Candidacy (Jim Gettys)

Various people have suggested I run for the board of directors.  After
some trepidation and thought, I'm announcing my candidacy.

On a technical level, as my background has been related to, but not directly
in building Gnome software:
	* Bob Scheifler and I started the X Window System, upon which Gnome is
	built. I wrote Xlib and contributed to many of the early X applications.
	It makes me more than happy to see so many people finally do some
	of what we envisioned over 10 years ago in Gnome.
	* I've hacked audio servers.
	* I'm also more than passingly familar with HTTP and web technology.
	* I'm helping push Linux and X on handheld computers these days (and even
	occasionally write some code as a result). (yes, Petunia, you can run
	Gnome apps on your iPAQ handheld...)

On a "pointy haired" level:
	* I helped start one of the first major open source projects (the X Window
	System) in 1983/1984.
	* I've participated in the X Consortium, which I (with 20-20 hindsight)
	believe strongly is NOT a good model for Gnome or open source projects.
	* I've been a staff member of W3C, which, while having somewhat similar problems
	to the X consortium, due to its sheer size has had fewer problems despite
	its similar organizational structure.
	* I've been the editor of the HTTP/1.1 specification in the IETF, and
	have good insight into that organization's strucuture, which I believe
	Gnome would do well to study.
	* Spent time this summer on the Gnome foundation announcement and startup.

In short, I'd really like to see open source desktops succeed.
Interoperability is a key to this, and applications (both open source
and commercial) are another.  We MUST avoid the GUI wars that crippled
UNIX desktops in the 1980's to change the world.

Jim Gettys
Technology and Corporate Development
Compaq Computer Corporation
jg pa dec com

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