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bits from the DPL: RFH, comm., derivatives, delegates, newbies

Hello world, time for another “bits” mail. [ As a rule of thumb, I’ll keep out of bits mail (too) boring stuff, so I remind everybody that there’s a daily activity log on master:/srv/leader/news/bits-from-the-DPL.txt where the boring stuff can be found; some documentation at ]

RFH: Release Team

The Release Team needs help! (shameless plug)

We’re closing up on Squeeze, and the Release Team is working very hard
for that. Still, they could use more helping hands and this is your
chance to become a Release Team member. It’s a prestigious task, which
requires experience and commitment, but that can make the difference in
when we will actually release. If you are interested (as I hope), please
step in and mail debian-release@lists.d.o your declaration of interest.


– As it’s customary at the beginning of a DPL term, I’ve been answering
to various interview requests, listed below (not all in English,
unfortunately). Some more are being prepared and will be published

– (en)
– (en/pl)
– (it)
–, (it)
– (it)

– I’ve “virtually” attended Skolelinux/Debian-EDU meeting [2], which has
been attended physically by Wolfgang Borgert, who asked me to deliver
a Debian message to participants (in the message I’ve essentially
praised Debian-EDU as a Debian derivative success story).

[2] (de)


– I’ll be delivering a talk at LinuxTag Mini DebConf [3] in Berlin on
10/06/2010. Both the conference and the evening before will be nice
occasions to meet with Debian people, see you there?



– I’ve attended the last UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit) to discuss the
relationship between Debian and Ubuntu; to that end I’ve launched a
poll [4] to gather developer opinions about such relationship. Once
back, I’ve posted a summary of the poll results [5] and a report of
what I did there to represent Debian [6].

An interesting idea advanced at the meeting is to setup a “front desk /
contact point” for people coming from Debian derivatives (not just
Ubuntu) that are interested in contributing to Debian, and are in need
of some guidance (e.g. which team to contact). If you’re interested in
forming that, please mail leader@d.o ; more details at [6]. We just need
a bit of critical mass to start, then it will hopefully be
auto-regulating (e.g. with an open mailing list).



– the delegation of DSA (Debian System Administrators) has been renewed
and clarified, especially wrt the maintenance of DMUP. At [7] you can
find more information, including the task description and a link to
the actual delegation text.

– the Debian Auditor role, formerly vacant, has been reinstated; more
information are available at [8]. In particular, note that the new
auditor has already started indexing Debian assets, and in particular
all organizations holding Debian money; that makes the Debian budget
more transparent and is a first step towards a proper implementation
of Constitution §5.11.1 and §9.3. Check the wiki for more details and
[9] for how to help.


DebConf Miscellanea

– We got 19 applicants for the DebConfNewbies initiative [10], kindly
managed by Joey Hess, and we are now close to announce which of them
will attend DebConf10.

– We will be able to have most of Debian GSoC students [11] attend
DebConf10. That has been possible with the joint help of: some mentors
(which accepted to re-route their own payments), Google (which
sponsored some _extra_ money in addition to their regular DebConf10
sponsoring), and Obey Arthur Liu (as the Debian GSoC admin).


Cheers and thanks for all the fish.

— Stefano Zacchiroli -o- PhD in Computer Science \ PostDoc @ Univ. Paris 7 zack@{,,} –<>– Dietro un grande uomo c’è ..| . |. Et ne m’en veux pas si je te tutoie sempre uno zaino ………..| ..: |…. Je dis tu à tous ceux que j’aime

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