Re: proposing the candidacy of a Christopher Gabriel

Hi Mark,

I think it's excellent that you're encouraging Christopher to run for
election, but to be on the ballot, he will have to announce his own


Mark Galassi wrote:

> Dear GNOME Dudes,
> I would like to urge Christopher Gabriel (cgabriel softwarelibero org)
> to accept being a candidate for the GNOME board, and to urge you to
> vote for him.
> Chris is a young fellow who was born and raised in Italy.  I have
> known him since he was very small, and I can say a few things about
> him and give even more information if you are interested.
> * He is self-deprecating, probably even more so that George, so even
>   though I think he would be a good person to have on the board, I'm
>   sure he would not come forward by spontaneously.  Still, I know that
>   on the board he would vote for the things he thinks are correct, and
>   that I would be happy with  those votes.
> * He is completely dedicated to free software, and has been for a long
>   time.  He recognizes that the most important thing is software
>   freedom, and other aspects (peer reviewed code, high quality code,
>   business models...) are nice but not essential.  Even though he is
>   young, his roots are in the GNU project.
> * He has been on GNOME since some time in the first few months.  He
>   travels to conferences (sometimes at his own expense), knows many of
>   the GNOME people that way, follows the commits mailing list and
>   knows what's going on in the project and who is doing what.  Keeps
>   up in some of the IRC channels.
> * He has worked with GNOME from many aspects, and made important
>   contributions even when they were not sexy.  Examples (not a
>   complete list): (a) One of the most hard-core translators, both of
>   documentation and of books (he translated Havoc's book into Italian,
>   and has translated most of the GNOME docs and program strings).  (b)
>   He has written documentation.  (c) He has written GNOME software
>   both at the level of widgets (gsdv) and applications (gwsearch and
>   others that are used for specific things).  Because of this he is
>   aware, at a gut level, of the importance of documentation and
>   translation as well as code.
> * No affiliation with any company making money from GNOME.
> * Official maintainer of a GNU package, so he is in the GNU maintainer
>   loop and mailing lists.
> * He is one of the most loyal people you will ever meet, and a
>   pleasure to have around.
> * He is quite European, and is largely responsible for much of the
>   free software grass-roots community effort in parts of Italy.
> So I recommend that you vote for him even though he does not push
> himself on any of the lists and is not a "GNOME big shot".  If you
> have him on the board, you will have someone who will remind other
> board members of the importance of things that the big shots might not
> have in the center of their radar.
> ---
> And who am I to propose someone's candidacy?  In case I need a
> qualification for that, I can say that I was the first person to start
> using the word "dude" in email back in the 1980s.
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