Re: two questions for candidates

2007-11-27 Thread Gregory Leblanc
On Nov 26, 2007 2:54 PM, Luis Villa [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 On Nov 26, 2007 10:28 AM, Richard Stallman [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
[snip]
  2. How do you think the GNOME Foundation should support the Free
  Software Movement in general?

[snip]

 More long-term, working with the online desktop folks, and hopefully
 with many other interested parties, we need to reframe what software
 freedom means in a network-centric world. It is now abundantly clear
 to most everyone that source code access is frequently insufficient to
 guarantee user autonomy; the question, then, is what additional (or
 perhaps different) requirements will help our users maintain their
 autonomy in the future. This is much bigger than GNOME, of course, but
 it seems likely that we will be at the cutting edge of it, and so
 we're going to have to deal with it whether we're the best forum for
 it or not :)

I'm not quite clear on what you mean here, Luis.  Can you suggest some
links that I might peruse that would describe what you mean by 'user
autonomy' and why source code access is insufficient to guarantee it?
Thanks,
 Greg
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Re: Questions to the candidates

2007-11-27 Thread John (J5) Palmieri

On Mon, 2007-11-26 at 16:31 +0100, Anne Østergaard wrote:
 On Mon, 2007-11-26 at 09:48 -0500, John (J5) Palmieri wrote:
  On Thu, 2007-11-22 at 23:52 +0100, Anne Østergaard wrote:
   Questions to the candidates:
   
   Will you apply for the position as new Executive Director for GNOME?
  
  No
   
   Will you apply for any paid position within GNOME while serving as board
   member?
  
  No
  
   Will you attend at least 90% of the board calls?
  
  Yes
  
   Can you accept competing official ISO standards?
  
  Yes, as long as they are open and free of intellectual property
  concerns.  It is then up to the developers what direction they wish to
  go in.  The board should not set technical direction but rather reflect
  the will of the community while offering moral guidance as well as
  advice from expert advisers. 
 
 If they are fully interoperable there might not be a legal problem, but
 rather a political problem for the society about the costs.
 
 Well in that case we will also have an other situation to deal with, in
 the case where the dominant standard has near monopoly status. Then it
 becomes a question about monopoly versus free and open competition.
 
 We have all seen that even with a clear cut monopoly case in The
 European Court of Justice recently, it is not easy to have the loosing
 part change its conduct. Even if it eventually does so, it will take an
 awful long time and it will probably not be to 100%.

You are completely correct and I think the community can make the right
choices here that 6 elected people can not.  I do however think the
foundation is well within it's power to make statements based on
community experts recommendations but for the most part should let
things be settled in the community.

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Call for logo -- GNOME Asia Summit

2007-11-27 Thread Emily chen




A LOGO FOR GNOME ASIA SUMMIT 
All ideas and propositions are welcome. We suggest the following
basic principles : 

  Asia specific feature
  
  the logo related to GNOME or 
  
  simple 
  

Send your logo and interpretation to : [EMAIL PROTECTED] . 

This logo will not only be used in GNOME Asia Summit - Beijing 2008,
but also be used in the following GNOME Asia Summits. It is a great
honor if your logo get accepted in GNOME Asia Summit. 

-Emily 


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Re: Call for logo -- GNOME Asia Summit

2007-11-27 Thread Troy McKirk
Where can I get more info about the specifications/requirement  of the 
logo..?




Thanks
Tim
http://dominor.com

Emily chen [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: A LOGO FOR GNOME ASIA SUMMIT 
 All ideas and propositions are welcome. We suggest the following basic 
principles : 

   Asia specific feature
  
   the logo related to GNOME or 
  
   simple 

 Send your logo and interpretation to : [EMAIL PROTECTED] . 
 
 This logo will not only be  used in GNOME Asia Summit - Beijing 2008, but also 
be used in the following GNOME Asia Summits. It is a great honor if your logo 
get accepted in GNOME Asia Summit. 
 
 -Emily 
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Re: two questions for candidates

2007-11-27 Thread Jeff Waugh
quote who=Jeff Waugh

 quote who=Richard Stallman
 
  1. Would you change anything in the GNOME Foundation statement about
  OOXML?
 
 I'd probably include a message about not fighting OOXML on political
 grounds because they have no impact on the ISO standardisation process. To
 succeed, we need to fight OOXML under the terms defined by ISO, which
 means nuking it as hard was we possibly can on technical grounds.

Actually, a very important point, which I'm not just saying because this is
a reply to a question from Richard... :-)

What I *wouldn't* change in our statement is that the number 1 point in our
position statement was Software Freedom, and that our final comment was to
encourage people to contribute to Software Freedom.

That's important because ultimately, whatever goes on with standards and
their impact on our industry, *our* number 1 priority is Software Freedom,
and making sure our users can access it, use it and enjoy it.

- Jeff

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