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Bits from the Debian Project Leader (January 2019)

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Dear developers,

Greetings from a snowy Europe. ⛄  "Buster is coming…"

Here follows a brief overview of what I've been getting up to as your
Project Leader during the past month. For those interested in the
numbers, January was another busy month in the DPL inbox with just shy
of 500 non-spam mails received and — including this one — just over
100 emails sent.

                              ~ § ~

 * I updated the delegation for the Release Team [0]. As I wrote in my
   redelegation text [1] this represents Paul Gevers (elbrus) joining
   as a Release Assistant — welcome.

 * On behalf on the Debian Project I co-signed an affirmation of the
   "Open Source Definition" [2] (based on our own Free Software
   Guidelines [3]) and the OSI's role as a steward of said Definition.
   This will be published in early February.

 * I was also delighted to furnish Software in the Public Interest,
   Inc. [4] with a brief overview of Debian's activities throughout
   2018 for their annual report. SPI is Debian's primary holder of
   substantial legal assets such as domain names, funds and
   trademarks, etc.

 * Finalised arrangements for a Bug Squashing Party [5] in Gothenburg,
   Sweden during April 2019 as part of the foss-north [6] conference. I
   subsequently posted an announcement [7] and briefly assisted in the
   announcements of the Austin [8] and Berlin [9] BSPs.

 * I made a call for potential nominations for the 2019 Open Source
   Initiative [10] board elections. As an "affiliate" of the OSI,
   Debian may nominate a candidate in such an election [11].

 * Issued signed "DD certificates" [12] for a number of Developers and
   maintainers as part of new employment or positions in academic
   institutions, etc. If you are a DD, a DM or a Debian Contributor and
   you'd like official certification of that, you may ask the DPL to
   generate one for you; please email leader@debian.org.

 * "Attended" a number of conference calls on a currently-embargoed
   trademark issue, the Server Side Public License [13] as well as
   further follow-ups the "Commons Clause" [14] license amendment.

 * Replied to to an generalised invitation for a developers to attend
   the WeAreDevelopers "World Congress" [15] in Berlin 2019 and
   responded to a company who are using Debian for their embedded
   product who wished to check "the correct usage of the GPL", pointing
   them towards a competent copyright attorney.

 * Assisted a Debian Developer by physically authoring a recommendation
   for an immigration application, provided some quick assistance
   regarding announcing a large donation, and responded to a invitation
   to attend the New York Linux Users Group (NYLUG) [16].

 * Responded to a number of responses to my previous "Bits from the
   DPL" and redirected the usual requests for private support,
   including one enquiry on the "freeness" of the firmware in non-free.

 [ 0] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/ReleaseTeam
 [ 1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/01/msg00009.html
 [ 2] https://opensource.org/osd
 [ 3] https://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
 [ 4] https://spi-inc.org
 [ 5] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP
 [ 6] http://foss-north.se/
 [ 7] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/01/msg00006.html
 [ 8] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/01/msg00004.html
 [ 9] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/01/msg00003.html
 [10] https://opensource.org/
 [11] https://opensource.org/node/963
 [12] https://wiki.debian.org/DDCertificate
 [13] https://www.mongodb.com/licensing/server-side-public-license
 [14] https://lwn.net/Articles/763179/
 [15] https://www.wearedevelopers.com/world-congress/
 [16] https://www.meetup.com/nylug-meetings/

                              ~ § ~

We have a huge number of events coming up in the month(s)
ahead, including:

 * February 2nd → February 3rd: FOSDEM. [17]

 * February 9th → February 10th: Berlin, Germany. [18]

 * February 9th → February 10th: Bratislava, Slovakia. [19]

 * February 22nd → February 24th: Bonn, Germany. [20]

 * February 28th → March 3rd: Laveno, Italy. [21]

 * March 8th → March 10th: Cambridge, United Kingdom. [22]

 * April 5th → April 8th: Salzburg, Austria. [23]

 * April 7th: Gothenburg, Sweden. [24]

… and there will naturally a large number of developers and contributors
Belgium in early February for other FOSDEM-related roles/events such as
CopyleftConf [25], Config Management Camp [26], etc.

 [17] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/be/2019/FOSDEM
 [18] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2019/02/de/Berlin
 [19] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2019/02/sk/Bratislava
 [20] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2019/02/de/Bonn
 [21] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianEvents/it/2019/SnowCamp
 [22] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2019/03/gb/Cambridge
 [23] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2019/04/Salzburg
 [24] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2019/04/se/Gothenburg
 [25] https://sfconservancy.org/news/2018/apr/30/copyleft-conf/
 [26] https://cfgmgmtcamp.eu/

If there are no Bug Squashing Parties (BSP) planned near you, both in
time and space, please do consider organising one [27][28] — Debian is
willing to reimburse 100 USD (or equivalent) to attend BSPs [29] which
can help encourage people to come.

 [27] https://wiki.debian.org/BSPPlanning
 [28] https://wiki.debian.org/HostingBSP
 [29] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP

                              ~ § ~

In financial matters, I approved:

 * A significant expense to replace our DSA-maintained [30] core
   mirroring infrastructure. This would — inter alia — separate the
   public-facing and backend roles and improve the uplink connection
   from 1Gbps to 10Gbps.

 * Expenses for two Developers to perform a reconnaissance of likely
   DebConf20 [31] locations (Lisbon & Haifa). This resulted in a report
   being sent to the debconf-team mailing list [32]. In addition, I
   asked some initial questions on a preliminary budget for
   DebConf19 [33].

 * Funding for a DebianMed [34] sprint that planned to take place in
   March 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania [35].

 * Travel expenses for an additional Developer to attend the DebConf
   Video Team [36] Sprint [37] at Linux Belgium [38] in Diegem.

 * Funding for Debian Ports [39] to purchase some replacement drives as
   the previous systems' drives were outdated and physically did
   not fit.

 * Food expenses for the Bug Squashing Party (BSP) that took place in
   Montreal, Canada [40] and for parallel expenses for the BSP in
   Bratislava, Slovakia [41].

 [30] https://dsa.debian.org/
 [31] https://wiki.debian.org/DebConf/20
 [32] https://lists.debian.org/debconf-team/2019/01/msg00008.html
 [33] https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf19
 [34] https://wiki.debian.org/DebianMed
 [35] https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints/2019/DebianMed2019
 [36] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebConf/Video
 [37] https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints/2019/DebConf%20Video%20team%20sprint%20@%20FOSDEM%202019
 [38] http://linuxbe.com/
 [39] https://www.ports.debian.org/
 [40] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2019/01/ca/Montreal
 [41] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2019/02/sk/Bratislava

Finally, I followed up on a company requesting a receipt for their
donation, responding to a developer requesting travel sponsorship to
PyCon Namibia [42] and handled some travel reimbursements around the
recent Reproducible Builds summit [43] in Paris, France.

 [42] https://na.pycon.org/
 [43] https://reproducible-builds.org/events/paris2018/

                              ~ § ~

Just in case you missed it, the Debian 10 'buster' freeze has very much
begun ☃! [44]  Here's to "Buster" in 2019 and see you all next month…

 [44] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/01/msg00008.html

Best wishes,

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



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