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From: Aron Griffis <agriffis@g.o>
Subject: Re: Gentoo Foundation Charter
Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 14:43:25 -0400
Hi Sven,

I agree with Kurt, this looks like a great start.  Nice job getting
this off the ground.

I actually had a chance to talk with Keith Packard for a while last
week about this stuff.  He suggested that we should look carefully at, and to read through their charters and
bylaws while setting up our own.

Clearly Debian has floundered due in part to a broken governmental
organization.  We should make sure we understand *how* and *why*
Debian has floundered so that we don't make the same mistakes setting
up our foundation.  We would be foolish to believe that we're any
different from them in terms of people.  One thing that has become
clear is that we're just as prone to petty bickering as anybody else.
So organizing ourselves into a structure that isn't as susceptible to
breakdown due to disagreements is important.

If it would be any help, Bdale Garbee (previously the Debian Project
Leader) works in my group at hp.  I think he'd be pretty candid about
the pitfalls that Debian has run into over the years.  Is there a set
of questions you would like me to run ask him?  ("What went wrong?"
might be enough, along with "Do you have suggestions for us?")


Aron Griffis
Gentoo Linux Developer (alpha / baselayout / ia64 / mozilla / mutt / ruby / vim)

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