[fosscomm] Covering letter to FOSSCOMM position - for comments

Anivar Aravind anivar.aravind at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 01:00:00 PDT 2009

On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 1:20 PM, Venkatesh Hariharan<venkyh at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 12:21 PM, jtd<jtd at mtnl.net.in> wrote:
>> On Wednesday 15 July 2009, Nagarjuna G. wrote:
>>> On Wednesday 15 Jul 2009 9:21:12 am vid wrote:
>>> > On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 19:30, Kishore
>>> Bhargava<kishore at linkaxis.com> wrote:
>>> > > In fact, I think we should do a membership drive for
>>> > > organisations. I am assuming that FOSSCOMM will only be a
>>> > > network or group of FOSS organisations and not individuals.
>>> >
>>> > This is sad. I am disappointed to see that fosscomm intends to be
>>> > a network of flossy-organisation's-only. It was decided earlier
>>> > that individuals would be a part of fosscomm, so I am surprised to
>>> > see a suggestion that keeps individuals out.
>>> >
>>> > /me is catching still up on list mails and am not sure if this is
>>> > point is what prompted another mail on individuals which I had
>>> > read earlier.
>>> I don't think this issue is discussed, except Kishore's assumption
>>> above.  Indeed KG did sign as an individual in the recent
>>> representation. So, there is no attempt to exclude individuals, and
>>> couldn't foresee any reason why people would support such move.
>> Infact I see individual memberships and activism as far more important than
>> organisations.
> JTD, I beg to disagree. In areas like software patents, only
> organizations can make a difference because it requires a very
> prolonged and sustained effort to crack the system. Time, money,
> persistence, harnessing multiple skills (technical, legal etc)  are
> all required for this kind of an effort and that's best done by an
> organization, not individuals.
> Yes, individual memberships and activism is important, but that has
> its place while an organization has its own place. For long-term
> activities like software patents, FOSS in education etc, we will need
> to build institutions that will outlive individuals.

We need Individuals and Organisations for the growth of this FOSS eco
system. At the same time ensuring Space for Individuals s very
important .

Lets work on Membership policies first.  Kenneth, I believe we dont
need a CMP and we dont need to avoid issues like Software patents.
What we needed is the ground principles for work & membership. keep
the option of areas we are going to work open . That opens the space
for taking up various causes forward.


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