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Re: [Ghm-discuss] GHM 2013: topics and talks

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Re: [Ghm-discuss] GHM 2013: topics and talks
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:56:11 +0100

On 12 April 2013 12:51, Luca Saiu <address@hidden> wrote:
On 2013-04-12 at 13:24, Reuben Thomas wrote:
> Absolutely: my memory is that several non-GNU people were very
> enthusiastic about GNU afterwards, and it was hardly a huge gathering
> in any case.

If we want the GHM to officially become a GNU outreach event, maybe we
should change the event description, and advertise it to the general
public.  It's not only for "GNU maintainers and active contributors" any
longer in that case.

I would be happy to take a more gradual approach, and see how things develop: at the moment it seems reasonable to advertise mainly through GNU channels, but also say "others are very welcome". A bit like when you have a private party and tell the invitees they are welcome to bring a friend or two. If attendance increases greatly, we could think more carefully about it.
The only aspect that leaves me slightly worried is the danger of
diluting our political message if we accept many non-GNU speakers.  An
example is the recent Emacs Conference in London where we met; the event
was technically very interesting, but with hardly any mention of free
software.  In my opinion GHMs should remain strongly centered around GNU
and free software, and not become generic software conferences.

I agree. There are plenty of those. That's precisely why GHMs can act as an antidote, because there, "GNU" is in the title (and perhaps "Free" could be too?), and we are organising it.


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