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[wlug] How Debian Almost Failed to Elect a Project Leader

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Peter Reutemann fracpete@w...
Mon Mar 18 12:36:30 NZDT 2019

'Five candidates now are running to be Debian's project leader for the
coming year. But earlier this week, Slashdot reader Seven Spirals
shared LWN's story about what a difficult election it's been:

This year, the call for nominations was duly sent out by project
secretary Kurt Roeckx on March 3. But, as of March 10, no eligible
candidates had put their names forward... There is nobody there to do
any campaigning.

This being Debian, the constitution naturally describes what is to
happen in this situation: the nomination period is extended for
another week... Should this deadline also pass without candidates, it
will be extended for another week; this loop will repeat indefinitely
until somebody gives in and submits their name... In the absence of a
project leader, the chair of the technical committee and the project
secretary are empowered to make decisions -- as long as they are able
to agree on what those decisions should be. Since Debian developers
are famously an agreeable and non-argumentative bunch, there should be
no problem with that aspect of things...

One might well wonder, though, why there seems to be nobody who wants
to take the helm of this project for a year. The fact that it is an
unpaid position requiring a lot of time and travel might have
something to do with it. If that were indeed to prove to be part of
the problem, Debian might eventually have to consider doing what a
number of similar organizations have done and create a paid position
to do this work'

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Cheers, Peter
Peter Reutemann
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174

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