Re: yay canaries!

On Sun, 2008-07-13 at 12:41 +0200, Andy Wingo wrote:
> Hey hackers,

Hi everyone.

> Yay, we're going to the Canaries next year! That's great!

Yep.  A formal press release is on the way.

> The purpose of this message though is to express disagreement with the
> way that the announcement was done (at the GUADEC closing), though. It
> was pretty nasty to Tampere, a place I also wanted to go. I think an
> apology is in order.

Unfortunately it turned out to be so.  Needless to say, I did not mean
to offend anyone.  And I apologize if I did.

I believe all three bids were great, and I hope a Finland bid will be
submitted again next year.  The two boards discussed merits of each bid
over a conference call and followed up with a lengthy thread.  Each bid
has its own unique strengths, but in the end, we decided that the unique
opportunity of the Gran Canaria bid to reach out to Africa was something
we really want to explore.

> Besides that, I can't help but think that it should be we of the GNOME
> Foundation who should choose the GUADEC location, not the board. Next
> year we should vote on the location.

Makes a lot of sense.  KDE used to let a membership vote decide the
location, but this year they did a non-binding vote because they needed
to make the final decision together with us. For next year, we can do
something like that.

> Cheers,
> Andy


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 Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
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