Re: Question to candidates: on-line services

On Fri, 2011-05-27 at 00:27 +0200, Gil Forcada wrote:
> Hi members,
> Everyday more and more services are offered on the cloud and there's
> also initiatives powered by Free Software (tomboy on-line...).
> One of the main problems for Free Software projects providing cloud
> services is the hardware/administration/connection expenses which are
> mostly a no-go for a Free Software project without any backing from a
> big corporation.
> As a member of a the future board will you look for ways to promote and
> look for resources to offer these free software cloud services? Maybe
> part of a funding campaign (be a Friend of GNOME and have a Tomboy
> on-line account for free).

Yes. :)

I think we all recognize that we need to integrate with more
online services. We don't need to provide them all, but we
should provide some.

For things we don't provide, I think we should do what we can
to pressure service providers to respect users. At the very
least, users need to own their own data, and be able to get
it without restriction. We don't have to do this alone.

I think Tomboy Online is awesome. I think we should provide
more online services ourselves. I also think there's nothing
wrong with charging money for providing a service. Maybe the
foundation can't do it as a non-profit. Maybe we need to have
a commercial front as well. I don't know. But it's something
we should all talk about.


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