Joint statement on the GNU Project https://guix.gnu.org/blog/2019/joint-statement-on-the-gnu-project/
@cwebber He stepped down from the free software founation but not gnu, right?
@cwebber It's cool to see that GNU's internal organization is such that a statement like this can be made; speaks to a strong institution, I think.
@cwebber Good. GNU is back in my good books.
Re: GNU/ RMS-adjacent
> Joint statement on the GNU Project https://guix.gnu.org/blog/2019/joint-statement-on-the-gnu-project/
> We, the undersigned GNU maintainers and developers
Do you happen to know what fraction of GNU maintainers those 18 names represent? I have no idea whether this is closer to 10% or 90% of maintainers
Re: GNU/ RMS-adjacent
> Joint statement on the GNU Project guix.gnu.org/blog/2019/joint-statement-on-the-gnu-project/
I was curious about how large a fraction of the GNU maintainers these 18 names represent. I asked on HackerNews, and got the following reply:
> A small fraction. But an important one. These are some of the biggest names in GNU, like Emacs, libc, gcc, gdb and gpg [and GNU Octave –eds :D]
h/t @JordiGH who answered my question there
@cwebber Question: how many non-male signatories are on this list?
@J12t Not sure the gender of all participants. I'm guessing it's mostly male though, but that's partly because of the problem being addressed: GNU is *very* male dominated.
Attempts to make progress to change that in the past have been hindered by the very issue this post is discussing.
@cwebber The BDFL has not served his whole life yet. :P
@cwebber this is great to see! 100% support
@cwebber I wanna thank you for your part to play in this.
As an associate FSF member and long term GNU supporter; the long bouts of official silence and the turbulence of the more public mailing lists have actually been heart breaking to sit through.
I was a bit afraid we had entered a new status quo already. One I was not comfortable with.
@trashheap Thanks... I mostly was a signatory on this one, though I agree with it; others did the work of coordinating (which I know isn't easy). I'm glad the statement is out.
@cwebber There is a lot of non-gnu free software. Why does Guix want to remain a GNU project? I can understand the problem with the FSF, because it holds the copyright for some software and it can weaken the copyleft on all GPLv3+-licensed software.
Why not follow the example of libreboot?
@cwebber I'm not familiar enough with the GNU Project as a whole to be able to gauge: Is this a large percentage of those involved? Or, like, a bunch of highly visible/influential people within that community?
@benhamill It's definitely some very visible maintainers.
@cwebber Cool. Thanks.
@cwebber I thought this struck a nice balance.
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