Subject: bits from the DPL -- September 2013
Date: Wednesday 9th October 2013 05:58:25 UTC (over 3 years ago)
Hi, Here is my monthly report for September 2013 (+ the beginning of October). Let's also use this opportunity to call for help on two key parts of our infrastructure. Outline: -------- - Call for help: dak developers - Call for help: debbugs developers - Outreach Program for Women - Interview & talk - Assets - DPL Helpers and DPL TO-DO list Call for help: dak developers ============================= dak (Debian Archive Kit) is the software suite behind the Debian archive. It receives and processes packages uploads, manages all the meta-data about packages, and generates the Packages and Sources files that contain the list of packages. There are several ideas of improvements floating around that would greatly improve Debian (e.g.; source-only or binary-throw-away uploads to increase trust in packages one downloads, developer repositories to untangle transitions from unstable to testing), but unfortunately the FTP team members are busy people. dak is written in Python. Its source is available at , and local setup instructions are in . Give it a try! If you have questions, direct them to the debian-dak@ mailing list.  https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2013/05/msg00131.html  http://ftp-master.debian.org/git/dak.git/  http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=mirror/dak.git;a=tree;f=setup  https://lists.debian.org/debian-dak/ Call for help: debbugs developers ================================= debbugs is the piece of software behind the Debian Bugs Tracking System (BTS). It is also used by the GNU project. Despite often being perceived as old-style, it features several unique features, such as the tracking of the status of bugs in each version and branch of a package (example: ), or the ability to perform all interactions via email, making it very easy to work offline or in poorly-connected environments. Debbugs is written in Perl, its source is available from , there is a testing harness available, and lists of known bugs are available from http://bugs.debian.org/bugs.debian.org (Debian instance of debbugs) and http://bugs.debian.org/debbugs (debbugs itself). Direct questions to the debian-debbugs@ mailing list.  http://debbugs.gnu.org/  http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/version.cgi?info=1;absolute=0;collapse=1;found=iceweasel%2F2.0%2Bdfsg-1;fixed=iceweasel%2F23.0.1-1;package=iceweasel  http://bugs.debian.org/debbugs-source/debbugs.git  https://lists.debian.org/debian-debbugs/ Outreach Program for Women ========================== Debian is participating in the GNOME Outreach Program for Women[1,2]. Many thanks to Brian Gupta and Paul Tagliamonte for volunteering as OPW coordinators. The list of proposed projects is available from Debian's OPW page. Please apply! Also, a fundraising campaign will start in the very near future. Let's all try to get many Debian participants.  http://gnome.org/opw/  https://wiki.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen  https://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen Interview & talk ================ I gave an interview for the Frostcast podcast (by Jonathan Nadeau, who was doing the This Week in Debian podcast some time ago): mp3: http://frostbitemedia.org/sites/default/files/frostcast085-debian.mp3 ogg: http://frostbitemedia.org/sites/default/files/frostcast085-debian.ogg I gave my first talk as the DPL to the general public at Open World Forum 2013. Slides are available.  http://www.openworldforum.org  http://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=800 Assets ====== Authorizing expenses by DSA without prior DPL approval ------------------------------------------------------ A process to streamline small (FSVO small) expenses by Debian System Administrators was announced. It removes the DPL from the critical path when buying replacement hardware, paying shipping costs, etc.