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Re: State of the GNUnion 2020

From: Samuel Thibault
Subject: Re: State of the GNUnion 2020
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:39:52 +0100
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Alfred M. Szmidt, le jeu. 20 févr. 2020 12:32:16 -0500, a ecrit:
>    > > Our concern is that at some point GNU may be just completely unknown
>    > > to free software enthousiasts. As in, when you'd ask people what free
>    > > software is about, they would answer "ah, yes, the stuff on github,
>    > > right".
>    > 
>    > Okay, sure. But going back to Eli's point, the development activity of
>    > individual projects is determined by individual project's members, and is
>    > rarely affected by the actions of the leadership.
>    The activity by itself, yes, but the choice of where to start a new
>    project, or starting contributing an existing project, leadership does
>    have a lot of importance.
> How does that have to do with the overall project leadership, which
> hasn't changed significantly over the years, and yet had significant
> growth in new projects for several decades (if we take the graphs by
> Wingo at face value).

"Significant growth" is very little compared to the huge growth that can
be seen on other platforms.

I'm not saying that GNU will necessarily stop growing and decline. What
I'm afraid is that it might just become insignificant compared to
others, and thus its voice for the 4 freedoms become less and less


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