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Debian crisis

It now appears that Debian’s community fabric is unravelling. I have been watching Debian Planet for the past few weeks and also following links I found there to flame wars of very types over different topics. On my own, I have followed several flame wars on debian-devel such as the recent one on ndiswrapper. There have been a number of flamewars, especially on the Planet, over the upcoming Debian PL elections. Lots of name calling and fervor. Today all of this and other internal problems with people abusing their power culminated in the coordinator for Debian’s Stable releases to “give up”. And I can’t say that I blame him.

Additionally, none of the DPL candidates seem to qualified for the job - especially when it appears that what is needed most now is a leader. So it appears that in short order, short of Ian Murdock returning to save the project, Debian will be collapsing, a victim of it’s own success and democratic principals. 1,000 people in a room shouting at each other in an attempt to shape the project in their own image.

Where’s a benevolent dictator when you need one?

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