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Re: A summary of some open discussions

From: Mike Gerwitz
Subject: Re: A summary of some open discussions
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 02:20:00 -0500
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On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 01:05:02 +0100, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> This was indeed what I meant. More specifically I said "GNU
> maintainers serve at the pleasure of the FSF" because that is what I
> really believe. I certainly joined GNU because I support the FSF
> mission. My copyright assignment is with the FSF. When I became a GNU
> maintainer I was added to some FSF internal lists that said "For ALL
> gnu programmers (volunteers included) and programmers of software that
> the FSF has included in GNU." As a GNU maintainer the FSF arranged I
> could talk to legal counsil (java used to have lots of tricky legal
> issues). The FSF sysadmins have always helped with any extra technical
> setups GNU projects need. I am a member of the FSF and donate money to
> the GNU project through the FSF.

The relationship can be confusing; GNU and the FSF have been pretty
tightly coupled form the beginning (the FSF was created for GNU), but
there are important separations.

Clarification about the relationship between GNU and the FSF will
hopefully come soon.  But GNU maintainers do not serve at the pleasure
of the FSF.

Mike Gerwitz

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