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Re: [gnu.org #232170] Call for a new GNU Parted maintainer

From: Andrew Clausen
Subject: Re: [gnu.org #232170] Call for a new GNU Parted maintainer
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 23:17:43 +1000
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On Fri, Apr 15, 2005 at 12:09:36PM -0400, (Karl Berry) via RT wrote:
>     (I think these standards are terrible.)  
> If you're referring to source code formatting, the style recommended
> there is not a requirement.  Although I recall that this wasn't clear in
> the past, I think the current text is better.


> If you're referring to something else, I'm curious to know what.

The political stuff.  A potential new maintainer might not care very
much about software freedom, but might still make a big contribution to
the free software community.  I can't see any reason "open source"
people should be discouraged from contributing, even if that means
disaffiliation with GNU.  (That said, this is more of a community
decision than one person.)

>     you could make Parted a non-GNU project.
> From the point of view of the GNU project, this would be a shame.  I
> hope it won't happen.  (We'd have to look for another maintainer,
> duplicating effort, etc., etc.)

Would it really matter very much?  IMHO, it's a minor hypothetical
point.  The main point is that all of the guidelines are in fact
guidelines.  Most of them make sense.  If you don't like some of them,
there's no problem.  And even if someone tries to enforce some rules,
you can just disaffiliate.  GNU isn't a centralized bureaucracy.

> Andrew, if no one comes forward from your mail to the mailing list,
> could you put a note on the parted web page

Good idea.  Mathieu, could you please add this?

> It is also worth creating a savannah job listing.


> If none of that finds anyone either in a couple of weeks, I can add
> listings to other GNU web pages and send queries to some other lists.
> Please keep me posted ...


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