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New member appointed to Debian Technical Committee

By officially appointing Colin Watson to the Debian Technical Committee (tech-ctte), project leader Stefano Zacchiroli has added another member to the Debian developer community’s highest governing body.

bits from the DPL for July 2011

Dear Developers, here is a report of DPL activities for July 2011. I apologize for the embarrassing delay, but I’ve been away, shamelessly on vacation, for the first half of August. On the bright side, this delay means that very soon you will re-hear back from me for a report about August, happy?

Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ now available

The Debian Project is pleased to announce the availability of the Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ [1], a document meant to educate Free Software developers, and especially distribution editors, about software patent risks.

bits from the DPL for June 2011

Dear Developers, another month, another bit(s). (This report was meant to be sent out about a week ago, so it covers happenings in DPL land for June. Bear with me for further news shortly after the end of DebConf.)

delegation for the backports team

Dear Developers, since a few months [1] the backports service [2] has become officially supported by the Debian Project. In the spirit of clarifying responsibilities and resource access control within Debian, here is (between dashed lines below) the long overdue delegation for the backports team [3].

Exclusive Interview With Debian Leader Stefano Zacchiroli

Swapnil: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How you got associated with computers?……Stefano: With computers … wow, that’s quite some time ago! I discovered programming when I was 9 year old – I’m 31 now – finding an illustrated book about BASIC programming at the local library (!). Pair that with a C64 […]

bits from the DPL: some oldies

Dear Developers, another month has passed, time for another update of what has been going on in DPL-land. Since the last update of mine—released shortly after the recent elections [1]—has been mostly about “DPL interaction tips & tricks”, this one will cover the time span from mid April to now. Better get started …

bits from the DPL: the start of the term

Hi everybody, sorry for the delay [1], it’s about time that I thank you all and recall some practical information about how to use DPL “services”.

DPL 2011: Final call for votes

The voting period for the Debian Project Leader election 2011 is almost over. You still have about 31 hours from the time of this writing.

DPL Elections 2011: second call for votes

This is the second call for votes for the Debian Project Leader Elections 2011.

Debian Project Leader Elections 2011: Call for votes

This is the first call for votes for the Debian Project Leader Elections 2011.

Debian Project Leader elections: a foregone conclusion

In a post on the debian-vote mailing list, Zacchiroli, also known simply as Zack, says that he believes that an election with only one candidate “is not healthy for democracy”, adding that “I’m open to the possibility of retiring, in order to restart the process and have more than one candidate in the actual election.”

DPL elections 2011: Candidates

We’re now a into the campaigning period. We only have 1 candidate this year, our current DPL: Stefano Zacchiroli

DebConf chairs delegation

As anticipated in the past DPL bits, I hereby formalize the delegation of DebConf chairs, as part of the ongoing effort in clarifying the relationships between the Debian Project and DebConf organization.

bits from the DPL: squeeze aftermath

Another month, another load of DPL bits! In case you haven’t noticed, the big news since the last bits is that, not only we have a new stable release in Debian history (the 11th), but also that development for Wheezy is open, meaning you can now break your pet packages (not).

Debian Project Leader Elections 2011: Call for nominations

According to the constitution (5.2. Appointment), project leader elections should begin “six weeks before the leadership post becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately.”

Project Secretary appointment

Dear Developers, as per Constitution §7.2, me and the current Project Secretary have agreed in (re-)appointing Kurt Roeckx as Project Secretary for another term. The term will start tomorrow, 20 February 2011, and will last for 1 year. – Kurt Roeckx, Stefano Zacchiroli

bits from the DPL: collab., comm., debconf, … & Squeeze party!

Dear Developers, let’s see if I can intrude in the Squeeze release countdown (to expire during the upcoming week-end [1]!) with some DPL bits.

Cross Platform Application Installer Meeting Could Mark A Milestone: Debian Project Leader

openSuse’s Vincent Untz organized a meeting around cross-platform application installer in Germany. The meeting was attended by developers representing major distros. Debian is one of the most reputed distributions, which also wears the crown of being the father/mother of popular distributions like Ubuntu and Linux Mint. We talked to Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian project leader, to […]

LCA 2011: Why people should care about Debian

The current leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project, Stefano Zacchiroli (pictured below, left), posed the question with a little more force – Why the bloody hell should you care about Debian? – in a talk at the 12th Australian national Linux conference today.

bits from the DPL: news, sprints, comm. & collaboration

Dear Developers, I suspect you have been missing DPL SPAM, so let me try to fix that. In the meantime, Squeeze is looking better and better every passing day [0], but we’re not there yet. How about offering as gifts to your closest friends some RC bug fixes? I’m sure they’ll appreciate!

bits from the DPL: sprints, events, delegations, assets

Dear Developers, here we go again with the periodic SPAM^Wreport from your Friendly Neighborhood DPL.

delegation for FTP Masters

Dear developers, some changes have been recently going on among FTP masters, which I’m hereby ratifying with a delegation under Constitution §8.

DebConf10 DPL report: comm., CUT, RC, init, derivatives, …

Dear developers, here is the promised DPL report from DebConf10. I post it not only as the usual periodic report, but also to point at some DebConf10 events which might be relevant for future project activities.

(seasoned) bits from the DPL: comm, derivatives, delegations, money

Hello world, here is a report on DPL whereabouts up to July 2010, just before DebConf. It was meant to be sent before, but DebConf has been so intense that I sat down writing it only now, apologies for the delay. I’ll separately send a DebConf-related update. As usual, a more detailed/boring activity log is […]

debian podcast planning

Jonathan has contacted me to check whether Debian is interested in having a This Week in Debian podcast, which will be discussing weekly Debian-related topics, interviewing at each episode someone from the community.

bits from the DPL: meetings, derivatives, assets, sponsoring,…

Hello world, here is another update on the whereabouts of the DPL. Communication: I’ve attended LinuxTag and delivered a talk at the wonderful mini DebConf organized there. Slides of my talk are available [1], as well as a nice article about it on LWN [2] and another one on the German Linux Magazin [3].

Bits from the Release Team: current status; where next; scheduling

Hi, As promised, another regular(ish) update on the state of the Squeeze release and our plans for the remainder of the cycle.

Verbal bits from the Debian Project Leader

LinuxTag 2010 is the host of a Debian miniconf; that, in turn, was where relatively new Debian leader Stefano Zacchiroli delivered a relatively high-energy “state of Debian” talk. According to Stefano, Debian is doing great, but can do better yet; he has some ideas for how to make the project better.

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 ]

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