Today we're kicking off the #GNU Assembly!
This is a new umbrella for GNU people seeking transparent decision-making and built around consensus. It's the result of a decade of struggle to make #GNU inclusive, transparent, and community-driven.
#GNU contributors: consider joining!
#FreeSoftware activists: help us spread the word!
I sometimes feel that a decade (or more¹!) was lost in internal discussions that had little effect, and during which “outsiders” would think GNU = FSF = RMS.
But I’m happy we’re now looking forward and contributing to the future of #freesoftware. A real milestone!
@civodul Thank you for taking that initiative! This is a courageous decision :).
I’m a long term GNU enthusiast but sadly not really a contributor, since I don’t know how to code. I always to get more involved with the project thought, and I think I will take that as an opportunity ^_^.
@civodul now that is serendipity timeing.
This looks like a tech/process based attempt at grassroots governance. Must say straight out, in my expirence, I have seen many process lead models like this, and they have NEVER worked.
Though it is always a good thing to try iteration. And good to contrast this to the humane/serendipity based aproch that we have been working on at the #omn
I like it.
@civodul It might be worth adding an FAQ entry or something clarifying what exactly this is meant to do. It's largely made up of existing GNU contributors. Will they be ignoring the FSF in favor of the assembly? Will they be forking all the relevant GNU projects/hosting them themselves in order to be independent of the FSF? etc.
@civodul for me this is like a coup d'état/blow of state, one of those that the US usually do/promote against governments that show them as dictators without being dictators (e.g. Allende in Chile)
@civodul at these times we need more constructive/positive feedback, not destructive, which is what is happening with this initiative, de-fragmentation
@civodul I am opposed to the fact that this project uses "GNU" in its name. Unfortunately, the legal word heavily relies on uniqueness of names so you guys should choose a different one and stop colliding with the existing GNU!
I am an RMS supporter.
@how I agree that free software is policitical and that policitical conflict is sometimes necessary.
What the code of conduct condemns are recurrent trolling and attack patterns within the project’s space. Within the assembly, political disagreements are handled in a civil manner. And it’s refreshing!
@natacha @how People in the Assembly share the goals of GNU when it comes to user freedom. The big difference lies in the fact that the Assembly aims for self-organization rather than BDFL/top-down style “governance”.
As for user freedom: I agree it actually goes beyond the 4 freedoms, and I agree we need to keep the big picture of digital autonomy in mind!
@civodul It's funny that people who are not and never have contributed to GNU feel entitled to tell the people who are actually working on GNU what to do about GNU.
@be Yeah, it’s a topic where everyone feels entitled to speak their mind and to give advice—if not orders.
I'm an outsider and thus not important, but I'll only say that I think forming this organization is a good idea and something really useful could come out of it.
I wish you guys all the best. No community (or portion thereof) should be forced to work for a leader they feel doesn't represent them, no matter the reason.
I mean, this is free software. Forks should be the norm.
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