Hocevar's election comes at a time when Debian may be losing mindshare among both users and developers to Ubuntu, and looking for ways to improve its efficiencies and to mend internal divisions. Recently, Linux.com discussed these challenges with Hocevar via email in his first interview since his election.
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LC: You sound as though you think Debian has an image problem, especially compared to Ubuntu. What is that problem, and how would you fix it?
SH: While it is reputed for its technical excellence and stability, the Debian operating system has also for a long time been known for being elitist, in good part because its installer did not have much eye-candy. Of course, this wasn't true any more when we released Sarge, and is even less true today: The graphical installer in Etch is a truly powerful and easy to use piece of software. However, the distribution still carries this image of austerity and lack of user-friendliness.