Now that we have a better underlying set of principles, and will possibly end up with a
more mature environment, I wonder if it might be a good idea to invite some projects to be
In the past my projects became GNU projects because Stallman appreciated the work I did in
early GNU stuff and had written me in 1996 saying:
I'm willing to agree that to call them GNU software,
because I trust that you're doing a good job
and that they will be a credit to the GNU project.
but that idea of "hey, this person who has my ear is doing something, so I'll
bless it" is not OK for our mature GNU project :-)
So I got to thinking about whether some projects that are key infrastructure, and a more
modern version of such, might want to be GNU projects. Some end user ones as well.
I wonder if it might be possible to invite them to be part of the GNU Assembly. Two came
At the low-level end of the spectrum are the Meson build system, which makes a good bid at
gently phasing out autotools (I'm beginning to do that phasing myself).
The other is https://lichess.org/
by Thibault Duplessis. For those who do not follow
is a huge free software success story, and a real part of what kept the
world going during the lockdown. There is an amazing lecture the author gives on
which really shows his single-minded dedication to offering a free (as in freedom and as
in cost) service. Licensing is spelled out in the way we love at: