Re: Random thoughts on this elections (was Re: Candidacy (Michael Meeks))

On Sat, Oct 14, 2000 at 11:05:41AM -0400, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> My impression is that people don't want the board making technical
> decisions, thus the charter doesn't say that it will. The only
> decision that's "technical" is the release schedule stuff, and that is
> more a matter of asking the maintainers what schedule is going to
> work, not telling them which schedule must work. I can't actually
> remember a technical issue the interim steering committee has dealt
> with.

 I am afraid you are wrong. Board will be eventually forced to make
technical decisions, as there will be some disagreements on direction
and standards.

The first few issues on the list are:
1) Standard installer/updater (from Eazel | Helix | RedHat )
2) What should stay in gnome-lib and what should go to gtk+
3) Eazel and Helix (and, at some point, RedHat and Sun) might
   have different and contradicting views/requirements with
   respect to design of some common parts (Bonobo, Gconf, OAF,
   gnome-print, ...)
Some of those problems exist today and are being resolved in cooperative
mode, but there were signs of potential conflicts. The board should
be qualified to resolve those issues to prevent fighting and forking.

It is yet another reason why those companies representation should be

Who jumped from kde to gnome mailing list the moment he saw Miguel
GNOME announcement. Who was too busy/lazy to make any serious contribution
(Used to work on Russian translations, and contributed some miniscule

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