Debian Project Adopts a Constitution
December 14, 1998
The Debian Project adopted a constitution which can be viewed at
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
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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