FOSS Activites in May 2023

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


This was my 53rd 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:

  • Moderation of -project mailing list.
  • Mentoring for newcomers.
  • Bursary team stuff - getting familiar with some processes, setting up basic policy, et al.

A huge thanks to Freexian for sponsoring my Debian work.


This was my 28th 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-fourth month as a Debian LTS and thirty-fifth month as a Debian ELTS paid contributor.
I worked for 5.5 hours for LTS and 3.0 hours for ELTS.

LTS Work:

  • Helped Scarlett with their uploads and with general questions.
  • LTS frontdesk -
    • LTS package traige.
    • Answering any questions that fellow contributors or other developers might have.

ELTS Work:

  • ELTS frontdesk -
    • ELTS package traige.
    • Answering any questions that fellow contributors or other developers might have.
    • Review of newly added packages.

Other (E)LTS Work:

  • Triaged owslib, hoteldruid, iotjs, ncurses, libpodofo, and nvidia-cuda-toolkit.
  • Marked CVE-2023-29839/hoteldruid as no-dsa for buster.
  • Marked iotjs CVEs as ignored for buster; following bullseye.
  • Marked CVE-2023-31555/libpodofo as no-dsa for buster.
  • Marked CVE-2023-31566-67/libpodofo as no-dsa for buster.
  • Marked CVE-2023-29491/ncurses as no-dsa for buster.
  • Auto EOL’d osslsigncode, linux, thunderbird, firefox-esr, sngrep, libpodofo, maradns, python-os-brick, python-glance-store, nova, cinder, libraw, and sqlite.
  • Helped and assisted fellow Freexian contributors (LTS/ELTS/internally).
  • 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.