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It has come to this...

As anyone who has been watching the evolution of Debian for awhile is
well aware, the development of it has been plagued by missed deadlines
and unkept promises.  These problems have been entirely my fault; I
wish I had nothing more to do but Debian, but unfortunately this is
not the case.  And I'm afraid that the situation is getting no better.

Three weeks ago I had to get a second job because my bank account
dipped below zero.  Now I'm a full-time Computer Science student with
two part-time jobs totaling 28 hours of work per week, 18 hours a week
in class and God knows how many hours a week outside of class doing my
homework and programming projects.  And then there's Debian.  And I am
moving to Michigan in May, getting married in October...  The facts
are that I have exceeded my limit.  I probably did long ago, but I
love working on Debian so much that I haven't been willing to admit
that to myself.

I'm going to take a break.  I can't do it anymore.  I have made
several .tar.gz files of the Debian 0.92 directories from my system,
and I can make them available to the rest of the developers and anyone
who wants to continue working on Debian.  I have also made an archive
of my sources, most of which are in extreme disarray.

Debian is my ``baby'', and it pains me greatly to have to do this.
But I have no other choice.  My role in the project is going to have
to be significantly reduced.  There is absolutely no way that I can
continue to do what I have been doing.  This is a major setback for
the project, but it _can_ survive.  I will continue to contribute to
it as much as my time allows and to help organize it as best I can.
But the days of Ian-centralized releases are over.  Please show me
that the group development of Debian I envisioned can work.  If
everyone can do their part we can get back on track.

Please don't flame me for my decision.  I wish I didn't have to make

Ian Murdock <imurdock@gnu.ai.mit.edu>

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