Re: Candidacy (Bart Decrem) (was: Re: Candidacy (Michael Meeks))

Hi guys,

Thanks for the flattering words (I guess you got those $20 bills I
mailed you:).

Seriously though, I appreciate the kudos, but the reality is that Eazel
is being really cool in this process and allowing me to do this work on
their dime, and they've never put any pressure on me to do anything that
would favor their interest (although, of course, the company has a BIG
interest in seeing GNOME be really succesful).  So my involvement here
is nothing compared to all you guys who're volunteering all your time
helping to build GNOME.  

Speaking of Eazel though, I'm sure people have noticed that there's a
bunch of Eazel-affiliated folks who are candidates for the board
elections.  I just wanted to point out that this is not because of some
campaign or anything like that -- it just look like there's a lot of
people there who are eager to get involved with the Foundation.  I'm
sure that you guys (the GNOME community) will find a way to keep things
properly balanced with your votes.

Now, let's talk about more important things.  For example, I'm wondering
if I should use vi or emacs as a text editor.  Does anybody have a
suggestion on that?


Dan Mueth wrote:
> On 13 Oct 2000, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> > There has been one unmistakable exception to this trend, and that is
> > Bart Decrem. Remember the level of activity on this list while Bart
> > was on vacation? Pretty much zero. And believe me, you don't even want
> > to know how the foundation would be turning out if it were left up to
> > just us hackers and the corporate lawyers to work out.
> I completely agree with Maciej's statements above.  Bart has done for the
> GNOME Foundation what no other person in the GNOME community could have
> done, or would have done.
> I'd also like to share some of my impressions of Bart because he has
> been doing most of his work behind the scenes, and I think many GNOME
> contributors have not had the pleasure of working with him yet.
> Every time I have worked with Bart I was amazed at how organized
> and efficient he is.  The first time I really saw him in action was during
> a "guest appearance" of his at the beginning of a steering committee
> meeting where he informed us of all the work he was doing with the GNOME
> Foundation.  I think he covered more ground and we made more decisions in
> the 15 minutes he was present than we normally do in several meetings
> combined.  He was extremely organized, focussed, and goal-oriented.  Bart
> also completely understands the free software ideology and how the GNOME
> community thinks, which means that there is no time wasted on ideas which
> won't fly.
> During my subsequent interactions with him (helping him coordinate the
> membership and elections for the Foundation) he has consistantly proven
> himself to be very efficient, pleasant to work with, and very good at
> finding solutions to problems which everybody can agree on.  I feel Bart
> is quite exceptional in this regard within the GNOME community, and I
> think the GNOME Foundation would suffer a substantial loss without him.
> I'd like to encourage everybody to give careful consideration to voting
> Bart onto the GF board of directors.  (ie. vote for Bart!)
> Dan
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