Questions to candidates
this morning I wrote in private to the DPL candidates but tbm asked me to
foreward my questions to debian-vote which I'm doing hereby ...
Here are my questions:
1. My concern is to propagate Custom Debian Distributions because
I think we should set a stronger focus to the end user. I see
Debian as a missing link between upstream developers and end
users and Custom Debian distributions are a good way to care for
What are your plans according to Custom Debian Distributions?
2. Recently we had some flamewars about concentration of "power" for
some people inside Debian. While I'm much more relaxed than many
others and save my time for work instead of fighting flame wars
I have one certain question here. How do you see the role of
James Troup in the project?
While I think that he did a great job in terms of finding technical
solutions he absolutely fails in communication with people. This
starts with the fact that he is known to actively maintain a quite
long killfile (accompanied with the ability to ignore requests
of people) and ends with the inability to accept critics to his
person. While I have no personal problems to cope with those
people I noticed that this behaviour of a person who is doing
not only one important job for the project does harm to the Debian
project in general. I had several private discussions with
outsiders. For instance one opinion was that the persion would
not apply as New Maintainer as long as James Troup is ruling
Debian. (Please note: I do not think that James Troup is really
ruling Debian - I was just quoting.)
So what are your plans to enhance communication with people on
important positions in Debian and how do you think that important
jobs might be split onto different shoulders?
3. Do you think Debian should continue to support non-free?
4. Does your normal live allow sparsing time for Debian leadership
which seems to include much additional work (perhaps you will not
be able to continue on working on your packages) and does your
current employer accept your intention.
A. Meta-question: Do you know that your jpb as a Debian leader has
the consequence to travel in several countries all over the world
which might lead to the situation that some countries handle you
like a criminal by taking your finger prints? I personally would
not like to be handled like a criminal and thus I did not accepted
the invitation to a conference in Texas.
Thanks for supporting Debian by volunteering for leadership
PS: I have read the plans of each candidate and know that some of my
questions are answered indirectly in some statements but I wanted
to ask these question to each of you in the same manner. I do not
mind if you answer any of these question via a link to a certain
paragraph of your statements.