FOSS Activites in November 2023

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


This was my 59th 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:

  • Helped w/ /usr-merge (DEP 17) work and fixed 3 packages: net-tools, gitlab, and libnfc.
  • Attended MiniDebCamp and MiniDebConf Cambridge. Super fun hanging out w/ Debainites.
  • Sponsored django-assets, python-django-tagging, and django-menu-generator-ng for Lena Voytek.
  • Reviewed django-dbbackup for Lena. Couldn’t sponsor as it FTBFS.
  • Mentoring for newcomers.
  • Moderation of -project mailing list.

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


This was my 34th 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 fiftieth month as a Debian LTS and thirty-seventh month as a Debian ELTS paid contributor.
I worked for 4.75 hours for LTS and 11.00 hours for ELTS.

I did the following things:

  • ELTS frontdesk from 20-11 to 26-11.
  • Marked CVE-2022-46337/derby as postponed for stretch.
  • Marked CVE-2023-48161/giflib as no-dsa for stretch and jessie; following buster.
  • Marked CVE-2023-47038/perl as not-affected for stretch and jessie.
  • Auto EOL’d capnproto, gpac, radare2, minizip, gimp-dds, libde265, strongswan, cargo, bouncycastle, linux, firefox-esr, thunderbird, gnutls28, and derby.
  • Noticed and pinged Bastien about the missing ceph/0.80.7-2+deb8u6 upload to jessie.
  • Figured what’s wrong with ruby-rmagick autopkgtest in jessie; it’s a bug in autopkgtest/debci.
  • Pinged Adrian about fixing CVEs fixed via ELA-909-1/DLA-3513-1 in (old)stable.
  • Worked on strongswan for jessie with Chris Lamb together during MiniDebConf Cambridge.
  • Partook in various discussions about ELTS packages and their support w/ Santiago and Roberto, and others, during the Freexian sprints.
  • Prepared distro-info-data update with LTS/ELTS EOL dates and uploaded it to unstable. Will prep it for stable, LTS, and ELTS in coordination w/ Stefano.
  • Let my colleagues know about my whereabouts in the last few months.
  • 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.