[LGM] LGM and FOSS in 2014 - coming of age

Dave Crossland dave at lab6.com
Fri Jan 3 11:10:05 PST 2014

Kindly, I don't get it :) the NSA approaching lgm seems as likely as Santa
approaching it. We already accepted Google sponsorship. With adobe doing
more and more libre web stuff, they could be a sponsor this year. I don't
see a difference between the two on this issue.
On 1 Jan 2014 12:59, "Gregory Pittman" <gpittman at iglou.com> wrote:

> Happy New Year!
> I would like to offer this email as a consideration of a mindset or
> strategy for LGM in the future.
> It's not a suggestion to abandon any of the cherished principles of
> FOSS, but mainly some ideas about how to interact with the proprietary
> or non-FOSS world out there.
> In short, I think we should endeavor to embrace (figuratively) the
> non-FOSS world out there. It's not going to go away, and its relative
> success is largely out of our control. A starting point might be to make
> sure we don't have some attitude that suggests "you're either with us or
> against us." People don't have to either stick with their proprietary
> software or switch to FOSS, they can use both -- some are compelled to.
> Even within the FOSS world, things are Darwinian -- you succeed as long
> as you give people what they want/need, and you can be replaced by some
> other FOSS project that does a better job.
> Thus, there is no taint on help, financial or otherwise, that comes from
> some non-FOSS entity. But we accept help from whatever quarter, as we
> accept any help, without any "deals" or contracts or preferences. We are
> going to scrutinize any display of some corporate entity's identity to
> ensure that it is not construed as an endorsement. Google, for example,
> has done a lot for open source, but mainly has done a lot for Google.
> A worst case scenario in 2014 might be for the NSA to approach us as a
> sponsor (talk about looking the devil in the face!). Even then, let's be
> realistic, we don't have anything someone can steal, we've already given
> it away!
> This isn't intended to apply to anything specific on the agenda right
> now, but I mainly meant this as something to consider as we look for
> resources, for help, for acknowledgment of what we do.
> Greg
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