On 22:05 Thu 07 Jun , Ulrich Mueller wrote:
> >>>>> On Mon, 04 Jun 2012, Jorge Manuel B S Vicetto wrote:
> > Nominations for the Gentoo Council 2012/2013 are now open for the
> > next two weeks (until 23:59 UTC, 17/06/2012).
> Seems that somebody has to start. ;-) I nominate:
Thanks, Ulrich — I accept. As a brief manifesto, I have 3 reasons to run
1. Representing the Gentoo philosophy as a long-term dev (9+ years) with
a cool head and reasonable point of view
2. Making the council less of a bureaucratic blocker on progress and
improving its productivity
3. Overseeing the health of our dev and user communities
I believe that individual developers drive all the innovation with
Gentoo, and the council's role should be to get out of their way instead
of setting up roadblocks.
The importance of having people who have Gentoo's philosophy in their
blood can't be overstated, and this only comes from long and extensive
experience working within our community. Being able to apply this
philosophy to every council decision ensures that we stay consistent
with the spirit of Gentoo.
I've seen the council transform greatly since I took some time away from
the council prior to this term. There are many parts of that
transformation that I think need to be reversed to make Gentoo more
productive as a whole. Bureaucracy and general confusion are getting in
the way of progress on both large and small scales.
For example, having some kind of solution for the GLEP 55 problem has
*literally* dragged on for *years*. And we ended up choosing an option
that was out there for nearly as long as the GLEP itself. This is one
case where making almost any decision is better than making no decision.
On the smaller scale, I'm talking about problems caused by, for example,
the frequent rotation of chairs. This means every meeting is run by
someone different so there's no good continuation of issues from the
last meeting, and a lack of experience in moderation so we get off-topic
and talk too long without decisions. We should have at most a few chairs
who are running 3-4 months of meetings in a row.
Finally, something I've cared deeply about for years is the health of
Gentoo's developer community. We occasionally need to take action to
ensure it stays healthy, and fortunately we seem to be closer to the
peak of a cycle at the moment. But it's inevitable that we'll have
problems again, and we need to be prepared and ready to deal with them
quickly, at a council level if necessary.
Council Member / Sr. Developer, Gentoo Linux <http://dberkholz.com>
Analyst, RedMonk <http://redmonk.com/dberkholz/>