Today, the Debian Project has overwhelmingly decided in a General
Resolution to formally acknowlege the contribution made by many
people who help Debian in ways other than maintaining packages – by
opening up the process of becoming an officially recognised Debian
While the Debian Project has always welcomed non-packaging contributors,
for example documentation writers and translators, there was low takeup
of official Debian Developer status (including full voting rights and
other privileges). As there was no clear documented procedure for these
non-packaging contributors, it was handled on a case-by-case basis.
It was decided to end this nuisance by finally welcoming all
contributors, regardless of the nature of their contribution into the
heart of the Debian Project and invite the Debian Account managers to
establish procedures to evaluate and accept non-packaging contributors.
The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly
free, community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of
the largest and most influential open source projects. Over three
thousand volunteers from all over the world work together to create and
maintain Debian software. Translated into over 30 languages, and
supporting a huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the
“universal operating system”.
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