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bits from the DPL: January 2013

[ insert here: “I’ve been to FOSDEM”, “I got a nasty flu”, and other
$lame_excuses for the delay in sending out this report ]

Dear Project Members, here’s the monthly DPL activity report, this time
for January 2013.

About the next DPL

This is the last DPL report before the start of the election process for
the next term: around early March, about 20 days from now, the Secretary
will send out the call for nominations. I’d like to respond (also) here
to inquiries I’m receiving these days: I will not run again as DPL. So
you have about 20 days to mob^Wconvince other DDs to run, or decide to
run yourself. Do not to wait for the vary last minute, as that makes for
lousy campaigns. I’m available to give feedback about my DPL experience
to prospective candidates, … and also to join mobbing^Wconvincing
actions toward potential candidates. Just contact me.

Call for helps

– Last year delegation for Google Summer of Code Admins [1] has expired
and the program for 2013 will likely start soon. I’m looking for
volunteer admins for this year, to organize Debian activities in the
program. If you’re interested, please contact me.

– In January we had a couple of related discussions on -project about
DFSG §10 [2] and maintaining an authoritative list of DFSG-free
licenses [3]. The latter would be an important contribution to the
Free Software “political” ecosystem. An ikiwiki-based infrastructure
to maintain such a list has been created by ftp-masters but needs to
be populated. At this point we need volunteers willing to review
licenses already present in main and fill them in. If you’re
interested, please review the discussion [3] and manifest yourself on
debian-dak@lists.d.o [4], where coordination about this work will



– The long standing issue of writing a proper (outbound) trademark
policy for Debian marks has been completed. I’ve reviewed on -project
outstanding items from the last discussion, and documented how they’ve
been implemented in a new policy draft [5]. Later on, I’ve published
the updated policy draft on our website [6].

– Complementary to the above, Ian Jackson has summarized [7] the state
of the discussion about our (inbound) trademark policy, i.e. what to
do when accepting in the Debian archive software subject to trademark.
It looks like we are close to conclusion on that front too.

– I’ve worked with representatives of Debian France [8], on the shared
interest in having the association become a Debian Trusted
Organization (per Constitution §9.3). We’re not yet ready to start the
2 weeks discussion period to accept the orga as such (see Constitution
§5.1.11), but I’d like to do that soon. So I encourage all of you to
find out about the association, which is run by well-known project


Cloud Images

Work has gone on also on the front of supporting Debian installation in
public “clouds”. Thanks to Arnaud Patard, Jose Miguel Parrella Romero,
Pierre Couzy, and Gianugo Rabellino, we now have Debian testing images
for Microsoft Azure [14]. Together with Amazon EC2, this is the second
large provider supporting Debian via images maintained by Debian
Developers. More providers are welcome, exactly as more hardware/CD
vendors shipping Debian are always welcome. If you want to contribute
support for other providers just show up on the -cloud mailing list and
say so. Some documentation effort in view of Wheezy are in need of help
too, in order to let our users know about “cloud” options, see #695681.


DPL helpers

The DPL helpers experiment goes on. We have had 2 more IRC meetings in
January (see the minutes [11,12]). Documentation of the “team”
communication channels (mailing list, IRC, Git, etc.) is now available
from the DPL wiki page [13].



I’ve given an invited Debian talk at Polytech’Grenoble, as part of a
free software event [9] organized for students of local universities.
Slides of the talk are available [10]. I’d like to thank Vincent Danjean
for the event organization.


Let’s release Wheezy now!

PS the day-to-day activity log for January 2013 is available at the
usual place `master:/srv/leader/news/bits-from-the-DPL.txt.201301`

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