On 10/26/2010 02:44 PM, Marc Paré wrote:
I haven't quite read all the messages regarding this subject as there
are quite a few of them, so if I talk about something that has already
been discussed, please forgive me. In terms of obtaining funding, I
already see that donations are being taken on behalf of TDF, which to me
is a good start. Is TDF going to have one central location with
chapters throughout the world (like the FSF)? What about adding more
avenues for donations, such as Google Checkout? Not everyone
participates in bank transfers, and not everyone is comfortable using
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.
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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