Re-elected as Debian Project Leader

I have been extremely proud to have served as the Debian Project Leader since my election in early 2017. During this time I've learned a great deal about the inner workings of the Project as well as about myself. I have grown as a person thanks to all manner of new interactions and fresh experiences.

I believe is a privilege simply to be a Debian Developer, let alone to be selected as their representative. It was therefore an even greater honour to learn that I have been re-elected by the community for another year. I profoundly and wholeheartedly thank everyone for placing their trust in me for another term.

Being the "DPL" is a hard job. It is even difficult to even communicate exactly how and any statistics somehow fail to capture it. However, I now understand the look in previous Leaders' eyes when they congratulated me on my appointment and future candidates should not nominate themselves lightly.

Indeed, I was unsure whether I would stand for re-appointment and I might not have done had it not been for some touching and encouraging words from some close confidants. They underlined to me that a year is not a long time, further counselling that I should consider myself just getting started and only now prepared to start to take on the bigger picture.

Debian itself will always face challenges but I sincerely believe that the Project remains as healthy as ever. We are uniquely cherished and remain remarkably poised to improve the free software ecosystem as a whole. Moreover, our stellar reputation for technical excellence, stability and software freedom remains highly respected and without peer. It is truly an achievement to be proud of.

I thank everyone who had the original confidence, belief and faith in me, but I offer my further sincere and humble thanks to all those who have felt they could extend this to a second term, especially with such a high turnout. I am truly excited and looking forward to the year ahead.

Comments (8)


Ciao Chris.
Congratulations for your rielection Debian Project Leader.
I hope that Debian will always get better in the future and more and more user friendly.

April 18, 2018, 7:52 p.m. #

Dear Chris,

thanks for your work. Debian was, is an will be the best OS in the world. Be proud of yourself. Your hard work inspires us! Stay strong and patient.

Best regards from Austria

April 18, 2018, 8:56 p.m. #

Thanks lot for your contribution to community.

April 18, 2018, 11:39 p.m. #

Congratulations Chris. A well earned second term as DPL! :)

April 19, 2018, 6:45 a.m. #

Muchas felicidades Chris por tu reeleción, es un justo reconocimiento a tus méritos durante este recién terminado año de trabajo. Muchos éxitos en las tareas que se avecinan.

Un abrazo desde Cuba.

Congratulations Chris for your reelection as a result of a great job during the last year, I wish you face the same way all next tasks to come as DPL. Thank you.

Hugs from Cuba.

Leonel Salazar (LordFord)

April 19, 2018, 1:36 p.m. #

Hearty congratulations from India! Your work on Debian is exemplary.

April 19, 2018, 2:34 p.m. #
virendra rode

Thanks for your efforts & carrying the torch. Wish you the best. I’m sure Ian is giving you a big smile from way up :)

live free or die debian!


April 19, 2018, 10:55 p.m. #

Thank you so much for ceaselessly contributing to the Debian Project and Open Source Community.
Regards from Taiwan

Oct. 23, 2018, 8:46 a.m. #