up by arranging a brief conference call between these two teams
Regarding the MiniDebConf itself, it was great to see such an excellent
turnout and so much work being done in the various sprints. Thank you to
the Video Team, frontdesk, the venue staff, etc. for their efforts but I
would like to express a very deep and particular thanks to Holger Levsen
for leading the organisation of the event.
* I accepted an invitation for Debian to join the KDE Advisory Board , a
"space for organisations to support KDE by giving feedback on their
activities and decisions". I plan to follow-up with the Qt/KDE team
shortly, but in the meantime solicit any opinions or ideas from DDs on
how we can improve our long-term relationship with this project.
* I updated the delegation for the Publicity Team . As I wrote in my re-
delegation text  I would like to thank Ana Guerrero Lopez (ana) and
Cédric Boutillier (boutil).
* I also have had further discussions with some DDs regarding the possible
creation of new teams, as well as made steps towards some NEW queue 
processing changes and resuming regular ftpmaster  meetings.
* It was regrettably another rather "involved" month with respect to issues
in the anti-harrassment space in both volume and severity of incidents.
Developers should remember that, at the very least, "sub-optimal"
behaviour in other communities reflects poorly on the Project too, let
[ 0] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2018/MiniDebConfHamburg
[ 1] https://diffoscope.org
[ 2] https://reproducible-builds.org
[ 3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_baseball_(metaphor)
[ 4] https://wiki.debian.org/AntiHarassment
[ 5] https://wiki.debian.org/DAManager
[ 6] https://ev.kde.org/advisoryboard.php
[ 7] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Publicity
[ 8] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/05/msg00004.html
[ 9] https://ftp-master.debian.org/new.html
Future of Debian's LWN subscription
As you may be aware, one of the long-time benefits of being Debian Developer
 has been access to Linux Weekly News (LWN)  graciously sponsored by
Unfortunately HP let me know this month that they would be unable to
continue this arrangement due to the company's split into Hewlett Packard
Enterprise as well as their merger with MicroFocus.
However, after persuing a significant number of leads I managed to secure an
alternative source of funding for this benefit so DDs can continue to enjoy
uninterrupted access to the free software "paper of record".
More details to be announced shortly, but in the meantime many thanks to
Jonathan Corbet for his patience and assistance.
Finances & event reimbursements
In addition to responding to various follow-ups to previous requests:
* I approved the budget for DebConf18 .
* Provided clarification on the source of funds for GSoC 2018 .
* Located some missing emails for our Trusted Organisations  as well as
ensured that some ancient reimbursements were being attended to.
In terms of specific events, I fielded requests for: MiniDebconfHamburg
, OSCAL 2018 ,Linuxcon, China , a Debian Perl sprint , the
recent UEFI "Secure Boot" sprint, and a potential Debian "cryptsetup"
Bug Squashing Parties
Don't forget that Debian is willing to reimburse 100 USD of expenses to
attend a Bug Squashing Party (BSP) . If there are no BSPs near to you,
please consider organising one .
Reimbursement requests should meet the following conditions:
* The requester should be a contributor of some description or have
otherwise demonstrated a commitment to perform that kind of work.
* The requester agrees to communicate their activities during the event,
such as posting to Planet Debian . The goal being to motivate others
via the increased visibility of such efforts.
In addition to all of the above, I spent time on:
* Liasing with GitLab  both in a private and public capacity with
respect to our migration from Alioth to Salsa .
* Discussing a potential scenario where we could provide hardware
encryption keys for all Developers, partly as another benefit of being a
DD  but moreoever to raise the general level of security in the
Project. Unfortunately, this now appears like it will not happen.
* Redirecting support queries/questions sent to the leader@ alias as well
as responding to feedback from my previous «Bits from the DPL».
* Drafting my reply to an interview request from the "LibreSur"
Argentinian free software community.
* Issuing a DD certificate  for a Developer. (Note that these are
also now available for Debian Maintainers.)
* Following-up with Microsoft to request some Windows Subsystem for Linux
 merchandise in time for DebConf18 .
* Recording an episode of the Destination Linux podcast  to be
released early next month.
* Enqueuing various ideas for "micronews" for approval by the
Publicity Team .
In case you missed it:
* The charges against Dimitry Bogotov have been dropped, although with
some caveats. 
* We have an extensive number of GSoC  and Outreachy  interns
and projects. 
* autopkgtests  now influence migration to testing. 
* wheezy LTS support is reaching end-of-life .
* The videos from the recent Hamburg MiniDebConf are available. 
* Alioth really is going away… 
Great, see you all next month. As usual, I would like to request 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 and/or difficult to bring up elsewhere are always welcome.
Please address these to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
: :' : Chris Lamb
`. `'` email@example.com / chris-lamb.co.uk
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