Handing GLM work over to another organization
It is time I finally bring my participation in GNU/Linux Matters to a close. I have carefully thought the topic over, and wish to withdraw entirely over the coming months, starting now.
Since the organization is registered in my home (and that I am the bank account supervisor and only financial supporter), this means effectively dissolving GNU/Linux Matters.
It is my very strong desire, and also a requisite of the French law I believe, that the assets of the organization be only transfered to a non-profit organization.
I have e-mailed two persons at the Linux Foundation (http://linuxfoundation.org/) with a suggestion that they take over our work and they seem interested.
The way I see it, they have two great things:
1. The desire, and structure, to promote FLOSS to a wide public.
2. The domain linux.com (no, I did not mis-type).
And we have three great things that they could use immediately:
1. A daily public of newcomers from around the world
2. A nice good (if incomplete) content in eight languages
3. A handful of relevant domain names at PR6 and now two at PR7.
Possibly, with effort and adaptation they could use:
4. Community (read: you, when I'm gone)
5. Infrastructure (Poliglota CMS, Pootle installation etc).
Note: there are no guarantees as to what happens next, whether or not the Linux Foundation takes over the sites. Nothing is sure. Zero certainty. This is being discussed today.
I believe this is an excellent bet. Surely, if the Linux Foundation takes over our work, nothing (or very little) will be as before. The story continues with them.
But I believe this is great. As the founder of this wonderful little project, seeing the websites slowly erode because only two persons can no longer work on them just hurts. I cannot imagine a better future than handing them over to another organization, however different.
Are we going forward with this? Please write what you think. Remember:
- be short;
- be realistic (as in really-really-realistic)
- the clearer we are about a decision, the faster this goes.
[This is not my final post. I remain dedicated now, so as to bring my participation to a neat, complete close.]