Re: Fwd: Draft of Proposal for the GNOME Foundation.

[ Owen, excuse me for Cc'ing this to foundation-list, but I have a
  feeling I'm going to be answering this question a lot today. ]


I have not made this into a public discussion.  The foundation-list
still exists, the steering committee is still solely vested with the
authorization to form and transition to the new foundation, and all of
the meaty discussions can still be as private as you want.

What I have done is written a document and asked for public comment.
I don't see what's wrong with this.  You are free to ignore what I
wrote and the way people respond to it.  You're free to continue the
private discussion.

And what, exactly, is wrong with soliciting public comment?  This
foundation is going to govern a lot of these people, or their work at
least.  Why is it wrong to let them know what's going on, and ask them
for their opinion?

I think what is a little bit sinister is closed-door discussions
without any potential for participation -- or even observation! --
from the project at large.

Just because Sun is cloaking its own corporate marketing strategy in a
veil of secrety DOES NOT mean that the entire GNOME project should
fall in line and follow suit.  

I view this unwarranted secrecy surrounding the creation of the GNOME
foundation as a regress on faith: a denial of the things which have
made GNOME succeed in the first place.

But as I said before, no permanent damage has been done to the
cloak-n-dagger backdoor world of the foundation planning.  People are
free to continue their clandestine strategizing. 


Owen Taylor <> writes:

> What?
> Even if you think this should be public you simply cannot
> unilateraly make this a public discussion.
> I am highly upset by this,
>                                         Owen

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