Re: Fwd: Question for the canditates

On Wed, 2011-05-25 at 19:49 +0200, Andrea Veri wrote:
> Forwarding to foundation-list two questions we received from
> Ali-Reza Anghaie. Please don't add membership-committee@g.o
> as CC, follow-ups should be kept on -list. Thanks.
> Andrea
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Ali-Reza Anghaie <ali packetknife com>
> Date: 2011/5/25
> Subject: Question for the canditates
> To: membership-committee gnome org
> I'd like to ask two questions of all the candidates please:
> 1) As GNOME has matured the number of officially supported language
> bindings has decreased. The quality and availability of various
> language communities own bindings has varied wildly to say the least.
> How would you work to improve this situation?
> 2) What are your own feelings on supporting fairly new languages and
> standards like Go and Perl 6?

I'm going to echo what Bastien said. Which languages to develop
and promote is up to the developers in our community. The board
shouldn't (and can't, really) mandate that we have to have better
bindings for some language. If people care about developing GNOME
applications in Perl, they need to step up.

The foundation can provide resources (e.g. hackfests) to help the
effort, but only if people are putting in the effort. We've been
pretty liberal about funding hackfests, as far as I can tell.

If we were at the point where there were more funds requested for
language binding hackfests than we can afford, then I would lean
towards funding things that make our platform more attractive to
more developers. But I don't think we're at that point.


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