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Questions for all candidates: the DPL as a creator of public opinion


The DPL is described as a representative of Debian to the general
public, and as a vision-definer inside the Debian Project. Also, the DPL
is given the responsibility of "building good relationships with other
organizations and companies". [0]

Currently, the FOSS world is facing major challenges that concern most
aspects of this community: core questions of value are in discussion
[1], the viability and sustainability of volunteer work is questioned
[2], and various attempts at making commercial profit and business
models are affecting the community [3] -- for better or for worse. All
these issues are much more visible and affects a larger amount of people
than ever before. Also, issues of freedom and openness are raised in
other fields besides computing [4].

Against this background, what is your opinion on the following:

     1. Is Debian affected by what happens in the FOSS world in general?
        How? Please give examples if you can.
     2. Has the definition (written or implied) of freedom in Debian
        changed over the years? How?
     3. Is the understanding of freedom in Debian up to date with regard
        to the current state of the world? How does this show?
     4. Does Debian have a good relationship with well-known
        organisations such as FSF, Creative Commons or <insert your own
        example(s) here>? Why/why not?
     5. As DPL, what would you rather work on in your vision-defining
        capacity: defining a special Debian-freedom, or encouraging
        Debian to embrace other definitions? Why and how?

Finally, please tell us as much as you want about what has led you
towards Debian and free software instead of non-free alternatives. Why
have you taken this path in life? Why is it important to you personally?

Thank you!

[0] http://www.debian.org/devel/leader
[1] For example, the GPLv3 process or the Debian GR on the GNU FDL.
[2] This been discussed in Debian for a long time: the release process,
    the NM process, etc.
[3] Too many to list here, but two examples are Nokia's involvement and
    Oracle's recent acquisition of Sleepycat.
[4] For example, Creative Commons have expanded the view to include all
    forms of cultural expression, which includes works that can be
    considered for inclusion in Debian.

Fabian Fagerholm <fabbe@debian.org>

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