[$] Maintainerless Debian?

Post Syndicated from corbet original http://lwn.net/Articles/708163/rss

The maintainer model is deeply ingrained into the culture of the
free-software community; for any bit of code, there is usually a developer
(or a small group of developers) charged with that code’s maintenance.
Good maintainers can help a project run smoothly, while poor maintainers
can run things into the ground. What is to be done to save a project with
the latter type of maintainer? Forking can be an option in some cases
but, in many others, it’s not a practical alternative. The Debian project
is currently
discussing its approach to bad maintainers — a discussion which has taken a
surprising turn.