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Debian Project Adopts a Constitution

Debian GNU/Linux
Debian Project Adopts a Constitution
December 14, 1998

>> News 

The Debian Project adopted a constitution which can be viewed at 
<http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution>.  The highlights of the 
constitution include the creation of the Technical Committee, the Project 
Leader postion, the Project Secretary position, Leader Delegate positions 
and a voting proceedure.  The constitution was proposed in September 1998, 
and after a discussion period the vote took place in December 1998.  It was 
virtually unanimously in favor with 86 valid votes.

The discussion about the constitution began in early 1998 and was carried 
out on the Debian mailing lists.  Most of the discussion can be found in the 
archives of the debian-devel mailing list at  <http://www.debian.org/Lists-Ar
chives/>.  Details of the vote can be found at <http://www.debian.org/vote/19

The constitution describes the organisational structure for formal 
decisionmaking within the Debian Project.  As Debian continues to grow, this 
will be a valuable document to ensure that Debian continues to evolve and 
grow with the input and contributions from its membership.

>> About Debian

Debian GNU/Linux is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system.
It is maintained and updated through the work of many users who volunteer 
their time and effort.

Linux kernel based operating systems are POSIX based, freely distributable, 
and includes features such as true multitasking, virtual memory, shared 
libraries, demand loading, proper memory management, TCP/IP networking, and 
other features consistent with Unix-type systems.  It is used by individuals 
and organizations worldwide.

>> Contact Information 

For further information, please send email to the Debian Press Contact 
<press@debian.org> or visit the Debian homepage at <http://www.debian.org/>.

Nils Lohner				E-Mail: lohner@debian.org
Debian Press Contact                    Press:  press@debian.org

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