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Debian Re-elects DPL and Remains Officially Neutral on FSF

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  • Debian's election results

    The Debian project has voted strongly to retain Jonathan Carter as the project leader. On that other little nagging issue, the project has voted not to issue a statement regarding Richard Stallman's return to the Free Software Foundation board of directors. This, too, was a relatively strong result over the other options. Details can be found on the specific pages for the project leader and general resolution ballots.

  • Bits from Debian: Debian Project Leader election 2021, Jonathan Carter re-elected.

    The voting period and tally of votes for the Debian Project Leader election has just concluded, and the winner is Jonathan Carter!

    455 of 1,1018 Developers voted using the Condorcet method.

  • Jonathan Carter Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

    Jonathan Carter who was initially elected as Debian Project Leader last year to succeed Sam Hartman has now been re-elected for another year serving in this role.

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    During this year's DPL voting was also a general resolution vote over whether Debian should make a statement regarding Richard Stallman's readmission to the FSF board. The choices were calling on the FSF board to remove him, call for Stallman's resignation from all FSF bodies, discourage collaboration with the FSF while Stallman is in a leading position, call on the FSF to further its governance processes, support Stallman's reinstatement, denounce "the witch-hunt against RMS and the FSF", or Debian will not issue a public statement.

    In the end, Debian decided to go with issuing no statement on the matter: "Debian will not issue a public statement on this issue." The most voted on proposal reads, "The Debian Project will not issue a public statement on whether Richard Stallman should be removed from leadership positions or not. Any individual (including Debian members) wishing to (co-)sign any of the open letters on this subject is invited to do this in a personal capacity."

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From ITWire

  • Debian votes for no statement on Stallman's move back to FSF board Featured

    The Debian GNU/Linux project has voted to stay out of the controversy over Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman rejoining the board in March, by backing the option of not releasing a statement on the issue as an organisation.

  • Jonathan Carter wins second term as Debian leader

    South African developer Jonathan Carter will continue to lead the Debian GNU/Linux project for a second year, after winning the election for the position, the results of which were declared over the weekend.

    Carter had only one opponent, Sruthi Chandran. She contested the elections in 2020 as well, but was unsuccessful that year too.

    Debian uses the Condorcet method for deciding its elections and this system is explained thus: "Consider all possible two-way races between candidates. The Condorcet winner, if there is one, is the one candidate who can beat every other candidate in a two-way race with that candidate."

    Carter received 421 votes while Chandran was backed by 312 developers. The project has more than 1000 developers spread all over the globe.

Jonathan Carter Has Been Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

  • Jonathan Carter Has Been Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

    The Debian developer community, who develops the popular Linux-based Debian operating system, has re-elected South African developer Jonathan Carter as their great leader with a 210 votes favoring him over the Indian challenger Sruthi Chandran. The Debian community has also voted against participating in any ongoing online mob bullying targeting elderly individuals.

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    Jonathan Carter a number of Debian packages, including many gaming-focused ones like Lutris, MangoHud, vkBasalt and Starfighter.

    Both of this years DPL candidates published platform documents outlining their plans if they were to be re-elected. Sruthi Chandran stated that she would be working towards bringing more diversity and more "non-male" candidates into the Debian community.

Debian votes on a statement — and a leader

  • Debian votes on a statement — and a leader

    Richard Stallman's return to the Free Software Foundation's board of directors has provoked a flurry of responses, and many organizations in the free-software community have expressed their unhappiness with that appointment. In almost every case, the process leading up to that expression has been carried out behind closed doors. The Debian project, instead, is deciding what to do in a classic Debian way — holding a public vote on a general resolution with a wide range of possible outcomes.
    The discussion appears to have started on March 23, when Gunnar Wolf floated the possibility of the project taking a position on this issue. One day later, Steve Langasek proposed a general resolution that would make the project a signatory of this open letter opposing Stallman's return. Several hundred (not always pleasant) emails and many proposed amendments later, the final resolution was put out for a vote. In fitting with Debian's reputation for packaging everything, this ballot contains eight options for developers to rank, covering a whole spectrum of potential actions.

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