[maemo-community] Imagine the MeeGo council (was Re: Encouragement to council candidates)

From: Randall Arnold texrat at ovi.com
Date: Sat Mar 13 00:27:42 EET 2010
> ----- Original message ----- 
> From: <quim.gil at nokia.com>
> To: <maemo-community at maemo.org>
> Subject: Imagine the MeeGo council (was Re: Encouragement to council candidates)
> Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 22:16:08 +0100
>We better make a strong Maemo council election before discussing 
> deeply the MeeGo council. Still, the discussion is worth to prepare 
> current candidates and voters.
> > actually we have: Nokia --> Quim Gil --> Council (5 Maemo members)
> Right.
> > I would expect now: (Nokia + Intel) --> Community Leader (Quim? he
> Actually it's not like this. Even if today it might look that way, I 
> beet the picture will be already different by the time a first MeeGo 
> council election eventually comes.
> MeeGo is a Linux Foundation project that is pushed initially by Nokia 
> and Intel, who put a big amount of developers, infrastructure and 
> work together to create a free Linux mobile platform. Other 
> organizations and individuals may start contributing, get 
> responsibilities, areas of ownership and eventually make it to 
> leading positions in working groups and the Technical Steering Group.
> All this is a meritocratic structure, and it could benefit from a 
> complementary democratic structure. For instance (and I'm improvising 
> here) imagine that the chair of the MeeGo community council would sit 
> in the TSG during the "mandate" period.
> > would be fine :) ) ---> MeeGo Council (2-3 people from Maemo + 2-3
> > people from Moblin). In this way we would be sure that both
> > communities have a strenght representation in the Council. Of course
> > it would be fine too, if in those 2-3 people we would have 1
> > @nokia.com and 1 @intel.com....
> First why the middlemen like nowadays myself. Once bootstrapped, 
> MeeGo will be an open project in a way Maemo has never been. No NDAs 
> will be needed to operate in MeeGo and define the roadmaps and 
> strategy. The role of the council in this sense needs to be 
> repurposed.
> Second, why perpetuating Maemo and Moblin communities. As soon as 
> there is a MeeGo architecture, a MeeGo API and MeeGo devices a new 
> community will flourish. Now all this feels like a departure and a 
> break, but I'm personally so sure that by the end of this year all 
> you N900 users will just feel part of the MeeGo community, feeling 
> Maemo as some kind of motherland identity embedded and not in 
> conflict with MeeGo. I know well because this is how I feel already 
> today, after some time working for this project and a good grasp of 
> how life in the MeeGo project is going to be once code, releases and 
> web spaces are deployed.
> --
> Quim Gil + N900
> open source advocate
> Maemo Devices @ Nokia

I like your thinking there Quim.

Ideally, as we hold the (last?) maemo.org council election, there would be a moblin.org election as well.  Those two councils would then prepare the way for a MeeGo council together.

I don't see that happening in this short time, since moblin seems to have lacked the basis, but I still see merit in that sort of approach.  Maybe one of the first jobs of the next maemo.org council is to reach out to the moblin side and encourage them to quickly assemble a community-focused transition team, their choice of method... or maybe the last job of the current council?


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