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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
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    Libre Software Meeting and just
    happened to
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    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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    Here I'm giving an invited speaker talk or
    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
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    in existence in a lot of ways.
    There are top 10 lists of projects that
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    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
    democratically elected and
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    democratically controlled
    governance processes in free software
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    Everyone is a fan of talking about this
    'benevolent dictator' stuff
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    which I think is really horrible
    The fact that somebody would call
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    themselves a 'self appointed benevolent
    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
    that everyone can vote on.
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    That is amazingly rare, impressive
    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
    non-profit world,
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    is that Debian has been staunchly
    non-commercial for it's entire existence.
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    Of course I don't mean that Debian
    can't be used in commercial settings.
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    DFSG free means that things can be put
    into commercial products.
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    What I mean is that the project itself has
    always been non-commercial,
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    meaning that the people that work on it
    are volunteering,
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    and, even if their employers are paying
    them to work on it,
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    they are part of a community and not
    doing their work inside Debian as
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    officially part of some
    commercial activity.
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    Most free software projects these days
    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
    exciting for me.
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    I was a young executive director of
    Free Software.
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    I showed this picture to Karen Sandler who
    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
    at that face in the mirror every morning,
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    there are a lot more lines on my face
    than there.
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    That is a smooth looking baby face that I
    had 14 years ago that I don't have anymore
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    I was pretty casual back then.
    I'm not in short trousers any more.
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    It's hard to see and you can see it in
    some of the other photos that I was.
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    Even in this heat like this I haven't
    worn short trousers in a very long time.
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    What's that? [bdale heckles]
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    Bdale, I was thinking about mentioning you
    and now I have to because you are heckling
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    me [laughter]. Bdale is the one adult
    in the room who can dress like
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    everybody 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
    at conferences
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    and here I'm sweating in my long sleeves
    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,
    if that's ok.
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    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,
    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 like
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    "You do not know what you are talking
    about". That hasn't changed, which is good
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    [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.
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    And I probably am, so that's ok.
    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
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    introduced to the Debian community, in
    person, back in 2001,
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    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.
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    I talked to somebody who had never
    even installed Debian when they were at
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    DebConf1. I talked to someone who was
    12 years old at the time of DebConf1.
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    I find it impressive that what I call the
    'morality of the hobbyist contributor'
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    still lives strongly in Debian.
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    The people in Debian want to do what is
    right for other people -
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    their users, co-developers,
    co-contributors.
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    They also volunteer to do that.
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    As I said before, that doesn't mean that
    they aren't being paid to do their work.
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    It's the classic free software thing: lots
    of people get paid to write free software.
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    What I've seen recently, in many free
    software projects, is that
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    companies have used that. I think
    OpenStack is one of the worst examples
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    of this. To control the project by hiring
    lots of it's developers.
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    They have this kindof pull over the
    project. I think that a lot of people that
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    work at OpenStack would say they are
    employers employee first and an
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    OpenStack contributor second.
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    I don't know anyone in Debian who would
    not say 'I am a Debian developer' first
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    and then I happen to be employed as a
    second issue.
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    Debian is their first priority.
    Their job is their second.
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    That hobbyist culture of 'my volunteer
    work matters more to me than
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    what actually pays me for a living'
    is the kind of mentality that I am such a
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    fan of. I try to live that in my own work
    as well.
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    I like interacting with the community.
    I usually find conferences very stressful.
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    This one I do not find as stressful
    other than I'm standing in a room with a
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    huge number of people. Other than that
    I don't find it stressful
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    because this is the kind of community
    that thinks that way.
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    I think a lot of it has to do with the
    other structures you have set up around
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    yourselves. The idea of having charities
    that you work with
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    which you have chosen to do a multi
    charity situation where you have lots
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    around the world that you can interact
    with.
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    One of them was founded by a Debian
    developer initially.
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    You reach out to other partnerships or
    charities as a non-commercial community
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    That allows you to have an infrastructure
    that you can rely on that helps
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    you maintain that community.
    I'm very glad that you do that.
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    I used to work for the FSF and am still on
    the board of directors.
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    Early in the project Debian was more or
    less a GNU project for a while.
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    It was part of the FSF. I know that
    relationship has never been perfect
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    sometimes rocky and sometimes better,
    but the FSF saw this in Debian too
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    very early on. (08:07)
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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