Questions to answer


With the recent announcement of candidates, questions for candidates to
discuss during these week is here. Questions are gathered from previous
years' questions, from foundation-list, and this and previous years'
discussions on

Candidates are encouraged to answer questions to give ideas to Foundation
Members why they should vote for them. And members can direct their
questions to candidates different than these questions if they want.

Good luck to all candidates and let the discussion begin:

1) Why are you running for Board of Directors? What will you do more or
better than previous years Boards have done?

2) How familiar are you with the day-to-day happenings of GNOME?  How much
do you follow and participate in the main GNOME mailing lists?

3) What sources of funds do you as a candiate try do establish? And what
will you spend it on? Not counting revenue from the shop and Friends of
GNOME. Think more like the recent move by Mozilla or a subscription based
bounty system.
(olafura from

4) Gnome is mostly a european and US based project, but seems to have
some following in Latin America and India. How will you as a candidate
grow the contribution base, especially in Asia, Africa and South America?
(olafura from
Or in general what would you do to increase community participation in the
GNOME community and GNOME elections?

5) The board meets for one hour every two weeks to discuss a handful of
issues.  Thus, it is very important that the board can very quickly and
concisely discuss each topic and come to consensus on each item for
discussion. Are you good at working with others, who sometimes have very
differing opinions than you do, to reach consensus and agree on actions?
How flexible is your time; can you dedicate extra time one week and
less the next?

6) Do you consider yourself diplomatic?  Would you make a good
representative for the GNOME Foundation to the Membership, media, public,
and organizations and corporations the GNOME Foundation works with?

7) What do you see as current threats to the future of a complete Free
Software desktop? And what would you like the GNOME Foundation to be doing
to address these issues?

8) What one problem could you hope to solve this year?

9) Please rank your interests:
	a. GNOME evangelizing to government, enterprise, small
	   business, and individuals
	b. GNOME marketing and merchandising of branded items
	   nationally and internationally
	c. GNOME legal issues like copyright and patents
	d. GNOME finances and fund raising
	e. Alliance with other organizations.

10) One of the ingredient for success in Free Software project such as GNOME
is committed and dedicated memberships. How would you propose to promote new
membership, and encourage commitment of existing membership to make the
GNOME desktop the desktop of choice? [ Hints: the number of Foundation
members have reduced from 460 in 2001 to approximately 300 in 2002 ]
(this question is taken from questions of year 2002. I wanted to include
this because our member count is around 350 today)

11) (only to those who are running for reelection) Name one of your
accomplishments. And we were told that the board in the last years had
huge problems being pro-active. Any issue which was slightly contentious
had an opposition in the board. As a consequence there was no resolution.
How do you intend to behave differnetly this year to avoid a repetition of
that problem.

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