I haven't blogged in a long time, so I probably should drop some thoughts here to show that I'm still around.
In the past few months, I have been able to dump some of my work on other people by orphaning some packages and getting Christoph Berg (Myon) to do Debian Front Desk work.
To compensate this loss of tasks, I became a member of the release team, so the recent discussions about funding release managers should probably interest me, but I fear the threads on debian-private, -project and -vote have only made me sick. The number of people who have been childish, unjust and simply weird is enormous and would be a good reason to leave Debian altogether, something which I considered a few times over the last weeks. I would surely quit a job where co-workers hate each other that much, so why should I do this to myself in my free time?
Interestingly enough, actual work for money has shown me why Debian is something that should be supported, even if the mailing lists are full of posts from idiots. I had (and have) to work on OpenBSD for a customer, porting the recent release of Gnome 2.16... Well, let me tell you, Debian is better. A lot.
I think this may help you if you're doubting that working on Debian is sane: Remember that we work together to create the best possible, universal operating system. And even if we're not there yet (and there's a lot of work left), we have succeeded in creating an useable, useful operating system, which is easy to administrate and allows you to have a lot of fun with it. And we did that together, in the occasional moments when fighting with each other wasn't that important.
I have to admit that I haven't invested a lot of time to work on Debian in the last few weeks, but this was due to personal and work reasons. In two weeks, I'll have to return to my usual university schedule, so I'll spend a lot of time on Debian ignoring the exercises I'm supposed to work on.
Also, I have been working on a new server I've rented together with Andreas Barth, playing around with Xen and starting to bootstrap the actual systems we will need. This will mean that I'll have to move my mail and web services in the next few days. I think I'll also move my blog to the new box, but I need to check out how to do this without flooding the planet...