|Subject:||Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Why are we here?|
|Date:||Fri, 3 Feb 2006 12:53:46 -0800|
On the other hand, the horses can be tied scatter-shot to the carriage
so that they pull in multiple contradictory directions at once. In this
case we make only random progress, at best, and more likely just rip
the carriage to pieces. This is more or less the state we arrived at
Andy is doing very well, imo. He's hooked some of those horses up to
one of the fragments of the cart and is making progress for the GNU
project and for a few who like to use the GNU releases. My perception,
though, is that the potential is far greater than what we are
experiencing. A good example is how the recent discussions about
fixing up the documentation pretty much died as soon as the suggestion
to organize volunteers in that direction came up.
Maybe part of the problem is that we don't have a clear purpose -- a
unifying belief in what we are doing. We don't have a clear statement
that we can use to recruit new volunteers --- a statement that might
have the logical form "Join this project if you want to help us do
_______". We have only the empty circular way of filling in that
blank "help the Arch project".
If we were a corporation rather than a public project this question
would still be important but it would be far easier to answer. We
would have a charter, a legal structure, a governance structure, a
budget, and objective metrics by which to measure key elements of
But we are in new territory and part of a new mode of social
organization. We are at the bleeding edge (and wounded) of
free software development and open source public projects.
There is no law here, in this new territory. Just us folks.
Shall we civilize? I ask again:
Why are we here?
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