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"William L. Thomson Jr." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Richard Freeman <email@example.com>
Re: Council=CTO or Executive Board? [was: Re: Re: Re: Foundation reinstated]
Mon, 19 May 2008 19:55:29 -0400
William L. Thomson Jr. wrote:
> Put it like this, Council answers to devs. Foundation answers to
> community. At some point the council should answer to the Foundation as
> well. Otherwise the community has no voice, only developers.
I think we need to be careful here. I wouldn't say that the Foundation
answers to the community or represents the community. Rather, I'd say
that the Foundation serves the community. The community is our mission
- not our source of authority.
The reason this concerns me is that we really need to avoid an
us-against-them mentality. The devs are all volunteers and we can't
really afford to have those who aren't volunteering perceived as issuing
orders to those who are volunteering. I think the role of the
Foundation is to inspire the devs to do what is right - not to order
them to do so. I think most devs have respect for the effort the
trustees are putting into getting the Foundation running and what it
stands for. As a result, I think that the Foundation will be heard when
it speaks, at least more so than a bunch of end-users who are perceived
as always asking for more but never giving back. (I use the word
"perceived" as I know the reality is more complex.)
> Although the Foundation, board/officers, will never dictate to the
> council/CTO on technical matters. At best only suggest, based on the
> will of the community, vendors, or etc. What the council does from
> there, is up to them. As it is now. Because after all they know what is
> best technically, and that's their call to make in the end.
I couldn't have said this better. There have been those who have
recently been looking towards the trustees to essentially make the devs
fall into line, and I think that what you've said emphasizes the balance
and care required to make the distro a success.
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