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DebianPlanet: Wichert Akkerman: Looking backwards, looking forwards

Feb 15, 2001, 23:14 (2 Talkback[s])
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"It's been weeks in the making, and for those of you who reside on OpenProjects, you've known it's been coming (and delayed countless of times too). In an exclusive interview with DebianPlanet, Wichert Akkerman gives what could possibly be his last interview as Debian Project Leader. After two years in the top job at Debian, Wichert has decided to calls it quits and not to rerun for election in a bid for third term. In this interview with Edward Lang (woot) and myself at linux.conf.au (plus some recent updating), Wichert reflects not only about the past of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution and his own role in it, but also the project's most pressing issues today from its community to the constitution. This insightful interview with Wichert, wouldn't be complete without a peek into Wichert's own crystal ball on the project's future and the promise of dpkg v2 on the horizon. So enjoy this look forwards and look backwards into Debian with Wichert Akkerman."

"When did you join the developer community and start maintaining packages?

"It was around the time when the switch from the a.out to the ELF binary format and the do-it-yourself thing I built was already completely ELF while Debian was still doing the switch. The strace package hadn't switched yet so I sent in a patch to compile on an ELF system and the maintainer basically said, 'Ah, okay, thanks for the patch. I don't have time to maintain this, would you like to take it over?', so that's how I got the strace package."

"How did you rise through the ranks of Debian to eventually move yourself into a position to getting elected as Project Leader?"

"Just do stuff. Yeah, basically just do stuff and post emails. Soon people will recognise your name and figure what you're doing. At some point I decided for some reason to nominate myself for the DPL elections and people were crazy enough to vote for me. :)"

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