|| ||Sam Hocevar <leader-AT-debian.org>|
|| ||Bits from the DPL: DSA and a few other things|
|| ||Sat, 3 Nov 2007 16:38:02 +0100|
I have been rather quiet during the last few months. Not really
because I wasn't doing anything, but because most of what I have been
doing was done by private e-mail. Apparently people are expecting the
DPL to disappear around the middle of their term, because I did not
get many complaints. But I learned the lesson. And well, I now have a
reason to regain motivation.
\o/ DSA++ \o/
I am very, very pleased to let you know that this morning Phil
Hands (fil) added Peter Palfrader (weasel) to the adm group. Which
means that the DSA team now has a new member! The first since, wow,
quite some time.
I am grateful to everyone who made this possible, for bearing with
my insistance, for making concessions, for being patient, and I hope
this is only the first step to bigger and better teams in Debian. Of
course the path is still long but I must admit this is truly refreshing.
I wish great success to Peter for the thankless job that awaits him.
After meeting Michael Man and several Sun people at Debconf and
seeing Michael's great talk I got really convinced that
the technology present in OpenSolaris could benefit Debian in many
ways. And the shortest path to there seemed to be Nexenta.
I am currently discussing the possibility of having a Nexenta
machine accessible to Debian developers to port and test their
packages. I also suggested the Nexenta people to submit patches
directly to Debian and try to join friendly packaging teams. Please
be nice to them!
Last month I attended Encuentro Linux 2007 in Arica, Chile where
I gave a talk about the history and organisation of Debian and how to
help and become a member of the project. Due to various issues (such
as my passport being stolen when I was 2000 km away from the conference)
I did not have the time to give my other planned talk about attracting
developers who do not speak English to Debian and FLOSS projects.
Fortunately I was able to discuss it with members of the local
communities. My goal is to understand why such a large Spanish-speaking
area has so few Debian developers, and what we can do about that. One of
my observations was that two very important documents (the Debian Policy
and the Debian Developer's Reference) were not translated into Spanish,
while for instance there is a French translation of the latter. Any
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