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Jonathan Carter wins race to lead Debian for next year

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South African developer Jonathan Carter will be the leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project for the next year, after he defeated the two other contenders in the race, according to the results which were declared on Sunday.

Carter was up against Sruthi Chandran, who was bidding to become the first female leader of the project, and Brian Gupta, a member of the project for the last seven years.

Carter had cited the need for better publicity, getting more feedback to ease up issues that contributors faced and better visibility and transparency about funds received and how they were spent in his election platform.

The 2019 winner, Sam Hartman, did not run, saying he did not think it was a good idea to do so right now, but not ruling out the possibility of running for the post in the future.

The Debian election is decided by the Condorcet method, which is a wee bit different from the methods used by other entities.

As the project says, "Consider all possible two-way races between candidates. The Condorcet winner, if there is one, is the one candidate who can beat each other candidate in a two-way race with that candidate."

Debian is one of the few free software projects that holds elections. It has done so since it was set up in 1993 by the late Ian Murdock.

The community Linux distribution caters to the largest number of architectures among the 300-odd distros, and has served as the foundation for many other distributions, including Ubuntu, the most popular and most widely used distro.


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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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