Hi Mark, Hi Ludo,
On Mon, Apr 05, 2021 at 06:17:08PM +0200, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
Mark Galassi <mark(a)galassi.org> skribis:
> It's more a matter of association with toxic orgs, so there is a
> bit of a rush to get many gnu projects dissociated from the FSF so
> that at some point pundits will start writing headlines like "GNU
> Projects no longer associated with the FSF" and establish it as an
> independent name.
> Otherwise when we urge someone to work on or use the GNU
> Scientific Library (or other GNU projects) they might shy away.
Indeed, this is the most pressing need, and I think we need to make our
effort more lively and more visible.
There are practical steps we could take, such as mirroring software
pages we care about at gnu.tools, and having a home page that is more
upfront, has direct links to the SC and its list of endorsers, for
instance (currently one has to walk the wiki).
So have we really arrived at the point where to move Free Software
forward we have to break with the FSF? Has the name GNU become so
toxic because of the myth of the GNU GNUisance that we will have to
make clear we are GNU but without the FSF?
I was hoping to give the FSF another week to clarify which direction
they want to go. As far as I understand the board will meet again this
week and make another statement. Although I admit some of the recent
statements from the FSF haven't been very encouraging.
If we do break off then I hope we will keep using GNU as much as
possible, but start building out resources provided under gnu.tools,
but always with an eye towards one day merging again with those GNU
projects that want to stay behind. As a first step I think we should
find a different fiscal sponsor that can help us setup a new
governance structure and navigate all those foundational issues. I am
not sure we should do this as GNU Assembly, or encourage each
individual project to do this separately.