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Le 2010-10-26 12:31, Italo Vignoli a écrit :
Gianluca Turconi wrote:

A Foundation that collects funds and gathers contributions to further
developing LibO, and steers the wider Community for that development,
it's a reassuring idea. It's just like Mozilla.

The Document Foundation was born with this same idea, although we do not
see the same founding opportunities of Mozilla (as they receive 60
million dollars per year from Google for choosing Google as the default
search engine). There will be announcements in the next two weeks which
will improve the understanding of the organizational model and of the
development directions TDF will be following in the future.

Although each member of TDF Steering Committee is able to express his
own opinions on the subject, I would not take every word as a statement
on behalf of TDF. At the moment, the vast amount of positive enthusiasm
around TDF is fostering ideas and innovations, and I prefer to see the
discussion flowing instead of feeding the list with statements.

In seven years, I have never seen so many people on the US marketing
team, and this is what makes me feel very comfortable inside TDF: the
amount of enthusiasm and positive feelings around the project. Shortly
in the future, we will have a season of more disciplined discussions.

Ciao, Italo

As a new member, and not knowing the history of the group, as well as not a member the SC or any core group, I am also quite encouraged and impresseed of how the LibO and TDF are organising. I am also quite impressed of the TDF broaching such issues as "what constitutes a member", "corporate sponsorship with membership concerns" etc. in consultation of the community. This is indeed a very promising project and team. I am sure the issue of funding will be addressed at some point but organising the community is of utmost importance. Once we are a little more organised and the first distro is released, we will be able to turn our more of our attention to corporate funding.

As for the US and in my case the Canadian membership, I really think that the approach should be more of finding members by approaching individuals and organisations rather than sitting back and waiting for membership to grow on its own. We need to seed with enough members to attain an amount of critical mass so that the membership feeds itself. It will not grow unless we go out into the user world and try to convince them to join our LibO community.

That said, I personally still expect a great product and a very professionally run organisation from the TDF/LibO. Judging from the chatter on the mailists and participation on getting the various aspects of the hardware/dev software etc. I can already see that these qualities are already part of the membership culture.



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