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:
- Order the candidates based on the perceived solidity of actual technical changes they propose to make to Debian.
- 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:
"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 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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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."