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Re: Debian Project Leader?

Hi Paul,

On 22/03/14 at 14:23 +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
> Please imagine a Debian without the DPL position. How would it be
> better, how would it be worse, how would things work differently,
> would it be desirable?

Someone said that Debian is an extremely functional anarchic project.
I love that quote. What would be the impact of increasing the amount of
anarchism in Debian by removing the DPL? That's a very good question.

I think that the main problem would be with other entities Debian 
interacts with (other big players of the Free Software world, the press, 
etc), because such organizations are used to talking to organizations 
with someone clearly identified as the representative.

For other outsiders (e.g., prospective contributors), it might make 
Debian slightly harder to grasp. Since we are already a quite complex
project, it might not be a good idea to make us even more complex :-)

Internally, we would need to adjust, but I'm quite sure that we would
manage. Actually, the lack of a DPL might make everybody feel more 
enabled/empowered to solve problems that are usually deferred to the
DPL, which could be a good thing.


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