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bits from the DPL: November 2012

Dear Project Members, here is another (delayed) monthly report of DPL activities, this time for November 2012.


– In November, I’ve kept on helping the work of the debian-cloud
initiative that I’ve announced last month. Some work went into setting
up the usual infrastructure pieces (mailing list [1], pseudo-package
in the BTS [2]), some other into paperwork: on behalf of Debian, James
Bromberger has opened an account on the Amazon Marketplace. That
enabled us to deliver the first milestone: official Debian Squeeze
images for Amazon EC2 [3] (I keep it short here, but you can find more
info in various places, e.g. [4,5]). More work is needed, and ongoing,
to support other public clouds, better document Debian availability
there, etc. You can help! Just show up on -cloud [1].


– I’ve then spent quite some time in November getting up to speed with
the status of DebConf13 organization. For the first time, this year we
have implemented the “budget approval” process that I’ve introduced a
couple of years ago. The budget I’ve reviewed looked good and it’s
balanced (meaning that the event should be self-sustained, at least
that’s the theory); so I’ve been happy to approve it [6]. I’m looking
forward, once again, to meet many of you in Switzerland this summer!


– Together with Enrico Zini (with his DAM hat on) I’ve also helped [7]
Kevin Carrillo, a PhD student from New Zealand, to finalize and
advertise a survey of newcomer experiences in Debian. The hope is to
learn more about what works and what can be improved in our NM
process, possibly learning from other FOSS projects that are also
participating in the survey.


– As a last highlight, the “dpl-helpers” initiative I’ve spam-ed you
with several times is keep on going. We held 2 more IRC meetings [8,9]
during November and we have also worked on the infrastructure: we now
have a mailing list and a Git repo associated to the “dpl” project on
Alioth. To ease handing over pending tasks to the next DPL, I’m also
working with DSA to set up some DPL related request tracker queues.

BTW, this is my last-4 report as DPL, if you haven’t yet thought at
who you want as next DPL and started bothered him/her, you better
hurry up!



– I’ve participated in mini-DebConf Paris [10,11] and held a couple of
lightning talks there: one about RC Bugs squashing for Wheezy [12],
and another about debian-cloud [13].


– I’ve given an invited talk [14] about Debian and our relationships
with companies at the yearly FOSS seminar of France Telecom / Orange


– on related news, the minutes of the Debian/Ubuntu relationship session
at the last UDS have now been posted [15] to -derviatives; some
addendum has been discussed in the resulting thread



– We have finally got the certificate from the Japan Patent Office,
confirming that ownership of Debian trademark there has been
transferred to SPI. Many thanks to Kenshi Muto for his help on this
matter over the past several months.

– We have also finally been transferred ownership of the
domain, from its previous owner (formally: the domain is now owned by
FFIS, the Trusted Organization we rely upon the most in Europe).

– We got our first “donation” from DuckDuckGo for revenue sharing over
the past 3 months. It’s about 150 USD, which answers the worries that
excessive profit from this kind of deals might influence our
judgement. The precondition is far from being satisfied.

– I’ve been happy to approve the tentative budget for the forthcoming
DebianMed sprint [16], for ~1400 EUR. Reminder: you can haz your
sprint too, just read the fine manual [17].


That’s all for now,
let’s go back releasing Wheezy,

PS the day-to-day activity log for November 2012 is available at the
usual place `master:/srv/leader/news/bits-from-the-DPL.txt.201211`

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