contributed by andremachado, published on Wed Apr 16 11:17:45 2008 in news
Steve McIntyre elected Debian Project Leader 2008
The winner of the Debian Project Leader (DPL) 2008 election is Steve McIntyre, His term as DPL will extend for one year starting on April 17th, 2008.
The full Debian Project Leader Election 2008 results are available at this page. The Debian Project Secretary announced the results at this email. You can read all three DPL 2008 candidate platforms at the election page.
This year, over 49% of developers eligible to vote sent their votes to the Condorcet system.
The Debian Project's Constitution specifies the roles and duties of the DPL and the voting method used to select them. Elections are held annually for the position which carries a one year term.
The Debian Project community designed and evolved a solid governance system since 1993, having established shared conceptions of formal authority, leadership and meritocracy, limited by defined democratic adaptative mechanisms.
The Debian Project Leader 2008 election is another confirmation of the suitability of the framework to the Project objectives, defined by the Debian Social Contract, the Debian Constitution, ratified at Debian Policy, and one of the reasons why its developers are so committed.
The evolution of the Debian Project's system of governance was thoroughly studied by Siobhán O'Mahony, Assistant Professor at the University of California's Graduate School of Management, and Fabrizio Ferraro, General Management Professor at IESE. You can read more about it at this page , which includes a link to the complete scientific study with detailed research data and analysis.
About the Debian Project
Debian GNU / Linux is one of the free libre operating systems ( GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), running 18733+ officially maintained packages on 15 hardware platforms, from cell phones and network devices to mainframes and supercomputers, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the internet on the Debian Project.
Debian's dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, its constitutional non-profit nature, its open and meritocratic development model, organization and social governance make it a first among free libre operating system distributions.
The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract and the Debian Constitution, and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team and helpful users reporting bugs, suggestions, exchanging ideas, and registering experiences.
You can help Debian Project without joining it and even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.