Going passive

Jeroen van Meeuwen kanarip at kanarip.com
Tue Nov 9 15:26:47 UTC 2010

On Tuesday, November 09, 2010 02:35:22 pm Adam Miller wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 09, 2010 at 12:20:02PM +0100, Sascha Thomas Spreitzer wrote:
> > Dear Fedorians,
> > 
> > as I feel frustration about my work in Fedora and I do not agree with
> > todays Fedora governance and ruling system I am hereby taking the
> > logical step of stopping all my active contributions to this project.
> > One major point is that I feel exploited by RedHats installation of
> > the Fedora Project and I do not feel it is ok to contribute for a
> > companys benefit that is not equal to its project investment.
> > 
> > Thats why I am saying goodbye, with the following sentence;
> > "Microsoft is the evil we know. Novell and Oracle is the evil we got
> > to know and Canonical and RedHat is the evil we will get to know."
> While I respect your wishes and desires to move on in life, I have to
> object to your statements about "Red Hat's installation of the Fedora
> Project and I do not feel it is ok to contribute for a companys benefit
> that is not equal to its project investment."
> Red Hat employs many Fedora contributors in order to contribute
> specifically to Fedora and that should be encouraged, not scoffed at. Red
> Hat also funds almost 100% of the infrastructure that allows those of us
> who contribute to contribute as well as their funding for all the
> ambassador efforts and many many other bits throughout the Fedora scape.
> I think the qualms that Red Hat is getting "something for nothing" isn't
> accurate of Red Hat but is in fact true of many companies that use open
> source in any way/shape/form for profit, but the difference is that Red
> Hat actually takes action and contributes back to the open source
> community in both code and content contribution as well as monetary
> funding, and for that reason I am happy to stand by their efforts and
> defend their name as an outsider of their organization and as a Fedora
> contributor.

I bet you can estimate how many holes I can make in your line of reasoning, 
and for the sake of argument, I won't. However, based on many, many incidents 
that -each by themselves- mean absolutely nothing, or may not seem to have all 
that much consequence, but together do indicate a larger problem, you can see 
where a certain perspective just doesn't meet another perspective. Once you 
realize that, more things become clearly visible.

Kind regards,

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