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From: Richard Freeman <rich0@g.o>
Subject: Re: [GLEP 39 overhaul] Does the council need a lead?
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 21:36:08 -0400
On 04/18/2010 07:09 PM, Denis Dupeyron wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 3:26 PM, Richard Freeman<rich0@g.o>  wrote:
>> As far as "Gentoo Leader" goes - I'll address that in a different thread.
>
> Please do so in this one to avoid thread scattering. I think it's
> related enough that it is interesting to discuss those two ideas in
> the same place.
>

Already did so in the existing thread "Do we want to make changes to the 
role of the council?"

I guess I wasn't explicit about it.  I see the council as being the 
overall "leader" of Gentoo.  If they want to appoint a PM to write 
legislation (and have people take tentative action pending 
ratification), that is perfectly fine.  However, I don't think the 
council can completely delegate its authority, and I don't think Gentoo 
needs a benevolent dictator.

Now, if some billionare wants to pull a Shuttleworth and hire a bunch of 
people to work on Gentoo, then of course he can dictate what they work 
on, and that will give such a person a de-facto position of power in the 
distro.  However, it would be a benevolent power, and one which they are 
in fact paying for.  However, I don't think that in an all volunteer 
effort that the benevolent dictator bit works all that well.

Rich


References:
[GLEP 39 overhaul] Does the council need a lead?
-- Denis Dupeyron
Re: [GLEP 39 overhaul] Does the council need a lead?
-- Nirbheek Chauhan
Re: [GLEP 39 overhaul] Does the council need a lead?
-- Markos Chandras
Re: [GLEP 39 overhaul] Does the council need a lead?
-- Richard Freeman
Re: [GLEP 39 overhaul] Does the council need a lead?
-- Denis Dupeyron
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