Re: [question to candidates] GNOME OS
- From: Stormy Peters <stormy gnome org>
- To: Frederic Peters <fpeters gnome org>
- Cc: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: [question to candidates] GNOME OS
- Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 20:08:43 -0600
On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 12:24 AM, Frederic Peters <fpeters gnome org>
GNOME OS has been mentioned and questioned repeatedly in recent
discussions on desktop-devel-list, about its definition itself,
and the changing (or not?) role of the GNOME project with regards
to distributions (based or not on the Linux kernel).
What are your thougths on this? Do you think this is a foundation
job to answer those questions? If not, is this a responsibility of the
release team? Or something that is best left unanswered, as pieces are
put into positions by different persons?
I think it's up to the GNOME community to decide. However, I think the GNOME project lacks a common, well communicated technical vision. I think many people are doing great things but even if we don't all agree on one vision for the future, we do need to decide which ideas or visions we want the GNOME Foundation to promote. Is GNOME a set of technologies that we want other distros and mobile solution providers to use? Is it GNOME if it's not the GNOME desktop? Are the technologies a subset of GNOME? Should it be an OS? Once we have answers we are willing to talk about, it will be much easier to work with other projects and companies.
I don't think we have to have a common, defined vision, but I think it would be good. While I think it unlikely we will all agree completely, I think having a vision that we communicate will get us a lot further towards our goal of a free and accessible desktop.
And I do think our vision should be expanded to be much more than "desktop". At the very least it should include mobile devices. But I think the board's role is to help start and facilitate those discussions and then help communicate the results to all our (new and existing) partners.
 http://live.gnome.org/GnomeOS doesn't help, the only laid out
plan I know was in Jon McCann "Shell Yes!" talk at GUADEC (now
locked on slideshare.net)
 this question comes first but in terms of candidacies to the
board, I believe the next ones are even more important.
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