- From: Joe Shaw <joe helixcode com>
- To: foundation-list gnome org, foundation-announce gnome org
- Subject: Candidacy
- Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 23:48:58 -0400 (EDT)
I would like to announce my candidacy for the GNOME Foundation Board. Why
should you vote for me?
* I have been involved in the GNOME project from day one, becoming much
more involved in the daily affairs and major issues in the past year and
a half. Prior to that, I mostly lurked on the lists and helped report
* I have contributed to and helped fixed bugs in a number of the core
modules such as gnome-libs, bonobo, gtkhtml, evolution, gnet, maybe some
others that I may have forgotten. I wrote the Helix GNOME installer and
updater applications and I'm the maintainer of the achtung presentation
* I am a very strong believer in the tennets of free software and consider
it to be one of the keystones of the GNOME's future.
* I am employed by Helix Code where my responsibility is hacking totally
on GNOME software. Early on, I was responsible for gathering the various
GTK and GNOME applications for the Helix GNOME distribution. I have
developed a great deal of experience in the distribution, packaging and
release engineering facets of putting together a GNOME distribution from
both the technical (coding) perspective as well as the logistical
* I am a pretty objective person, and while I am employed by Helix Code
and can help represent their interests, the interests of the GNOME
project are more important to me personally than any corporate entity,
including the one that pays me, and my employer understands this.
* Along with Nat Friedman, I helped with the first draft of the Foundation
charter and am principally responsible for the limitations on corporate
influence and have been one of the most outspoken against corporate
dominance in the Foundation. Furthermore, I have time and time again
thrown out my opinion in the various Foundation discussions.
I understand that if elected to the board, there will be a plethora of
administrative tasks that will need to be dealt with immediately and I
have no problem in helping do so. However, once those initial issues are
worked out, I would like to do the following over the course of 18 months:
* See that GNOME's funds are transferred into an account and have the
Foundation take a much more aggressive role in our conference
policies. This includes potentially paying for better booth space,
covering airfare for people to work the booth, printing
professional-quality literature that can give those unfamiliar with
GNOME a good introduction, and introducing the companies that are
fueling GNOME development.
* Encourage active development on the entire GNOME 2.0 development
platform, particularly gnome-libs 2.0 which has come rather stagnant
despite some recent activity from George and Martin. I would like to see
someone like Miguel be appointed or take control of the gnome-libs
effort and work on integrating the various components we have in the
so-called GNOME 2.0 platform and turn it into a real platform. I would
like to see good documentation and tutorials instead of just an API
reference that we can present to application vendors. Once the
infrastructure is in place, I want to put the weight of the project
behind porting applications to the new platform and releasing GNOME 2.0
as quickly as possible.
* I would like to see the foundation evaluate and work closely with Sun on
OpenOffice and Do The Right Thing with it, as the potential it possesses
could really help the GNOME project in the longer term.
* Work closely with the foundation's corporate partners to address their
concerns and listen to their input while remaining true to the
principles of the project.
I am not one of those people who hates Microsoft because they are "The
Enemy" and because they dominate the industry (although I do have issues
with some of the ways they got there...). I think they have done a fine
job and I feel that they present a lot that we can learn from. I feel much
the same way about Apple. The reason why I am a part of GNOME and have
such stock in it is because I believe in Free Software, and I want to be a
part of creating a ubiquitous free desktop. I want GNOME to be that
desktop technologically and ideologically.
I believe that the foundation should not be a big, overbearing entity that
stifles the advancement of the project. I believe that a small and
semi-formal entity that guides the direction of the project, delegates
tasks to members and committees who are eager to help, and provides a
support and leadership role are what we're looking for in the foundation,
and my election to the board will help ensure that these principles are
put into place.
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