OpenJDK Governing Board Minutes: 20011/4/21

Fernando Cassia fcassia at
Thu Apr 28 09:56:06 UTC 2011

On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 6:17 AM, Mark Wielaard <mark at> wrote:
> So, how do you propose this so called "governing board" goes about
> convincing people like Andrew to not throw up their hands in disgust at
> ignoring the people doing actual community work and trying very hard not
> to just have to give up on OpenJDK and fork away? This board is largely
> made up of people which are not even actual OpenJDK hackers.

I know very little things, Mark. I just have a few opinions, one of
them is that the companies that have put more man hours into a project
(or even, created them!) and pays for most of its developers should
have a bigger say in the direction a given FOSS project, than a few
vocal chronic complainers that apparently would only be happy if such
companies "give up" all control of the project, all in the name of
"community" of course.

The FSF has repeatedly refused to take down RMS´ anti-java rant "the
java trap" article even while it has been renedered obsolete years
ago, the moment Sun Microsystems decided to release Java SE as Free

So, "it takes two for tango", and sadly -as a former FSF contributor-,
I can´t say I know what the FSF´s true intentions are anymore, and
that rants like Andrew´s which start by attacking the governing board
contribute very little to a climate of collaboration or moving things
forward, unless of course the aim is to create the self-fulfilling
prophecy, that is in this case, a fork.

But hey, that´s me and my probably wrong, baseless and biased
opinions, I´m sure.


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