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I'd like to point out a few things.
First a comment.
We are not the FSF, we are not paid by them, we are hosted by them the same way they host other Free Software projects. Due to the size of the project the FSF have gone to great lengths in terms of help. For this I thank them.
For this review I am giving my opinions on (A)packaging, what (B) would really help right now, (C) upstream and their choices and (D)tomorrow.
(A) What about Packaging?
If you can, and you want something that is currently outside of gNewSense at this time do the following steps.
1) You package it.
2) You propose how you will be manage it from a security and bug fix perspective.
The impact of the above being done.
It should be the creation of the "community repo". For us to badge it as community it MUST be free software.
If it fails an FSF Free software test then really don't talk to us about it, I really am not interested.
Where should this lead?
Growing the community and the ability of people to participate.
If you have the interest you make it happen.
(B) What Would Help gNewSense Right Now?
If you had the skills to make our scripts work with any of the upstream other Window Managers, 64bit or the server then please document what steps you took.
We would like to hear from people who did this.
If you got it to work doing what we suggested then maybe if it was 98% of the way there you could ping the list and get back a good answer on getting to 100%.
If it is a straight conversion of upstream then you have the material that will help us progress.
Please DO NOT say this is a great idea and someone should do it. If you have the interest please do it.
(C) Upstream doing a "free version"
Neither Mark Shuttleworth nor Canonical asked me about a "more free version" they want to produce. Personally I would welcome it. I would rather a fully free one, I understand why Mark does not go there.
Please note a side benefit of such action is that perhaps more people would become aware of freedom issues as Mark has a larger gang of listeners than we do.
(D) Tomorrow is just today, yesterday. (I think that is fair use ;P)
Have a look at the item on http://www.badvista.org/blog where it asks you to vote on the Dell IdeaStorm website to Pre-install gNewSense on laptops and desktops, when you vote maybe you would like to put a comment on badvista.org.
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Message taken verbatium from the email "a little review or the stuff currently on the list" by Paul O'Malley ~ 23/02/07 (Added by Karl)