The Debian Democracy
Apr 20, 2010, 01:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Do you consider yourself to be fairly familiar with
the Debian Linux distribution? I thought I was familiar with it
enough to know its origin and history, how its name was derived and
that Richard Stallman, the Father of the Free Software movement,
uses a Debian derivative (gNewSense) for his own personal computer.
There's one significant piece of the Debian puzzle that I didn't
know about: Its Constitution.
"It has a Constitution and well-defined leadership roles. It
also has well thought out rules of engagement, problem resolution
and overall structure. I sincerely applaud the creators and
successors who've pushed Debian into the mainstream for the past 17
years. Yes, 17 years--can you believe it?
"When I first heard about Debian, I was working in a small IT
support group for about 400 developers and their support staff. I
ran an early version of Red Hat Linux on a clandestinely obtained
computer in my cubicle. About three dozen of the organization's
hardcore developers had access to it. They did some of their
development with it and requested, through their management, that I
construct and deploy some real server hardware for them using
Linux. Red Hat was OK with them but one java developer preferred
something called Debian."