[fdn-ann] Re: GNOME MEDIA ADVISORY seems to be going beyond original plans

I find I'm not on the foundation-announcement list: Alanna forwarded
this to me.  Would someone please fix?

Strong comments below...
			- Jim

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Maciej Stachowiak [mailto:mjs@eazel.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2000 8:36 PM
> To: Miguel de Icaza
> Cc: Barbara Heffner; foundation-announcement@gnome.org;
> emcshane@chenpr.com; msouza@chenpr.com; Marco.Boerries@Eng.Sun.COM
> Miguel de Icaza <miguel@helixcode.com> writes:
> > Hello guys,
> >
> >    I just talked to Marco from Sun, and we would like to make the
> > Foundation press release a lot more interesting than it is right now.
> >
> >    The current focus is to announce a GNOME foundation that will
> > hopefully do something in the future, and say how excited we are about
> > this and so on. 
> >
> >    Here is an outline of the proposal and it adds a lot more meet to
> > the announcement:
> >
> > 	1. Main point of the announcement: Key Players join forces to
> >            create GNOME Foundation and deliver next generation user
> >            environment for PCs, Internet Devices and PDAs.
> >
> > 	2. GNOME Foundation adopts Open Office as its productivity
> >            suite to be integrated together with GNOME Office.
> This sounds like a much stronger statement than what we felt
> comfortable with making before - I think we should still keep this
> vague since we have not seen the code, etc etc.

I agree with Maciej: Gnome should NEVER adopt things sight unseen.  This
is a terrible precedent to set.  This goes completely against the principle
of (rough) consensus government: the people making Gnome have had NO chance
to look this over and see if it is appropriate.

The most that should EVER happen is that an organization, be it the Gnome 
Foundation or W3C, or whatever, is examining it to see if it might be 
useful.  W3C has a process for formal submissions: the Gnome Foundation 
needs a similar process.  In the W3C case, the process includes what 
submittors can or cannot say to the press when making submissions.
I recommend we do likewise FROM THE BEGINNING: this was a major headache
in W3C until the process was established: companies played games in the
press implying adoption, when at most it was a trial balloon.

It could also create major political headaches for other companies to 
join the foundation: but I'm in fact much more concerned about precendent, 
which I believe is a killer. (though it could certainly seriously affect 
the current announcement; though I haven't raised the issue yet, it
might affect Compaq's participation).

> > 	3. GNOME Foundation adopts Mozilla/Netscape
> > 		Marco will work on getting a spokeperson from AOL for
> > 		this.
> Hmmm, I wonder if AOL or mozilla.org could be convinced to join the
> GNOME Foundation then.

I have much less problem with Mozilla/Netscape: the code is out there,
and it is clearly an open source project at this date.  But again,
I wonder if there is rough consensus in the Gnome project about mozilla.
That is for other's to judge, though.

But even leaving this aside, things are getting close to this announcement, 
and I'm getting nervous about the scope changing: we don't want companies 
to find at the last minute they must withdraw, and the resulting furor 
that might result.  It is certainly making ME nervous.

Lets not let mission creep spoil this party....  We are stronger together
than disunited.  We've got most of the industry on board, and that is 
worth alot.

> > 	4. The companies involved in this announcement are going to
> >            make GNOME better and devote programming resources to make
> >            this happen.
> >
> > 		How each company involved in the announcement will
> > 		help this.
> >
> > 	5. GNOME technologies are the platform of choice for internet
> >            devices, embedded systems "dot com" devices, desktop
> >            systems, SOHO etc.
> This sounds like quite an exaggeration at this point, to say we are
> the "platform of choice" for these things. Hopefully soon it won't be.
>  - Maciej

I don't think hyperbole helps us here, so I again agree with Maciej.
				- Jim

Jim Gettys
Technology and Corporate Development
Compaq Computer Corporation

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