Looking back at the Debian Long Term Support project

On Sunday I gave a talk about Debian LTS during the Mini-DebConf in Lyon. Obviously I presented the project and the way it’s organized, but I also took the opportunity to compute some statistics.

You can watch the presentation (thanks to the video team!) or have a look at the slides to learn more.

Here are some extracts of the statistics I collected:

The number of the uploads per “affiliation” (known affiliations are recorded in the LTS/Team wiki page) is displayed on the graph below. “None” corresponds to packages maintainers taking care of their own packages, “Debian Security” corresponds to members of the security team who also contributed to LTS, “Debian LTS” corresponds to individual members of the LTS team without any explicit affiliation. “Freexian” represents in fact 29 financial sponsors (see detail here).

Debian LTS uploads over time

Top 12 contributors (in number of uploads):

  • Thorsten Alteholz: 66
  • Holger Levsen: 27
  • Raphaël Hertzog: 14
  • Raphaël Geissert: 13
  • Thijs Kinkhorst: 8
  • Kurt Roeck: 7
  • Christoph Biedl: 7
  • Nguyen Cong: 6
  • Ben Hutchings: 6
  • Michael Vogt: 5
  • Moritz Mühlenhoff: 4
  • Matt Palmer: 4

The talk also contains explanations about the current funding setup. Hopefully this clears things up for people who were still wondering how the LTS project is working.

Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, March 2015

A Debian LTS logoLike each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.

Individual reports

In February, 61 work hours have been equally split among 4 paid contributors. Their reports are available:

The remaining hours of Ben and Holger have been redispatched to other contributors for April (during which Mike Gabriel joins the set of paid contributors). BTW, if you want to join the team of paid contributors, read this and apply!

Evolution of the situation

April has seen no change in terms of sponsored hours but we have two new sponsors in the pipe and May should hopefully have a few more sponsored hours.

For the need of a LTS presentation I gave during the Mini-DebConf Lyon I prepared a small graph showing the evolution of the hours sponsored through Freexian:
freexian-hours

The growth is rather slow and it will take years to reach our goal of funding the equivalent a full time position (176 hours per month). Even the intermediary goal of funding the equivalent of a half-time position (88h/month) is more than 6 months away given the current growth rate. But the perspective of Wheezy-LTS should help us to convince more organizations and hopefully we will reach that goal sooner. If you want to sponsor the project, check out this page.

In terms of security updates waiting to be handled, the situation looks similar to last month: the dla-needed.txt file lists 40 packages awaiting an update (exactly like last month), the list of open vulnerabilities in Squeeze shows about 56 affected packages in total (2 less than last month).

Thanks to our sponsors

The new sponsors of the month are in bold (none this month).

My Free Software Activities in March 2015

A Debian LTS logo

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My Free Software Activities in February 2015

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Freexian’s fourth report about Debian Long Term Support

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