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Re: Turning GNU into a bottom-up organization

From: Samuel Thibault
Subject: Re: Turning GNU into a bottom-up organization
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2019 20:26:10 +0200
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Alfred M. Szmidt, le jeu. 24 oct. 2019 12:51:35 -0400, a ecrit:
> > On Wed, 2019-10-23 at 15:12 -0400, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
> > >    I agree.  I think in practice many (most?) maintainers not only agree 
> > > to
> > >    uphold the free software values, but also share them.
> > > 
> > > In practise, we cannot know -- making the assumption is dangerous.  It
> > > also excludes people who still wish to contribute to the GNU project
> > > but have a different set of values.
> >
> > Which is precisely why we are having this discussion. 
> The GNU project is not a porject that is suitable for a bottom-up
> organization -- its mission, and only mission, is to see that the GNU
> system is and keeps being free software.  This has been explained
> ample of times.

I don't see how bottom-up cannot get this. How different is this from
Debian in that regard for instance?

> > How can we be sure and how can we support both those who do agree
> > to uphold our values, by assigning roles and delegating
> > responsibilities, and those who just want to contribute.
> It has worked for 30 years,

No, I have been hearing about issues for 8 years already, i.e. as much
time as I have actually been involved in the GNU project.


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