On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 5:26 PM, Nicu Buculei <nicu_fedora(a)nicubunu.ro> wrote:
Paul W. Frields wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-10-27 at 10:25 -0400, David Zeuthen wrote:
>> FWIW, I personally don't think any of these are good answers. Often I
>> think it would be useful if we had a good dictator to tell us what to do
>> (in the Linus is the dictator of the kernel way).
> Who exactly do you believe should be that dictator?
I think many of us remember the times when we had Seth Nickell and Havoc
talking "visionary" things about the desktop (even if they weren't
"dictators"), it was very useful to see the direction we are going to... any
Currently the appearance is we do not have any direction beside "follow
upstream", but the upstream (GNOME) pretty much lack the direction also
(Havoc and Seth were "upstream").
So yes, I would pretty much like to see someone taking leadership and
defining a direction, a "vision". And if he is coherent and active, we may
be glad to call him our "dictator".
Upstream also says that the things they do don't mean that everybody
should follow them exactly. Upstream usually does provide some sane
defaults but gives the freedom to downstream distibutions to customize
them the way distribution's users feel suits them best.
And of course there are things that upstream asks from downstream
distrubutions not to change if possible, but some distributions do it
That is why I understand Nicu that there should be a "benevolent
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