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Debian at the crossroads

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The Debian GNU/Linux project has come to some kind of crossroads - due to many factors, some of them artificial - and the man who takes over leadership next month will have to make some crucial decisions on the future direction of the project.

Voting is in progress for the next leader who will take over on April 17. Eight candidates are in the running, including the incumbent, Anthony Towns.

Apart from the platforms put forward by the candidate and an exhaustive debate, all of which is online, an interview given by the founder of the project, Ian Murdock, may also have some influence on the outcome.

In the interview, Murdock expressed disappointment with the way the Debian project was moving on some fronts; in the main, he attributed the problems that had arisen to the democratic process which Debian follows.

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