Friday Aug 22, 2008

An Inside look at Debian -- Chatting with DPL Steve McIntyre

Down in Argentina I grabbed some time with Steve McIntyre, Debian's 11th project leader since its founding 15 years ago.  Steve has been on the job since April of this year and I checked in to see how it was going.

My interview with Steve (17:36)  Listen (Mp3) Listen (ogg)


Right after this picture was taken Steve took second in the Mar Del Plata Caber toss

Some of the Topics we tackle: 

  • What Steve's been doing his first four months on the job
  • The survey he sent out to all the teams to see what was working and what wasn't, and what he learned
  • Progress on the search for the sender of the death threats
  • The dunc-tank brouhaha and how things have quieted since then
  • The power of derivatives (e.g. Ubuntu, the City of Munich, Spain...) and trying to make it easier for them to contribute back.
  • How decisions are made in this organized chaos -- a do-ocracy rather than a democracy and how things be dictatorial as a release nears
  • How Debian is similar to kernel.org

Extra credit reading: Debian GNU/Linux: 15 years old and at the Crossroads


Pau for now...

Thursday Apr 17, 2008

Debian and OSI Election Results

Well, it certainly is election season, both here in the US and in the Free and Open Source world.  As I mentioned a few entries ago, the new OpenSolaris Governing Board was elected at the end of last month.

Whose in at Debian?

The election results for Debian Project Leader were made public on Monday and winner was Steve McIntyre.  Steve has been a Debian developer for over 10 years and acted as the Assistant project leader in 2006 when Anthony Towns was DPL.  I met Steve at Debconf7 up in Edinburgh and he's a very good guy and looks good in a kilt ;)  Congratulations Steve!


Steve, being rammed by a flying head, is sporting the traditional Debian kilt.

OSI's Board for '08 

At the beginning of this month, after its April board meeting, the Open Source Initiative's board for 2008 was announced.  

The 2008 members are:

  • Michael Tiemann
  • Bruno de Souza (my podcast with Bruno from last year)
  • Alolita Sharma
  • Nnenna Nwakanma
  • Russell Nelson
  • Martin Michlmayr (New)
  • Harshad Gune (New)
  • Rishab Aiyer Ghosh
  • Danese Cooper
  • Ken Coar

Congratulations to all!  (For more details, check this out.)

Pau for now...

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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