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bits from the DPL: September 2012

Heya, here is the periodic report of DPL activities, this time related to September 2012 (posted here with some delay, as I’ve been traveling oversea on behalf of Debian for the past few days).

Help needed: Google Code-In
===========================

The [Google Code-In (GCI)][6] initiative is about to start again. We
don’t have a great track record of participating into it, and that’s a
pity. The initiative revolves around small tasks that other Free
Software projects have come to call “easy hacks”, showing how effective
they’re in attracting new volunteers. To participate, we need both
mentors and admins. If you’re interested see Ana’s [call for help][3]
and please volunteer on the soc-coordination list.

Related to this, you’ve probably seen the [report][4] of our
participation in GSoC 2012. I’d like to thank all students, mentors, and
admins for a very well organized edition.

[3]: http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/soc-coordination/2012-September/001361.html
[4]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2012/09/msg00011.html
[6]: http://code.google.com/opensource/gci/2012/index.html

Logo relicensing & other assets
===============================

The DFSG-relicensing of the [Debian logo][1], which I’ve mentioned in
recent updates, [has now happened][7]. The so called Debian “Open Use”
logo, in both variants (with and without “Debian”) is now dually
licensed under LGPL3+ / CC-BY-SA 3.0. The change has been made effective
with a [resolution][2] of the SPI Board of Directors.

Note that the so called “official” logo, which we seem to use very
little, is still released under the terms of a non-free license.
[Discussion][8] is ongoing on -project to stop promoting it. If you’re
using it or if you’ve arguments in favor of against that, please
participate in the discussion.

[1]: http://www.debian.org/logos/
[2]: http://www.spi-inc.org/corporate/resolutions/2012/2012-09-07.rtb.1/
[7]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2012/10/msg00000.html
[8]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2012/10/msg00002.html

I’ve got from SFLC an updated draft of the new proposed trademark
policy, implementing most of the changes requested during related August
discussions on -project. I’ll post it for review there shortly.

The Japanese Trademark Office (JPO) has sent us the final confirmation
that trademark transfer request (from individuals Debian contributors in
the area to SPI) has happened. We’ve paid the needed fee of 457 CHF to
conclude the transaction.

We finally settled a domain transfer agreement with the current owner of
the debian.eu. Technically, the domain will be transferred to FFIS in
the coming weeks.

Core teams (non-)news
=====================

Quite some core teams are in the process of changing their formations
these weeks, but most are still pending proper delegation (or
equivalent). So here are just a few “teasers”:

- as you might have read in the [ftp-msater sprint report][9], we’ve a
new ftp-master: congrats Ansgar! (delegation update pending, but no
suspense here)

- we’ve a new front-desk member (delegation pending + suspense)

- we’ve a new debian policy team (delegation pending + suspense)

- the tech-ctte is [in the process][10] of selecting a new candidate to
fill the vacant seat. I’ve nominated a couple of candidates myself,
and I’m now waiting for tech-ctte recommendations as per Constitution
§6.2.

On related news, the tech-ctte has now [dealt with][5] the conflict on
Python interpreter maintenership, which was also the longest standing
issue brought before them. Having invested quite some energy in that
issue myself, I’m delighted to see it finally addressed.

I hope to finalize all the pending tasks above this month.

[5]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2012/10/msg00000.html
[9]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2012/09/msg00012.html
[10]: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2012/09/msg00004.html

Future events
=============

I’ve spent quite some time to plan my participation in events I’ll be
attending during October on behalf of Debian, such as the ACM
Reflections conference in Urbana-Champaign (at the time of writing, this
has already happened), the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Copenhagen, and
the LinuxDay event in Turin.

Cheers.

PS the day-to-day activity log for September 2012 is available at the
usual place `master:/srv/leader/news/bits-from-the-DPL.txt.201209`

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Debian Project Leader . . . . . . @zack on identi.ca . . o o o . . . o .
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