[Consortium] Greetings, thanks, LAC report, and other important stuff...

Daniel James daniel at linuxaudio.org
Thu Apr 28 07:37:39 EDT 2005

Hi Ico,

> First off, I would like to extend my thanks to all the board members,
> especially Daniel, for entrusting me the honor as well as the responsibility
> of the Director of Linuxaudio.org consortium.

Technically I wasn't a member of the Management Board, as the director 
can't really supervise him or herself. But no worries :-)

I have now updated the contacts page on the site to include your photo, 
so I think an email to linux-audio-announce about the change of director 
may be in order. I'm happy to maintain the website, but if you want an 
FTP account on that server, just let me know.

> 4) Provide database-driven website that would eventually encompass an
> exhaustive search for various audio-related software, linux artists,
> supported hardware etc.

I think that Dave has already indicated that he would like some help to 
maintain linux-sound.org, and I agree database-driven CMS is the way to 
go. We should also try to co-ordinate with Fervent Software's 
linuxmusician.com site, which already has a CMS in place.

> 6) Instantiate a not-for-profit foundation

I agree this is a good long-term move, but there will be quite a bit of 
paperwork to do...

> 7) Generate consortium's logo

I can make the existing logo available to anyone who wants it in a 
scalable vector format - just ask.

> a) "Made in GNU/Linux"
> would be for projects which have been developed primarily on Linux platform

I don't go out of my way to upset RMS, but I have to point out that many 
embedded systems use little or no GNU Project code. Even in a desktop 
system, the proportion in terms of lines of code can be quite small. I 
also have to point out that as far as the general public goes, the Linux 
  'brand' has been very successful, but the GNU/Linux brand has been a 

I have been bullied on this issue a number of times by people who style 
themselves as advocates of 'freedom', including RMS, and that's made me 
less sympathetic to the GNU Project's position on the name the software 
should be given. I also think the view of history 'we had a complete GNU 
operating system except for a kernel' is highly misleading, and attempts 
to downplay the role in free software development played by people 
working outside of the GNU Project. This is hypocrisy, given that the 
GNU Project is always complaining about not getting enough credit.

> 8) Strengthen ties with other open-source foundations (i.e. FSF)
> *Ability to rely upon legal and other forms of help when necessary

I agree this is an important step, but don't expect the personal support 
of RMS unless you agree with everything he says :-)



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