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    I have to be honest
    I'm really honored to be here
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    I don't say that to just every conference
    I care a lot about Debian
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    This is my 3rd Debconf I've ever been to.
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    There have been a lot of them so I
    obviously haven't been to that many
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    But I was at Debconf1
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    I just learned today that it was zero
    based so that it wasn't the first Debconf
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    which I should have known but didn't for
    some reason.
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    I was at the 2nd Debconf by accident
    somewhat because I was going to Libre
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    Software meeting and just happened to book
    my flights so that I could be at Debconf as well
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    I gave a regular track talk at Debconf10
    about the GPL v3
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    because it was in New York City where I
    was living at the time
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    and here I'm giving an invited speaker
    talk or a keynote or whatever else it is called here
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    That really means a lot to me.
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    I'm a fan of Debian, I'm a user of Debian.
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    I don't actually consider myself part of
    the Debian community
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    because other than filing a few bugs
    over the years
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    I haven't contributed all that much to
    Debian but I've relied on it and used it
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    and been a fan of it for so long
    that I really love your project.
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    So I am really honored to be invited to
    speak here
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    and I really believe that Debian is a
    very special project for a lot of reasons.
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    First of all it has thrived for longer than almost any free software project in existence
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    in a lot of ways. There are top 10 lists of projects that Debian is certainly on as far as longevity goes, maybe the top 5
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    It's governance is one of the few
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    democratically elected and
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    democratically controlled
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    governance processes in free software
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    Everyone is a fan of talking about this
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    'benevolent dictator' stuff
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    which I think is really horrible
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    The fact that somebody would call
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    themselves a 'self appointed benevolent
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    dictator for life' is really disturbing.
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    You are democratic.
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    You elect your leadership.
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    You have referendums on major issues
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    that everyone can vote on.
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    That is amazingly rare, impressive
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    and important for free software.
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    The other thing that really impresses me,
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    in particular being somebody from the
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    non-profit world,
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    is that Debian has been staunchly
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    non-commercial for it's entire existence
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    Of course I don't mean that Debian
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    can't be used in commercial settings
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    DFSG free means that things can be put
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    into commercial products.
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    What I mean is the project itself has
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    always been non-commercial,
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    meaning that the people that work on it
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    are volunteering, and even if their
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    employers are paying them to work on it
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    they are part of a community
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    and are not doing their work inside Debian
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    as officially part of
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    some commercial activity.
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    Most free software projects these days
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    are controlled by
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    some commercial entity or another.
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    Debian is not.
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    I was at Debconf1 which was really
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    exciting for me.
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    I was a young executive director of
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    Free Software.
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    I showed this picture to Karen Sandler who
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    I work with and said how different I look.
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    She said I don't look different at all,
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    but, speaking as the person that looks
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    at that face in the mirror every morning,
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    there are a lot more lines on my face
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    than there.
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    That is a smooth looking baby face that I
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    had 14 years ago that I don't have anymore
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    I was pretty casual back then.
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    I'm not in short trousers any more.
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    It's hard to see and
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    you can see it in some of the other photos
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    that I was.
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    Even in this heat I haven't worn short
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    trousers in a very long time.
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    [bdale heckles] What's that?
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    Bdale, I was thinking about mentioning you
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    and now I have to because you are heckling
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    me [laughter]. Bdale is the one adult
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    in the room that can dress like
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    everyone else but I can't pull it off
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    I respect Bdale that he can.
    The tie-dye still works for him.
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    And I stopped wearing t-shirts years ago
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    and here I'm sweating in my long sleeves
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    halfway between hacker and suit attire.
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    And there [in the photo] I'm talking to
    Martin Michmayer
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    I'm going to do questions at the end Lars.
    I'm not good with questions because I
    get off topic easy.
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    I left 17 minutes at the end for questions
    which Bdale just took 3 of [laughter]
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    There I'm talking to Martin Michlmayer
    when I first met him.
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    A lot of things have changed since I
    looked at this photo.
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    But one thing that hasn't changed
    If you look, you see this face that Martin
    is making.
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    He still makes that face at me every time
    I talk to him, which sort of says
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    "You do not know what you are talking
    about"
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    That hasn't changed, which is good.
    [laughter]. I'm glad he is laughing in the
    back there.
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    Some things have stayed the same.
    Martin still thinks I'm full of it.
    And I probably am, so that's ok.
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    I like people to keep me honest.
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    Other than jokes, the thing that hasn't
    really changed since I was first
    introduced to the Debian community
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    in person back in 2001, is the ethos of
    this community is still the same one that
    I remember
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    even though a lot of the developers
    have changed.
Titolo:
ftp.acc.umu.se/.../Debians_Central_Role_in_the_Future_of_Software_Freedom.webm
Video Language:
English
Team:
Debconf
Progetto:
2015_debconf15

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