[OSGeo-Discuss] Tales from a Benevolent Dictator

Peter Baumann p.baumann at jacobs-university.de
Fri May 20 03:39:16 PDT 2016

Hi all-
there is a bunch brilliant people to carry on "after me", should that be the

On 05/15/2016 03:30 PM, Moritz Lennert wrote:
> On 15/05/16 14:40, Marco Afonso wrote:
>> Hi Anita,
>> Aha! So there is a ponderation weight on software quality evaluation AND
>> project organization evaluation.
>> So you can exclude an open source software with high quality if their
>> organization evaluation is low.
>> For me that seems wrong. A software on a public repository is only
>> limited by it's licence terms, or unlimited at all. :)
> But the discussion is not about whether the software should be in a public
> repository or not, or what the licence term should be. The discussion is about
> what the meaning of the "OSGeo project" label is.
> I don't think anyone has questioned the quality of the software, here.
> However, one of the aims of labeling a project an OSGeo project is to give a
> certain level of guarantee to potential users that this software _project_
> respects a series of criteria that are considered important to ensure a
> long-term sustainability of that project. Putting one person's name in the
> statutes of a project and designating that person as the one who has ultimate
> decision rights (even if these decisions are always based on quality
> criteria), leaves the question of what would happen if that person lands under
> the proverbial bus.
> A more collective governance structure is seen by many as more sustainable in
> the long run. Similar debates have gone on for ages in Debian, for example,
> about team-based maintaining of packages vs individual maintainers.
> What I personally haven't really understood, yet, is what the rasdaman
> community is really afraid of. If the community works as well as described,
> why would the creation of a PSC-like structure create such problems ?
> Moritz
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