Ian Jackson Resigns From The Debian Technical Committee

Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 19 November 2014 at 08:41 AM EST. 59 Comments
There's yet another resignation this morning in the Debian camp.

Following yesterday's Debian voting results about a general resolution regarding init system coupling, Ian Jackson has thrown in the towel and left the technical committee. Ian Jackson is a longtime Debian developer and former Debian Project Leader that was responsible for writing dpkg and other programs.

Ian Jackson previously worked for Canonical and was seen as a proponent for Upstart. Ian was the one that last month called for the vote about init system coupling.

In his resignation Ian Jackson wrote, "While it is important that the views of the 30-40% of the project who agree with me should continue to be represented on the TC, I myself am clearly too controversial a figure at this point to do so. I should step aside to try to reduce the extent to which conversations about the project's governance are personalised. And, speaking personally, I am exhausted. The majority of the project have voted to say that it was wrong of me to bring this GR at this time. Despite everything that's happened, I respectfully disagree. I hope that the next time a controversial issue arises, someone will step forward to advance what might be a minority view."
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