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Ten days back, the new leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project, Stefano Zacchiroli, began his term as the only elected leader of a free software project. But that's not the only thing that makes Debian unique in the FOSS space.


The project has well over 1000 developers from all corners of the globe and, despite the arguments and debates that figure on its many mailing lists, still puts together a distribution that is top quality and caters to more architectures than any other.
Stefano Zacchiroli
Zacchiroli, a post-doctoral fellow at a university in Paris, thus has a fairly tough task ahead as he begins his term. He took some time out to speak to iTWire about his plans for the year.

Congratulations on being elected. What does it feel like to be the leader of a group that has 1000+ developers and about 2000 opinions?

Thanks... but I don't think your numbers are fair. We do have different opinions on specific subjects sometimes, but not (yet) more than one per DD (Debian developer). In fact, I find that having different opinions and using democracy and do-ocracy to face them is one of the most interesting and distinguishing features of the Debian project.

Back to your question, my main feelings are: being honoured by the trust that others DDs have shown in me plus some excitement about the possibility of helping them enjoy their participation in Debian more. (There is also) a tiny, teeny little bit of fear over the responsibility.

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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