Monthly report about Debian Long Term Support, May 2022

Like each month, have a look at the work funded by Freexian’s Debian LTS offering.

Debian project funding

Two [1, 2] projects are in the pipeline now. Tryton project is in a final phase. Gradle projects is fighting with technical difficulties.

In May, we put aside 2233 EUR to fund Debian projects.

We’re looking forward to receive more projects from various Debian teams! Learn more about the rationale behind this initiative in this article.

Debian LTS contributors

In May, 14 contributors have been paid to work on Debian LTS, their reports are available:

  • Abhijith PA did 14.0h (out of 14h assigned).
  • Andreas Rönnquist did 14.5h (out of 25.0h assigned), thus carrying over 10.5h to June.
  • Anton Gladky did 19h (out of 19h assigned).
  • Ben Hutchings did 8h (out of 11h assigned and 13h from April), thus carrying over 16h to June.
  • Chris Lamb did 18h (out of 18h assigned).
  • Dominik George did 2h (out of 20.0h assigned), thus carrying over 18h to June.
  • Enrico Zini did 9.5h (out of 16.0h assigned), thus carrying over 6.5h to June.
  • Emilio Pozuelo Monfort did 28h (out of 13.75h assigned and 35.25h from April), thus carrying over 21h to June.
  • Markus Koschany did 40h (out of 40h assigned).
  • Roberto C. Sánchez did 13.5h (out of 32h assigned), thus carrying over 18.5h to June.
  • Sylvain Beucler did 23.5h (out of 20h assigned and 20h from April), thus carrying over 16.5h to June.
  • Stefano Rivera did 5h in April and 14h in May (out of 17.5h assigned), thus anticipating 1.5h for June.
  • Thorsten Alteholz did 40h (out of 40h assigned).
  • Utkarsh Gupta did 35h (out of 19h assigned and 30h from April), thus carrying over 14h to June.

Evolution of the situation

In May we released 49 DLAs. The security tracker currently lists 71 packages with a known CVE and the dla-needed.txt file has 65 packages needing an update.

The number of paid contributors increased significantly, we are pleased to welcome our latest team members: Andreas Rönnquist, Dominik George, Enrico Zini and Stefano Rivera.

It is worth pointing out that we are getting close to the end of the LTS period for Debian 9. After June 30th, no new security updates will be made available on security.debian.org. We are preparing to overtake Debian 10 Buster for the next two years and to make this process as smooth as possible.

But Freexian and its team of paid Debian contributors will continue to maintain Debian 9 going forward for the customers of the Extended LTS offer. If you have Debian 9 servers to keep secure, it’s time to subscribe!

You might not have noticed, but Freexian formalized a mission statement where we explain that our purpose is to help improve Debian. For this, we want to fund work time for the Debian developers that recently joined Freexian as collaborators. The Extended LTS and the PHP LTS offers are built following a model that will help us to achieve this if we manage to have enough customers for those offers. So consider subscribing: you help your organization but you also help Debian!

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