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Bits from the DPL (October 2018)

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Dear developers,

"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
provided support.

                              ~ § ~

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 [0] 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. [1]

 * Fielded a number of questions and queries around the Server Side
   Public License [2] and the "Commons Clause" [3] 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) [4].

 * Updated the delegation for the DebConf committee. [5]

 * Enquired and requested updates about the membership of a number of
   Debian teams such as the Trademark [6] and Anti Harassment [7]
   teams. I also sent a brief call-for-volunteers for the FTP team. [8]

 * Redirected the usual requests for private support including ensuring
   an enquiry regarding about Debian and the future of C++ packaging
   [9] 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" [10] conference in Gothenburg, Sweden during
   April 2019, as well as issued a "DD certificate" [11] for
   a Developer.

 [ 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
 [10] http://foss-north.se/
 [11] https://wiki.debian.org/DDCertificate

                              ~ § ~

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
   Karlsruhe. [12]

 * Approved sponsorship for some developers to attend the Reproducible
   Builds [13] summit in December and another contributor to attend the
   Open Source Design Summit [14] in Tirana, Albania.

 * Managed a number of funding requests around the Google Summer of
   Code [15] mentor summit.

 * Assisted a developer regarding which Trusted Organisation (TO) [16]
   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 [17] sprint,
   increased the request amount for the recent Debian Cloud [18] sprint
   (due to local currency fluctuations) and provided input on what
   could be requested to a developer in the early stages of arranging
   an event.

 [12] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/09/msg00000.html
 [13] https://reproducible-builds.org/events/paris2018/
 [14] https://opensourcedesign.net/summit/
 [15] https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/
 [16] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Treasurer/Organizations
 [17] https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/Videoteam
 [18] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Cloud

                              ~ § ~

Don't forget that Debian is willing to reimburse 100 USD (or equivalent
in your local currency) to attend Bug Squashing Parties (BSP) [19].
Indeed, in case you missed it, there's a BSP arranged to occur in Bern,
Switzerland between November 30th and December 2nd [20]. If there are no
BSPs near to you, please do consider organising one. [21] [22]

 [19] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP
 [20] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/10/msg00003.html
 [21] https://wiki.debian.org/BSPPlanning
 [22] https://wiki.debian.org/HostingBSP

                              ~ § ~

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 leader@debian.org.

See you all next month but happy Halloween in the meantime…

Best wishes,

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



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