The Words of the Sledge
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Why do you work on Debian?
That's a question I've been asked (by myself and others) lots of
times over the years I've been involved. Especially over the last few
months while I've been wandering around Europe on the BSP and party
trail, I've also been asking other people to explain their motivations
too. For myself, I must admit that I'm selfish:
- I want to have a good free operating system for
me to use, and Debian certainly fits that need.
- I'm a bit of a control freak - to make sure that
the OS matches what I need, I want to be able to contribute and help
direct how things are done. Again, Debian fits that for me.
- I want to be able to trust the OS and the people
working on it. Debian certainly meets that - I've met large numbers of
DDs now, and almost without fail they're competent, friendly people
who are good to work with and (probably just as importantly to me)
good to meet up with and socialise with.
- I like stability too. There's a very large
selection of software available for me to use, yet I can just install
stable on my servers without having to worry personally about the
security of all the random packages I may install. I can also rely on
new stable releases coming along from time to time, with good support
for upgrades and plenty of support for older releases so I can safely
upgrade without surprises.
Obviously, there's also the fun of hacking on a variety of Free
software programs. But that's something I could do on my own, or
within a multitude of projects out there. But in very few of those
would I be able to materially affect how I use my own computers every
So, my question for the other Debian people: what gets
you working on Debian?