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Debian Project Adopts a Constitution
December 14, 1998

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The Debian Project adopted a constitution which can be viewed at http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution. The highlights of the constitution include the creation of the Technical Committee, the Project Leader postion, the Project Secretary position, Leader Delegate positions and a voting proceedure. The constitution was proposed in September 1998, and after a discussion period the vote took place in December 1998. It was virtually unanimously in favor with 86 valid votes.

The discussion about the constitution began in early 1998 and was carried out on the Debian mailing lists. Most of the discussion can be found in the archives of the debian-devel mailing list at http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/. Details of the vote can be found at http://www.debian.org/vote/1999/vote_0000.

The constitution describes the organisational structure for formal decisionmaking within the Debian Project. As Debian continues to grow, this will be a valuable document to ensure that Debian continues to evolve and grow with the input and contributions from its membership.

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Debian GNU/Linux is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is maintained and updated through the work of many users who volunteer their time and effort.

Linux kernel based operating systems are POSIX based, freely distributable, and includes features such as true multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, demand loading, proper memory management, TCP/IP networking, and other features consistent with Unix-type systems. It is used by individuals and organizations worldwide.

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For further information, please send email to the Debian Press Contact press@debian.org or visit the Debian homepage at http://www.debian.org/ .

Nils Lohner                             E-Mail: lohner@debian.org
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