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Debian's developer dilemma: Why Debian should vote "yes"

Oct 11, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

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"It takes all kinds to put together a Linux distribution or any open source project. Historically, though, Debian has only given full privileges to those contributors who have a developer bent. Is the project ready to recognize more contributors?

"The Debian project is, in many ways, a model example of how an open source project should be run. Its Social Contract, Free Software Guidelines (DFSG), and Constitution have served the project well and influenced many other substantial FOSS projects when it comes to project governance.

"But voting rights are restricted to developers, or at least that's the impression most people get when looking through the process to become a Debian Developer. It's not that the project explicitly disallows non-developers membership, it's that the path to becoming a voting member (Debian Developer) is practically hard-coded to require a contributor to maintain packages or do some kind of development. Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli put forward a General Resolution to welcome non-packaging contributors to Debian. A similar proposal came up in 2008, but was tabled for further discussion."

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