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Bits from the Debian Project Leader (February 2019)

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Dear developers,

The countdown to Debian 10 'buster' truly began last month with the
introduction of the "soft" freeze (ie. no new packages, etc.) [0] which
will be followed by the upcoming "full" freeze on 12th March [1]. See
below on various Bug Squashing Parties (BSPs) which also link to
documentation on how to find and fix our — at the time of writing —
363^W373 Release Critical (RC) bugs.

Anyway, here follows a brief overview of what I've been getting up to as
your Project Leader during February. Again, for those interested in such
numbers, it was reasonably busy month in the DPL inbox with over 300 non-
spam mails received and just shy of 100 emails sent… [2]

 [ 0] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/02/msg00008.html
 [ 1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/01/msg00008.html
 [ 2] https://i.imgur.com/O1MO941.jpg

                              ~ § ~

 * I ee-appointed Kurt Roeckx to the Project Secretary position for
   another term. Thanks, Kurt. [3]

 * Made a request on behalf of Debian's Trademark Team [4] (who deal
   with requests for permission to use Debian's marks) to attract new
   volunteers and expand their membership. [5]

 * Represented Debian and its interests in Brussels, Belgium at FOSDEM
   [6], CopyLeftConf [7] and the GNOME Advisory Board [8]. I also
   participated in the Open Source Initiative's [9] monthly
   board meeting.

 * Responded to a question regarding the criteria for entry on Debian's
   "Partners" page [10] which highlights companies and organisations
   who provide ongoing and substantial assistance to the Project.

 * Made some early progress on organising some Code of Conduct training
   to Developers by liasing with another free-software organisation in
   order to save on costs, forwarded a suggestion regarding some
   software tooling in this area and finally provided some brief feedback
   on some potential Anti Harrassment team [11] candidates.

 * In January, I co-signed an affirmation of the "Open Source
   Definition" [12] (which based on our own Free Software Guidelines
   [13]); in particular, the OSI's role as a steward of said Definition.
   This was published earlier this month. [14]

 * Made some more arrangements for a Bug Squashing Party [15] I'm
   organising in Gothenburg, Sweden during April as part of the foss-
   north.se [16] conference. [17]

 * Submitted Debian's nominations for the 2019 Open Source Initiative
   [18] board elections. As an "affiliate" of the OSI, Debian nominates
   candidates in such an election [19].

 * Responded to a number of responses to my previous "Bits from the
   DPL" and redirected the usual requests for private support.

 * Issued "DD certificates" [20] 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 would like official certification of that, you may ask the
   Project Leader to generate one for you; please
   email leader@debian.org.

 [ 3] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/02/msg00009.html
 [ 4] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DPL/Trademark
 [ 5] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/02/msg00005.html
 [ 6] https://fosdem.org/2019/
 [ 7] https://sfconservancy.org/news/2018/apr/30/copyleft-conf/
 [ 8] https://wiki.gnome.org/AdvisoryBoard
 [ 9] https://opensource.org/
 [10] https://www.debian.org/partners/
 [11] https://wiki.debian.org/AntiHarassment
 [12] https://opensource.org/osd
 [13] https://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
 [14] https://opensource.org/node/966
 [15] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP
 [16] http://foss-north.se/
 [17] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/01/msg00006.html
 [18] https://opensource.org/
 [19] https://opensource.org/node/963
 [20] https://wiki.debian.org/DDCertificate

                              ~ § ~

We have a large number of events coming up in the upcoming month(s) as
part of the preparations for 'buster', including:

 * (now) → March 3rd: Laveno, Italy. [21]

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

 * March 30th → March 31st: Paris, France. [23]

 * April 5th → April 8th: Salzburg, Austria. [24]

 * April 7th: Gothenburg, Sweden. [25]

If there are no Bug Squashing Parties (BSP) planned near you, please do
consider organising one [26][27]. Don't forget Debian is willing to
reimburse 100 USD (or equivalent) to attend such events [28] which
can encourage people to attend and contribute towards making "buster"
appear sooner.

 [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/2019/03/fr/Paris
 [24] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2019/04/Salzburg
 [25] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP/2019/04/se/Gothenburg
 [26] https://wiki.debian.org/BSPPlanning
 [27] https://wiki.debian.org/HostingBSP
 [28] https://wiki.debian.org/BSP

                              ~ § ~

In financial matters, I:

 * Approved funding for a Web Team [29] sprint to take place in Madrid,
   Spain during the upcoming month [30].

 * Had discussions around the status and next steps regarding a
   missing-in-action Trusted Organisation [31].

 * Approved the purchase of a Mikrotik "hEX" router [32] in order to
   provide access to some DSA-maintained [33] machines at University of
   Twente, Netherlands [34] and responded to a number of bursary
   requests to attend DebUtsav Delhi [35].

 * Approved Debian's involvement in this year's Google Summer of Code
   [36] and Outreachy [37] programmes, clarifying which Trusted
   Organisation would perform the financial administration. Alexander
   Wirt (formorer) subsequently published an announcement outlining
   which Debian sub-projects are involved [38].

 * Sent a big "thank you" to a free-software organisation that has
   shutdown and who have decided to transfer their remaining financial
   assets to Debian.

 * Lastly, I asked some further questions about (and subsequently
   approved another) preliminary budget for DebConf19 [39], offered
   sponsorship to a Bug Squashing Party planned to take place in
   Bratislava, and followed-up regarding a company who require a
   tax/accounting receipt for a donation.

 [29] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Webmaster
 [30] https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints/2019/DebianWebTeam
 [31] https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DPL/TrustedOrganizationCriteria
 [32] https://mikrotik.com/product/RB750Gr3
 [33] https://dsa.debian.org/
 [34] https://www.utwente.nl/en/
 [35] https://debutsav.in/
 [36] https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/
 [37] https://www.outreachy.org/
 [38] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/02/msg00002.html
 [39] https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf19

                              ~ § ~

In case you missed it:

 * Gregory Colpart (reg) made a call-for-speakers for a MiniDebConf
   that will take place in Marseille, France between May 25th → May
   26th. [40]

 * The projects and mentors for Debian's involvement in Google Summer
   of Code [41] and Outreachy [42] were announced. [43]

 * Agustin Henze (tin) re-announced Salsa's [44] support for testing
   Debian packages, including running Lintian [45], piuparts [46] and
   testing for package reproducibility [47]. More information may be
   found in the respective README file [48].

See you all next month…

 [40] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/02/msg00003.html
 [41] https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/
 [42] https://www.outreachy.org/
 [43] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/02/msg00002.html
 [44] https://salsa.debian.org/
 [45] https://lintian.debian.org/
 [46] https://wiki.debian.org/piuparts
 [47] https://reproducible-builds.org/
 [48] https://salsa.debian.org/salsa-ci-team/pipeline/blob/master/README.md

Best wishes,

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



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