Bits from the DPL (October 2018)
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"Winter is coming"… But so is Debian buster — if your weather is cooling
remember to keep your room warm from the heat eminating from your (RC-
bug fixing) machine. And if your temperature happens to be rising
instead please head out onto the deck/porch/balcony and do the same with
your beverage of choice.
~ § ~
October was unfortunately another month where most of my available
bandwidth for the Project Leader role was consumed with mediating
inter- personal, intra-project and adjacent issues in the anti-
harrassment space, both in terms volume and severity.
Whilst dealing-with and keeping on top of these matters is somewhat
unavoidable and inevitable they tragically take away time that the
Leader could be working on such as working on longer-term Project
affairs. Thank you to those who helped & provided insight into the
issues themselves as well as to those who knowingly and unknowingly
~ § ~
Despite the above, I managed to get most of the quotidian tasks of being
DPL out of the way including:
* Officially announced the creation of the Debian Cloud  Delegates.
They will be responsible for overseeing the maintainance of
"official" images on various cloud providers. Thank you to Luca
Filipozzi for his help in preparing this delegation. 
* Fielded a number of questions and queries around the Server Side
Public License  and the "Commons Clause"  the latter of which
I was the maintainer of a package in question as well adding some
remarks regarding an upcoming announcement from the Civil
Infrastructure Platform (CIP) .
* Updated the delegation for the DebConf committee. 
* Enquired and requested updates about the membership of a number of
Debian teams such as the Trademark  and Anti Harassment 
teams. I also sent a brief call-for-volunteers for the FTP team. 
* Redirected the usual requests for private support including ensuring
an enquiry regarding about Debian and the future of C++ packaging
 reached debian-devel. I also had a few tentative / in-progress
talks with some well-established organisations & companies wishing
to partner with Debian.
* Further help in setting up a potential Bug Squashing Party as part
of the "foss-north"  conference in Gothenburg, Sweden during
April 2019, as well as issued a "DD certificate"  for
[ 0] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Cloud
[ 1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/10/msg00001.html
[ 2] https://www.mongodb.com/licensing/server-side-public-license
[ 3] https://lwn.net/Articles/763179/
[ 4] https://www.cip-project.org/
[ 5] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/10/msg00000.html
[ 6] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DPL/Trademark
[ 7] https://wiki.debian.org/AntiHarassment
[ 8] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2018/10/msg00144.html
[ 9] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2018/10/msg00044.html
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On the finance side of things, in addition to responding to various
follow-ups to previous money and event-related requests I:
* Approved expenses for a Debian Bug Squashing Party (BSP) in
* Approved sponsorship for some developers to attend the Reproducible
Builds  summit in December and another contributor to attend the
Open Source Design Summit  in Tirana, Albania.
* Managed a number of funding requests around the Google Summer of
Code  mentor summit.
* Assisted a developer regarding which Trusted Organisation (TO) 
they should use for a reimbursement request, provided some input on
the potential future of one of our existing TOs and sent multiple
pings to another TO that has appeared to have gone AWOL.
* Chased up missing reimbursement for a Videoteam  sprint,
increased the request amount for the recent Debian Cloud  sprint
(due to local currency fluctuations) and provided input on what
could be requested to a developer in the early stages of arranging
~ § ~
Don't forget that Debian is willing to reimburse 100 USD (or equivalent
in your local currency) to attend Bug Squashing Parties (BSP) .
Indeed, in case you missed it, there's a BSP arranged to occur in Bern,
Switzerland between November 30th and December 2nd . If there are no
BSPs near to you, please do consider organising one.  
~ § ~
I would like to repeat my usual request for any feedback. Other
questions or concerns about the Project that would be difficult to bring
up elsewhere are welcome too — please address them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you all next month but happy Halloween in the meantime…
: :' : Chris Lamb
`. `'` email@example.com / chris-lamb.co.uk
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