Sam Hartman Says Decision Making Can Be Improved In Debian Project

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Sam Hartman is the new Debian project leader who has been chosen this year, as we comment on LxA. And shortly after taking his new position in the hierarchy of this huge project, he has already talked about some things that could be improved. The self-criticism is very positive and I hope that with each new air that enters this project, we can move forward. And one of those steps you can take up front is in the way you make decisions.

The new leader thinks that one of the things that have stopped the project is the amount of time it takes to the decisions, and that developers are often frustrated with the tools and processes that are used. Therefore, this should be one of the priorities in your new position, to improve all this. He has also shared some anecdotes about how he started using Debian in 1996 or how he joined the project.

Regarding his incorporation or discovery into the Linux world, he says that in 1996 he discovered Debian as a powerful Linux that allowed him leave TWO. Then, having done research during his college days with Kerberos, he would work on that MIT project and take on various roles. He would also create a consulting company after leaving the IETF, where Debian was still present and working on the Moonshot project.

Hartman is currently still keeping Kerberos and Moonshot code on Debian, and also assumes the leadership of the Debian Project. By the way, Kerberos is a fairly well known project and I think it needs no introduction, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with Moonshot, it is a technology based on the open IETF ABFAB standard. Moonshot, like Kerberos, is a security-related project. It is intended to allow federated access to virtually any application or service.


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