FOSS Activites in March 2024

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


This was my 63rd 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’s what I did:

  • Reviewed and sponsored some Golang packages for Lena Voytek and helped Rajudev w/ some packaging.
  • Helped Mitchell Dzurick w/ the adoption of pyparted package.
  • Mentoring for newcomers.
  • Moderation of -project mailing list.

A huge thanks to Freexian for sponsoring my Debian work. :D


This was my 38th 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 fifty-fourth month as a Debian LTS and fourty-first month as a Debian ELTS paid contributor.
I worked for 19.50 hours for LTS and 17.00 hours for ELTS.

I did the following things:

  • LTS & ELTS frontdesk from 25-03 to 31-03.
  • Triaged composer, node-yarnpkg, python-aiohttp, atril, inetutils, kde4libs, zfs-linux, zabbix, phpmyadmin, vim, angular.js, and diffoscope.
  • Marked CVE-2022-48522/perl as not-affected for stretch and jessie.
  • Auto EOL’d linux, webkit2gtk, minidlna, ruby-carrierwave, chromium, wireshark, composer, ampache, qtbase-opensource-src, anope, org-mode, pcp, and tinymce.
  • On a support request from one of our customers, I further triaged 17 CVEs amongst 9 packages and assisting them with other queries.
  • Released ELA-1057-1 for inetutils.
  • Released ELA-1058-1 for kde4libs.
  • Released DLA-3766-1 for zfs-linux.
  • Debugged the xz backdoor compromise issue to ensure LTS/ELTS is not affected. PS: it’s not. :)
  • Worked on phpmyadmin, zabbix, and atril but couldn’t complete them. Will get back to it next month.
  • Answered questions (& discussions) on IRC (#debian-lts and #debian-elts) and Matrix.
  • Participated and helped fellow members with their queries.
  • General and other discussions on LTS private and public mailing list.
  • Attended the monthly LTS meeting.

Until next time.
:wq for today.