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On Tue, 19 Oct 2010 17:39:29 +0200, Gianluca Turconi <> wrote:
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.

There is no reason why there could not be a proper foundation that acts
as custodian for e.g. technical infrastructure, and holds eventual
trademarks and decides on licensing policies for these etc. and a wider
council that is composed of all contributors.

Again, compare with the OpenStreetMap foundation
( with about 250 members
(that makes the eligable to elect the steering committee for example),
yet the recent relicensing campaign is decided by all x-thousand

There is no reason why decisions like "which GUI to adopt" etc cannot be
voted on by a wider community (which is organized and blessed by the
TDF). I am not sure we want to have open-for-all polls on things like
"we should discard mono", they are too prone to slashdot-initiated
rigging and allows the non-contributing majority to make decisions they
don't have to implement. After all the term "meritocracy" appears pretty
often in relation with the TDF ...

But as I am no lawyer and don't plan to implement governance things, I
am going to shut up now :).


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