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Bits from the DPL (September 2018)

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Dear developers,

Summer is very much behind us in England now so here follows a somewhat
chillier overview of what I've been getting up to as your Project Leader
during September 2018. For various reasons I consciously took the odd
weekend day entirely "away" from the leader@ inbox, so please excuse any
delays to replying to your correspondence this month.

 * Fielded yet more questions and queries around the "Commons Clause"
   [0] license condition (of which I was the maintainer of a package in
   question) as well an unrelated trademark issue.

 * Whilst it feels a very long time ago now, I was still delighted to
   be invited to sign my name to some "thank you" letters to university
   and government-related organisations organisations/individuals
   involved with DebConf18 [1].

   Don't forget that videos have now been uploaded to the video archive
   [2] and, of course, one can be making amends for any absence by
   planning travel well in-advance of DebConf19 [3].

 * Began early discussions regarding a collaboration between Debian and
   the the 2019 edition of the "foss-north" [4] conference in
   Gothenburg, Sweden during April.

 * Provided further assistance to Tobias Frost around his proposal for
   a packaging "salvaging" process which he recently published via
   debian-devel-announce [5].

 [0] https://lwn.net/Articles/763179/
 [1] https://debconf18.debconf.org/
 [2] https://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2018/DebConf18/
 [3] https://debconf19.debconf.org/
 [4] http://foss-north.se/
 [5] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/09/msg00003.html

Finances & event reimbursements

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

 * Approved a funding request for a contributor to attend the Google
   Summer of Code [6] mentor summit as well as confirmed and
   recommitted Debian to their involvement in the Winter 2018/2019
   Outreachy internships [7].

 * Followed a discussion regarding Debian Partner [8] Bytemark [9] now
   that it has been acquired by IOMart [10].

 * Approved funding for a Debian Cloud Team [11] sprint to be held in
   Seattle, Washington between October 8th-10th [12].

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

 * Approved a small request to reimbursement for one Developer who sent
   a "swag bag" of DebConf18 [14] goodies to another who was highly-
   involved participated from a distance (thanks!), as well as approving
   an extension to a DebConf travel bursary request.

In addition, I have been participating in a larger and (alas) currently
private discussions regarding some potential larger donations.

 [ 6] https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/
 [ 7] http://outreachy.org/
 [ 8] https://www.debian.org/partners/
 [ 9] http://www.bytemark.co.uk/r/deb-partners
 [10] https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/30/iomart_buys_north_yorks_cloud_biz_bytemark/
 [11] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Cloud
 [12] https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints/2018/DebianCloudOct2018
 [13] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Treasurer/Organizations
 [14] https://debconf18.debconf.org/


In addition to the above, I spent time on:

 * Participating in the discussion regarding selling Debian-related
   media on Amazon, as well as one regarding the people-power involved
   in the Debian Trademark team [15].

 * Forwarding a thought-provoking and somewhat controversial (!) idea of
   Eric Holscher's to the debconf-discuss mailing list which generated
   a lively debate. [16]

 * Responding to a query sent to the leader@ alias regarding potential
   changes/concerns regarding the handling of the NEW queue [17] as
   well as improving the transparency of anti-harassment complaints.

 * Issuing a "DD certificate" for a Developer.

 * More discussions around a potential Debian Cloud team [18]
   delegation and administration around the Google Summer of Code [19]
   outreach program.

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

 * Enqueuing a few ideas for "micronews" [20] for subsequent publishing
   by the Publicity Team [21].

 [15] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DPL/Trademark
 [16] https://lists.debian.org/debconf-discuss/2018/09/msg00001.html
 [17] https://ftp-master.debian.org/new.html
 [18] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Cloud
 [19] https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/
 [20] https://micronews.debian.org/
 [21] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Publicity

And finally…

In case you missed it:

 * There's a Bug Squashing Party happening right now (!) in Chemnitz,
   Germany [22].

 * The Release Team provided a timely reminder regarding the transition
   & freeze deadlines for Debian "buster". It also includes an update on
   how the autopkgtest [23] results have been affecting migration from
   unstable to testing. [24]

 * There will be a Debian Bug Squashing Party (BSP) in Karlsruhe,
   Germany between 26th-28th October [25]. Don't forget Debian is
   willing to reimburse 100 USD (or equivalent) to attend Bug Squashing
   Parties (BSP) [26]. If there are no BSPs near to you, please do
   consider organising one [27][28].

 [22] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2018/09/de/Chemnitz
 [23] https://ci.debian.net/
 [24] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/09/msg00004.html
 [25] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/09/msg00000.html
 [26] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP
 [27] https://wiki.debian.org/BSPPlanning
 [28] https://wiki.debian.org/HostingBSP

I would like to repeat my usual request for any feedback, etc. Naturally,
any other questions or concerns about the Project that would be
inappropriate or difficult to bring up elsewhere are always welcome
too — please address them to leader@debian.org.

Best wishes,

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

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