Re: Mission Statement

On 08/06/2014 08:39 PM, Jim Nelson wrote:

On Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM, Emmanuele Bassi <ebassi gmail com> wrote:
if that were the case, then we ought to stop handling funds for all
the other projects for which we currently do handle funds: • Gimp •
GStreamer • PulseAudio (for GSoC) • PiTiVi (fund raising)

... except that all four of those projects correspond almost exactly to
the first sentence of the GNOME mission statement that Ryan quoted: "to
create a computing platform for use by the general public that is
completely free software."

I think OPW is a fantastic program and, from what I've seen, it's netted
GNOME a good deal of positive publicity and goodwill, on top of the fact
that it's addressing one of the more glaring problems in the software
industry today. 

That said, studying the mission statement and considering Ryan's
concerns, I think he's raising some valid questions.

Should the mission statement be revised?  If the educational part of the
statement were broadened to include encourage internships and outreach
into underrepresented groups, would that be enough?

Is it true that "the majority of participants are not GNOME
contributors"?  This is news to me -- can someone (Ryan?) elaborate?


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