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Il 19/10/2010 17.19, Charles-H. Schulz ha scritto:


So, if I understand you well, you do indeed raise a good question, but
one which, to me, adds more gray zones. Let me rephrase how I
understand your position: you are afraid that we're mixing the
membership of the Foundation and the membership of the community, and
that by mixing the two we would be putting the foundation itself (the
legal object, the kernel as you called it) in jeopardy . Basically,
every contributor could come around and harm the foundation. (Did I get
this right?)

Yes, that's the point. :)


This being said, I believe it's necessary to focus on the question of
the membership, and separate it from the question of the foundation
structure and its governance. Obviously, these questions are all
related, but if we handle more specific ones, we'll be able to generate
some valuable input I think.

Really, *how* can you separate the membership from the governance?

You know: one head, one vote. ;-)

There are Foundations that have different classes of members (like stockholders), but I see really difficult to apply such method to a free software organization.

In addition to this, I still feel I'm still missing something in your argument.

In fact, you seem considering the Foundation as a part of a larger egalitarian group rather than the leading association that primarily acts for the sake of LibreOffice.

I see: The Document Foundation (members: Charles-H. Schulz, Google, whoever-you-want) with its steering committee/council;

While it seem you and others see: The Document Foundation + Google + Whoever-you-want that collaborate with each other and have a common council for the most important decisions.

Frankly, if it's so, it isn't what I hoped when I heard about TDF for the first time. :'(
Gianluca Turconi

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