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From: Emily Gonyer <emilyyrose <at> gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Board of Directors Elections 2014 - Candidacy - Emily Gonyer
Newsgroups: gmane.comp.gnome.foundation.general
Date: Wednesday 21st May 2014 11:24:00 UTC (over 3 years ago)
Yes, you're part of the community. But you're being paid by a large
corporation to work on it, and as a result are beholden to them at
least as much as to the rest of the community. Red Hat is not the only
thing that matters in the GNOME world. Or, it shouldn't be. But for
the last several years, Red Hat's wants/needs have trumped what anyone
else wants/needs, including the larger user base of GNOME which is
what (I believe) has driven it to fracture into so many DE's over the
last 3-4 years. We need to make sure that people who aren't working
for Red Hat have a say. Make sure that people who aren't being paid to
work on free software have a voice. Sure, those of us who are not
currently paid can speak up on mailing lists, but we're (mostly)
roundly ignored. This is what has driven the community apart. This is
the problem.

On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 7:18 AM, Bastien Nocera  wrote:
> On Wed, 2014-05-21 at 07:15 -0400, Emily Gonyer wrote:
>> Of course people should be able to be paid to work on free software.
>> That's great. But when one or two large companies pay the majority of
>> developers, it becomes hard to argue that it is still a 'community
>> led' project, let alone one which is independent. And that's where
>> GNOME is right now.
> Are we (those paid contributors) not part of the community? Are non-paid
> volunteers the only ones that can be part of the "community"? I don't
> understand your answer here.
>> On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 6:35 AM, Richard Hughes 
>> > On 21 May 2014 10:14, Bastien Nocera  wrote:
>> >> Suggesting that we don't have GNOME's best interests at heart is
>> >> just hurtful, and incorrect.
>> >
>> > Agreed. I've never once been told by anyone at Red Hat to do something
>> > that I didn't think was in the best interests of GNOME as a project.
>> >
>> > Richard

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