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From: Roy Bamford <neddyseagoon@g.o>
Subject: Re: Software in Public Interest, cont...
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 16:55:01 +0100
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On 2008.08.16 14:30, Yuri Vasilevski wrote:
> Hello,
> On Fri, 15 Aug 2008 14:10:50 -0400
> "William L. Thomson Jr." <wltjr@g.o> wrote:
> > On Fri, 2008-08-15 at 12:26 -0500, Yuri Vasilevski wrote:
> > >
> > > Back to the issue, taking into account the corrections that 
> Ferris
> > > McCormick kindly added and the positivism I sensed in his
> response,
> > > I talked with Bdale Garbee regarding us, Gentoo Fundation, 
> joining
> > > the SPI and discussed the previous e-mail I sent as well as
> > > fmccor's replay.
> > 
> > Thank you but at this time I would prefer as an individual and
> trustee
> > that you not be asking or pursuing information from the SPI. If you
> > look in archives I contacted them official months ago. Most all
> > interactions were cc'd to -nfp list. We are not proceeding with 
> them
> > at this time.
> I apologise if I did something inappropriate, but I want to assure 
> you
> that I always tried to make it clear that this were just my questions
> and that I asked them withing the gentoo context so I could get a 
> more
> precise information for me to know how things would work (and then,
> because I liked it, I decided to share it a the whole, even when it
> overlapped with already available information).


> Kindest regards,
> Yuri.


No harm done and thank you for the time you have spent on following up  
this opportunistic encounter.

The trustees are acutely aware that one of the reasons the 
Gentoo Foundaion fell out of good standing last year was that several 
alternative long term stratergies for the future of the Gentoo 
Foundation were being investigated at the same time. 
SPI, continuing in New Mexico or reincorporating in another state (to 
name three) were all being looked at which overstreched the available 

The present trustees are trying to learn from that and get the Gentooo 
Foundation back into good standing and standing on its own feet before 
we look at long term options, of which SPI is one.

My own view is the the Gentoo developer pool and Foundation members 
have neither the skills nor interests to run the Foundation thmeselves 
in the long term, which leaves three alternatives.
1. Open Foundation Membership to all gentoo contributors
2. Join an umbrella organistion, such as the SPI.
3. Attract more peole with the skills and interests the Foundation 
needs to the developer pool.

Option 3. May sound a bid odd but such people need not be software 
developers, they can be Gentoo staff, like myself. 

The time is not right to choose among these options yet as all the 
information is not available and its not at the top of the Trustees 
agenda yet. It is on the TODO list though. 

- -- 

Roy Bamford
(NeddySeagoon) a member of
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