contributed by andremachado, published on Sat Sep 1 14:41:36 2007 in news
Bdale Garbee, former Debian Project Leader, now chief technologist at HP Open Source & Linux Organization, talked about Debian Project.
He highlighted the history, his and other developers motivations and some of the key advantageous characteristics of Debian Project, like its Constitution, Social Contract, elected Debian Project Leader, Secretary, Technical Commitee, and Debian Policy for developers.He talked about Debian Project being a social phenomenon.
Since Debian isn't a company, developers don't have to worry about being bought or sold, going through a hostile take-over, answering to shareholders or going bankrupt, Garbe said. A motivated developer with an aligned profile to the project culture could become a New Maintainer.
Other people beyond coders and developers can help, for example, translating, creating art, giving legal advice, accounting, maintaining infrastructure, documentation and much more.
Debian runs on more kinds of computer hardware than any other Linux distribution, and includes more packaged and tested software than any other distribution I know of. It's used in everything from wrist watches to mainframes, including desktops, notebooks, handheld devices and mobile phones. Without the constraints of a financial enterprise, people are free to work on the things that really matter to them. The Debian Project is a collaborative community that enables tremendous innovation and endless possibilities, which is why you may hear Debian referred to as the universal operating system. Debian continues to thrive after 14 years.
As I roll the clock forward, I realize that derivatives will come and go, but -- unless the Debian Project loses its way in the next five to 10 years -- it will still be around, still be an industry enigma. There will always be people who don't understand how it works or why we volunteers do what we do, but Debian will continue to fuel technical innovation and evolve its social processes. People will still have fun working together and making an extraordinarily significant contribution to computer users around the world, Garbe said.