Since I find the DPL position increasingly uninteresting except as a position of technical leadership, I will probably use the following simple metric (which I think of as the "degrees from Bruce Perens" metric) to rank my choices for Debian Project Leader in this year's elections:

  1. Order the candidates based on the perceived solidity of actual technical changes they propose to make to Debian.
  2. Rank "further discussion" above the first candidate whom I could not bear to see as DPL.

I won't bother listing the result, it's pretty predictable. But I will here excerpt all the at least vaguely technical content from the candidate's platforms:

  • Jeroen

    "Debian needs to focus on technical excellence with free software"

    "I will encourage more use of the official wiki"

  • Ari / Zeke

    "I propose that all software in Debian be relicensed"

    "Also, we should remove all pictures taken by cameras with non-free firmware from the Debian Project."

    "I'd like to introduce a new Debian GNU/Plan 9 port"

  • Steve

    (Steve wrote mikmod. Amazed I never connected those two dots before.)

    "more documentation on best-practice packaging and testing methods"

    "considering the impact of changes on the release schedule"

  • Aj

    "The most important thing that I think would benefit Debian is increasing its tempo."

    "And sometimes doing it fast helps you to do it right"

    "getting updates accepted into the archive more frequently than once a day"

    "having frequent beta releases of etch/testing that we can legitimately call a release (benefiting from the ongoing work of the installer and testing-security teams)"

    "having reliably quick resolution of RC bugs in unstable"

    "automated testing efforts"

  • Andreas

    "having more frequent and regular releases."

    "We have a good, realistic timetable for the release of Etch, and this should be made a priority,"

    "Becoming More Purpose-Driven"

  • Johnathan

    "When projects like Ubuntu and Progeny come along and pay people to do the boring parts of the work, we should be ecstatic."

    "a life-size statue on the grounds of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute"

  • Bill

    "Be strict in what you send, liberal in what you accept."

    "One of the problem of Debian is that too few developers consider the distribution globally rather than a collection of packages."