FOSS Activites in July 2023

Here’s my (forty-sixth) monthly but brief update about the activities I’ve done in the F/L/OSS world.


This was my 55th month of actively contributing to Debian. I became a DM in late March 2019 and a DD on Christmas ‘19! \o/

There’s a bunch of things I do, both, technical and non-technical. Here are the things I did this month:


  • redmine (5.0.4-7) - Add patch to let redmine run from its own user. (debbug#1022815)
  • redmine (5.0.4-5~bpo11+2) - Backporting the above changes to bullseye.


  • Mentoring for newcomers.
  • Sponsored matthiasmullie-minify for Athos.
  • Bug work and MR review for redmine.
  • Moderation of -project mailing list.
  • DebConf Bursary work. Quite a month. But the bursary stuff is mostly done, we have rolled out the second batch already. About to do the final round super soon.

A huge thanks to Freexian for sponsoring my Debian work and Entrouvert for sponsoring the Redmine backports. :D


This was my 30th month of actively contributing to Ubuntu. Now that I joined Canonical to work on Ubuntu full-time, there’s a bunch of things I do! \o/

I mostly worked on different things, I guess.

I was too lazy to maintain a list of things I worked on so there’s no concrete list atm. Maybe I’ll get back to this section later or will start to list stuff from the fall, as I was doing before. :D

Debian (E)LTS

Debian Long Term Support (LTS) is a project to extend the lifetime of all Debian stable releases to (at least) 5 years. Debian LTS is not handled by the Debian security team, but by a separate group of volunteers and companies interested in making it a success.

And Debian Extended LTS (ELTS) is its sister project, extending support to the stretch and jessie release (+2 years after LTS support).

This was my forty-sixth month as a Debian LTS and thirty-third month as a Debian ELTS paid contributor.
I worked for 1.5 hours for LTS and 1.00 hours for ELTS.

LTS Work:

  • ruby-rack v/s ruby-sinatra regression investigation. Took 30 minutes, roughly.

ELTS Work:

  • Started to look at ruby-rack for stretch, a general triage and understanding the issue this month. Will continue to work on this and rails next month.

Other (E)LTS Work:

  • Triaged ruby-rack.
  • Answered questions (& discussions) on IRC (#debian-lts and #debian-elts) and Matrix.
  • Participated and helped fellow members with their queries via private mail and chat.
  • General and other discussions on LTS private and public mailing list.
  • Attended the monthly LTS meeting.

Until next time.
:wq for today.