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Bits from the DPL (August 2018)

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Dear developers,

Greetings from a glorious "Indian summer" in England…

Whilst it feels a long time ago now it was great to connect with so
many of you at DebConf18 [0] despite the many demands being made on all
our time. Don't forget that if you were unable to (physically) attend
all videos have now been uploaded to the video archive [1] and, of
course, you can be making amends by planning your travel well in-advance
of DebConf19 [2] in Curitiba, Brazil…

It was a further pleasure to see so many people celebrating Debian's
25th anniversary on August 16th on social media, in the technical press
and at so many in-person "DebianDay" [3] events around the world. Alas,
at the last moment I was not unable to attend the event in Cambridge [4].

 [ 0] https://debconf18.debconf.org/
 [ 1] https://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2018/DebConf18/
 [ 2] https://debconf19.debconf.org/
 [ 3] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianDay/2018
 [ 4] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianDay/2018#DebianDay.2F2018.2FUnited_Kingdom.2FCambridge.United_Kingdom:_Cambridge


Anyway, here's a brief overview of what else I've been getting up to as
your Project Leader during August 2018:

 * I updated the delegation for the Policy Team. As I write in my re-
   delegation text [5] I would like to thank Andreas Barth (aba) and
   Bill Allombert (ballombe) for their many contributions over
   the years.

 * In June, I accepted an invitation for Debian to join the KDE
   Advisory Board [6] and subsequently helped draft a press release
   announcing the news [7]. In this capacity I attended Akademy [8]
   where I was particularly taken Neofytos Kolokotronis talk on KDE's
   onboarding process (covered on LWN [9] this week) but also found the
   Distro BoF [10] very illuminating. Here, a large and diverse group of
   small distributions shared their approaches to common problems,
   especially with respect to interacting with large upstream projects.

 * I also updated the delegation for the Keyring Maintainers [11].
   Thanks to Daniel Kahn Gillmor (dkg) for his past contributions and a
   warm welcome to John Sullivan to the team.

 * Online followups to a conference call with Deb Nicholson from the
   Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) [12], Chris Neugebauer of North
   Bay Python [13] and Bdale Garbee (bdale). This was regarding
   speakers, content, sponsor engagement, etc. for conferences that
   projects such as Debian and the SFC would be happy associating
   themselves with. The plan is now that this will result in a public
   document that we have been revising together.

 * Fielding a number of license-specific questions and queries,
   particularly around the recent announcement of the "Commons Clause"
   license [14] condition (of which I am the maintainer of a package in
   question) as well an unrelated trademark issue.

 * Facilitating a number of informal in-person and online meetings from
   enterprises who currently use Debian, as well as those considering
   adopting it.

 * Providing further assistance to Tobias Frost around his proposal for
   a packaging "salvaging" process, the discussion phase of which is
   nearing completion [15].

 [ 5] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/08/msg00002.html
 [ 6] https://ev.kde.org/advisoryboard.php
 [ 7] https://dot.kde.org/2018/07/12/debian-joins-kdes-advisory-board
 [ 8] https://akademy.kde.org/2018
 [ 9] https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/763175/67e76c9922db60dd/
 [10] https://community.kde.org/Akademy/2018/Monday#Room_127_.2837_people.29_-_13th_August
 [11] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/08/msg00007.html
 [12] https://sfconservancy.org/
 [13] https://northbaypython.org/
 [14] https://lwn.net/Articles/763179/
 [15] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/08/msg00006.html

Finances & event reimbursements

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

 * Helped finalise reimbursements for a sprint [16] that happened as
   part of MiniDebConf Hamburg [17] in May.

 * Blessed the purchasing of some 24-core "arm64" buildds [18] to be
   installed in the University of British Columbia [19].

 * Approved the booking of hotel reservations for DebConf19 [20].

 * Connected a number of Developers with our Trusted Organisations [21]
   to locate missing reimbursements.

 * In terms of specific events I fielded enquiries for the "DebUtsav
   2018 Kochi" [22] event in Kerala, India and for the "FTSL" [23]
   free-software conferences in Curitiba, Brazil.

 [16] https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints
 [17] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/de/2018/MiniDebConfHamburg
 [18] https://wiki.debian.org/buildd
 [19] https://www.ubc.ca/
 [20] https://debconf19.debconf.org/
 [21] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Treasurer/Organizations
 [22] http://debutsav.in
 [23] http://ftsl.org.br/


In addition to the above, I spent time on:

 * Early/initial discussions around a potential Debian Cloud [24]
   team delegation.

 * A non-trivial amount of administration around the Google Summer of
   Code [25] outreach program.

 * Redirecting support queries/questions sent to the leader@ alias as
   well as responding to feedback from my previous «Bits from the DPL».

 * Issuing a "DD certificate" [26] for a Developer as part of a
   job application.

 * Enqueuing various ideas for "micronews" [27] for approval by the
   Publicity Team [28] and copy-editing an upcoming edition of Debian
   Project News [29].

 * Last month I mentioned that Debian had reached over 100,000 installs
   on the Windows Subsystem for Linux [30] platform. I was subsequently
   asked by a number of developers for a public citation for this
   statistic (it was revealed to me in private correspondence) but
   after significant research I was unable to obtain one, alas.

 * Providing advice on how to best promote the Libre Application Summit
   [31] in Denver, Colorado to Debian developers and contributors.

 [24] https://wiki.debian.org/Cloud
 [25] https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/
 [26] https://wiki.debian.org/DDCertificate
 [27] https://micronews.debian.org/
 [28] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Publicity
 [29] https://www.debian.org/News/weekly/
 [30] https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/wsl/
 [31] https://las.gnome.org/conferences/LAS

And finally…

In case you missed it:

 * Helmut Grohne announced a Bug Squashing Party on 28th—30th September
   in Chemnitz, Germany [32] and Ian Jackson announced a Debian/Xen
   microsprint in Cambridge, UK [33].

 * Debian is willing to reimburse 100 USD (or equivalent) for expenses
   to attend Bug Squashing Parties (BSP) [34]. If there are no BSPs
   near to you, perhaps you can be tempted to organise one [35].

   Indeed, ff the are any "blockers" to you organising such events,
   please contribute to the recent thread [36] on the debian-project
   mailing list.

 [32] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2018/09/de/Chemnitz
 [33] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/08/msg00005.html
 [34] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP
 [35] https://wiki.debian.org/BSPPlanning
 [36] https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2018/08/msg00004.html

Okay, see you all next month. As always, don't forget that any queries,
feedback, questions or concerns about the Project that might be
difficult to bring up in public are welcome at .

Best wishes,

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