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Debian welcomes diversity

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian welcomes diversity                         press@lists.debian.org
June 6th, 2012                  http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120606

The Debian Project is pleased to announce the availability of its
diversity statement [1], approved by a large majority of the project
members [2].

    1 : http://www.debian.org/intro/diversity
    2 : http://www.debian.org/vote/2012/vote_002

The technical side of the Debian Project is already committed to
diversity: we don't accept discrimination against persons, groups or
fields of endeavor in our software (Debian Free Software Guidelines,
points 5 and 6 [3]). Now, the community part of the Debian Project
explicitly welcomes and encourages participation by everyone.

    3 : http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines

"The constructive and fruitful discussion that led to the current
version of this statement was really encouraging", said Francesca
Ciceri, who proposed the initial draft and took a lot of other opinions
into account. "I'd like to thank all the people who participated in the
drafting process proposing changes and fixes, explaining different
points of view and approving this initiative", Francesca added.

"This statement marks a new stage in the process of welcoming
contributors to our project", said Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian Project
Leader. "Community diversity goes hand in hand with community richness."

About Debian

The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free
community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the
largest and most influential open source projects. Thousands of
volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain
Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range
of computer types, Debian calls itself the "universal operating system".

Contact Information

For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
http://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <press@debian.org>.

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