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Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2021 19:44:58 +0100
From: Solar Designer <>
To: Anthony Liguori <>
Subject: Re: Gentoo's "contributing back" linux-distros tasks

On Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 08:29:13AM -0700, Anthony Liguori wrote:
> Solar Designer <> writes:
> > Gentoo signed up for these "contributing back" tasks for linux-distros:
> >
> >
> >
> > 9. Stay on top of issues to ensure progress is being made, remind others
> > when there's no apparent progress, as well as when the public disclosure
> > date for an issue is approaching and when it's finally reached (unless
> > the reporter beats you to it by making their mandatory posting to
> > oss-security first) - primary: Gentoo, backup: Amazon
> >
> > 11. Make sure the mandatory oss-security posting is made promptly and is
> > sufficiently detailed, and remind the reporter if not - primary: Gentoo,
> > backup: Amazon
> >
> > 12. If exploit(s) were shared on the list, make sure that either they're
> > included in the oss-security posting along with the issue detail or the
> > posting includes an announcement of planned later posting of the
> > exploits (with the delay being within list policy), and in the latter
> > case also make sure that the later posting is in fact made as planned,
> > and remind the reporter if not - primary: Gentoo, backup: Amazon
> I'm happy to take primary on any of the above.

Thank you, Anthony!

Gentoo, please let us all know whether you'd like to stay primary for
these tasks, be moved to backup, or something else?

> > 13. Keep track of per-report and per-issue handling and disclosure
> > timelines (at least times of notification of the private list and of
> > actual public disclosure), at regular intervals produce and share
> > statistics (most notably, the average embargo duration) as well as the
> > raw data (except on issues that are still under embargo) by posting to
> > oss-security - primary: Gentoo, backup: Amazon
> >
> > and we saw some contributions from Gentoo on these, most notable being
> > their work on the statistics (task 13 above):
> >
> >
> >
> > Unfortunately, the last update of these statistics ("Last modified:
> > 2019/10/15 01:52 by kristianf") is also when the contributions ceased.
> >
> > Some others have been taking care of tasks 9, 11, 12 (in particular,
> > Anthony Liguori of Amazon has been helping, but on various occasions
> > also many others from other distros), but not yet of task 13.
> >
> > I understand that Gentoo is a community project run by volunteers, and I
> > am not complaining.  Rather, I think we need to discuss with Gentoo in
> > here and reassign to other distros whatever responsibilities Gentoo no
> > longer has resources for.  We should ideally keep at least one task
> > Gentoo's responsibility (and Gentoo should have specific people assigned
> > to that task), at least to be consistent with our current requirements
> > for new distros joining (linux-)distros.
> >
> > To Gentoo: which of these tasks, or other "contributing back" tasks, are
> > you (still) willing to handle, and who on your team would handle them?
> >
> > To others on linux-distros: which of the above tasks do you volunteer to
> > become primary for?
> >
> > To Amazon: do you want to remain backup for task 13, or do you not have
> > the resources to handle it?
> It's hard to be backup for this one as it is quite a lot of work
> compared to most other tasks.  I'd prefer someone else to pick it up if
> possible.  While I don't have the cycles to pick up 13, if you're
> willing to consider adding another person from Amazon, I think we could
> take primary on this one though.

No problem adding another person from Amazon, as long as that addition
wouldn't be solely for the statistics task, but would also benefit the
users of Amazon Linux.

Let's figure out if we should do that (and if it's still an option from
Amazon's side), or if another distro maybe offers to be primary for the
statistics task?


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