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27 March 2012, 16:35

The GNU C Library Steering Committee disbands

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GNU Logo Roland McGrath has announced that the GNU C Library (glibc) Steering Committee is dissolving. The direction of the project will now be governed more informally by a team led by the current maintainers.

McGrath, who is the initial founder of the project, will be leading the development of the project together with Joseph Myers and Carlos O'Donell. Ulrich Drepper, who, according to the glibc web site, has had "overall responsibility for maintenance and development" of the project up until now, is absent from this list. In his email, McGrath thanks both Drepper and Jakub Jelinek, a member of the disbanded committee, for their years of work on the project but, like Jelinek, other former members of the Steering Committee are not part of the new governance group.

While there have been disagreements on the general direction of the project in the past, it is currently unclear whether any such events have prompted this change in leadership. However, McGrath has hinted that "others will speak more about the new situation in the coming days". In another post to the project's mailing list, the new list of official maintainers for glibc has been announced.

Joseph Myers, one of the new maintainers, points out that the project is accepting contributions from everyone and that it is open to discussions on the direction of development "within the basic principles of the GNU Project". Furthermore, he explicitly invites new developers to join the project and to start contributing.

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