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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 [0] where I gave a brief
   talk on the "diffoscope" [1] tool as well as provided an update on the
   Reproducible Builds [2] effort.

   In addition to this I had a number of extremely interesting conversations
   as DPL including many on the "inside baseball" [3] of event planning and
   the intersection between the roles of the Anti-Harrassment team [4] and
   the Debian Account Managers [5]. From these latter discussions, I
   followed-up by arranging a brief conference call between these two teams
   and myself.

   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 [6], 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 [7]. As I wrote in my re-
   delegation text [8] 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 [9]
   processing changes and resuming regular ftpmaster [10] 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
   alone themselves…

 [ 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
 [10] https://ftp-master.debian.org/

Future of Debian's LWN subscription

As you may be aware, one of the long-time benefits of being Debian Developer
[11] has been access to Linux Weekly News (LWN) [12] 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.

 [11] https://wiki.debian.org/MemberBenefits
 [12] http://www.lwn.net/

Finances & event reimbursements

In addition to responding to various follow-ups to previous requests:

 * I approved the budget for DebConf18 [13].

 * Provided clarification on the source of funds for GSoC 2018 [14].

 * Located some missing emails for our Trusted Organisations [15] as well as
   ensured that some ancient reimbursements were being attended to.

In terms of specific events, I fielded requests for: MiniDebconfHamburg
[16], OSCAL 2018 [17],Linuxcon, China [18], a Debian Perl sprint [19], the
recent UEFI "Secure Boot" sprint, and a potential Debian "cryptsetup"

 [13] https://debconf18.debconf.org/
 [14] https://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2018
 [15] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Treasurer/Organizations
 [16] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2018/MiniDebConfHamburg
 [17] https://oscal.openlabs.cc/
 [18] https://www.lfasiallc.com/events/lc3-2018/
 [19] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebianPerlGroup

Bug Squashing Parties

Don't forget that Debian is willing to reimburse 100 USD of expenses to
attend a Bug Squashing Party (BSP) [20]. If there are no BSPs near to you,
please consider organising one [21].

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 [22]. The goal being to motivate others
   via the increased visibility of such efforts.

 [20] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DPL/Reimbursement
 [21] https://wiki.debian.org/BSPPlanning
 [22] https://planet.debian.org/


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

 * Liasing with GitLab [23] both in a private and public capacity with
   respect to our migration from Alioth to Salsa [24].

 * Discussing a potential scenario where we could provide hardware
   encryption keys for all Developers, partly as another benefit of being a
   DD [25] 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 [26] for a Developer. (Note that these are
   also now available for Debian Maintainers.)

 * Following-up with Microsoft to request some Windows Subsystem for Linux
   [27] merchandise in time for DebConf18 [28].

 * Recording an episode of the Destination Linux podcast [29] to be
   released early next month.

 * Enqueuing various ideas for "micronews" for approval by the
   Publicity Team [30].

 [23] https://gitlab.com/
 [24] https://wiki.debian.org/Salsa/AliothMigration
 [25] https://wiki.debian.org/MemberBenefits
 [26] https://wiki.debian.org/DDCertificate
 [27] https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2018/03/06/debian-gnulinux-for-wsl-now-available-in-the-windows-store/
 [28] https://debconf18.debconf.org/
 [29] https://destinationlinux.org/
 [30] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Publicity

And finally…

In case you missed it:

 * The charges against Dimitry Bogotov have been dropped, although with
   some caveats. [31]

 * We have an extensive number of GSoC [32] and Outreachy [33] interns
   and projects. [34]

 * autopkgtests [35] now influence migration to testing. [36]

 * wheezy LTS support is reaching end-of-life [37].

 * The videos from the recent Hamburg MiniDebConf are available. [38]

 * Alioth really is going away… [39]

 [31] https://meduza.io/en/feature/2018/05/23/russia-finds-a-new-tor-criminal
 [32] https://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2018
 [33] https://www.outreachy.org/
 [34] https://bits.debian.org/2018/05/welcome-gsoc2018-and-outreachy-interns.html
 [35] https://ci.debian.net/
 [36] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/05/msg00001.html
 [37] https://wiki.debian.org/LTS
 [38] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2018/MiniDebConfHamburg#Schedule
 [39] https://wiki.debian.org/Salsa/AliothMigration

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 <leader@debian.org>.

Best wishes,

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



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