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My fellow Debianites,
It's been one month, one week and one day since I decided
to run for this DPL term. The Debian community has been
through a variety of interesting times during the last
decade, and instead of focusing on grand, sweeping changes
for Debian, core to my DPL campaign was to establish a
sense of normality and stability so that we can work on
community building, continue to focus on technical excellence
and serve our users the best we can.
Thing don't always work out as we plan, and for many of us,
Debian recently had to take a back seat to personal
priorities. Back when I posted my intention to run, there
were 125 260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally.
Today, that number is 20 times higher, with the actual
infected number likely to be significantly higher. A large
number of us are under lock-down, where we not only fear the
disease and its effect on local hospitals and how it will
affect our loved ones, but also our very likelihoods and the
future of our local businesses and industry.
I don't mean to be gloomy with the statement above, I am
after all, an optimist - but unfortunately it does get even
worse. Governments and corporations around the world have
started to take advantage COVID-19 in negative ways and are
making large sweeping changes that undermine the privacy and
rights of individuals everywhere.
For many reasons, including those above, I believe that the
Debian project is more important and relevant now than it's
ever been before. The world needs a free, general purpose
operating system, unburdened by the needs of profit, which puts
the needs of its users first, providing a safe and secure
platform for the computing needs of the masses.
While we can't control or fix all the problems in the world,
we can control our response to it, and be part of the solutions
that bring the change we want to see.
During my term as DPL, I will be available to help with
problems in our community to the maximum extent that my time
permits. If we help ourselves, we will be in a better position
to help others. If you (or your team) get stuck and are in need
of help, then please do not hesitate to e-mail me.
== A few thank-yous ==
As incoming DPL, I'd like to thank Sam Hartman on behalf of the
project for the work that he's done over the last year as DPL.
It's a tremendous time commitment that requires constant
attention to detail.
On Sunday, Sam and I had a handover meeting where we discussed
various DPL responsibilities including finances, delegations
(including specifics of some delegations), legal matters,
outreach and other questions I had. I'd also like to thank Sam
for taking the time to do this.
Thank you to Sruthi Chadran and Brian Gupta who took the time
to also run for DPL this year. Both candidates brought
important issues to the forefront and I hope to work with both
of them on those in the near future.
== DPL Blog ==
Today, I've started a new blog for the Debian Project Leader to
help facilitate more frequent communication, and to reach a
wider audience via Planet Debian. This will contain
supplemental information to what I send to the
debian-devel-announce mailing list. It's not quite up yet,
I'll share a link once it's available.
== Want to help? ==
In my platform, I listed some key areas that I'd like to
work on. My work won't be limited to those, but it should give
you some idea of the type of DPL that I'll be. If you'd like to
get involved, feel free to join the #debian-dpl channel on the
oftc IRC network, and please introduce yourself along with any
areas of interest that you'd like to contribute to.
- -Jonathan, Debian Project Leader
⢀⣴⠾⠻⢶⣦⠀ Jonathan Carter (highvoltage) <jcc>
⢿⡄⠘⠷⠚⠋ https://debian.org | https://jonathancarter.org
⠈⠳⣄⠀⠀⠀⠀ Be Bold. Be brave. Debian has got your back.
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