Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:14

Neil McGovern is new leader of Debian GNU/Linux project

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Senior developer Neil McGovern has been elected as the leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project for 2015-16 and will take over from Lucas Nussbaum who has just completed a two-year term in the post.

The other two candidates in the race were Gergely Nagy and Mehdi Dogguy.

McGovern has been with the Debian project for the last 12 years and was the release manager for the last three versions – Lenny, Squeeze and Wheezy. (Debian releases are named after characters from the film Toy Story.)

He has also been functioning as one of the media officers for the project which draws together more than 1000 developers from all over the globe to produce what is arguably the GNU/Linux distribution with the best package management system.

A resident of the UK, McGovern works for Collabora, an open source software consultancy company, as engineering manager.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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