Henry Jensen wrote:
However, it is not very clear what happens next. How the distro is
reviewed, what steps are involved.
Thanks for being more clear about what you mean by not being transparent.
I don't work for the FSF so I can't say definitively what happens or why
any feedback from the FSF to you about ConnochaetOS has been years in
coming. I believe:
- the FSF is very busy with many other tasks and probably doesn't have
enough staff to do all of the work they're doing. As a result very few of
their tasks are handled quickly unless that task can be automated.
- there are other distros ahead of yours in the evaluation queue and this
task requires a significant amount of evaluation.
- there could be resource limitations involved here too: I see on
https://connochaetos.org/wiki/ that ConnochaetOS "is available for x86 (32
bit) only" and directs users looking for an x86_64 libre Slackware
GNU/Linux distro elsewhere.
The page states: "When you do, we'll explain more about our evaluation
process to you, and get started on it quickly."
Well, they didn't when I contacted them some years ago.
And why explain it only privately, why not public for
anyone to see? That is what I call non-transparent.
By the same token we don't know exactly what you sent to them or when you
sent feedback to them. Would you forward a copy of your feedback to them to
this mailing list?
I imagine that the FSF has an interest in helping distro maintainers fix
software freedom problems privately so as to minimize the chances for
embarrassment and discouraging anyone who wants to participate in the
process of making and maintaining a fully free distro. My guess is that the
FSF sees this as an opportunity to encourage more of what they want to see
(more free software) so they ought to err on the side of working privately