Linux.com: As Etch Progresses, Debian’s Release Manager Talks Turkey

“Release managers are not mentioned in the Debian Constitution,
yet few positions in Debian are more influential, especially in the
final stages of preparation for a release. Recently, Andreas Barth,
who shares the release manager position with Steve Langasek, took
time from his efforts coordinating the Etch release–tentatively
scheduled for early December–to talk about the stages in the
release process, the goals for the upcoming release, and the short-
and long-range problems that he faces in his role. Contrary to some
predictions of disaster, he presents a picture of a distribution
that is continuing to evolve without sacrificing the openness for
which it is often admired.

“The Debian release team for Etch would be a large department in
most companies. Besides the two release managers, it includes five
release assistants, and at least 20 other people involved in
quality assurance, installation, and writing release notes and


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