Am Montag, 14. März 2022, 14:16:53 CET schrieb Richard Brown:
With all due respect, the Board's stated function is:
- Act as a central point of contact
- Help resolve conflicts
- Communicate community interests to SUSE
- Facilitate communication with all areas of the community
- Facilitate decision making processes where needed.
- Initiate discussions about new project wide initiatives
The Project's stated function is to build Linux distributions, and promote the use of Linux (source: https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Guiding_principles )
Neither the role of Board, nor the Project as a whole, states or suggests that they exist to engage is quasi-legal fights against nation states or super-national organisations.
Neither the Board, nor any other contributor to this initiative is engaging in 'legal fights'. However, each contributor can decide about his/her time and the goals one want to achieve, and bring this to the community.
Especially on a topic of that is only tangentally related to openSUSE specifcally and Linux generally; Forcing companies to offer OS choice doesn't mean that Linux will be an available choice, and even if they do offer Linux, companies are far more likely to offer any other Linux before ours for a whole host of reasons.
To give you some background: The first idea resp approach was that EU should strenghten user rights by forcing manufacturers to provide a free operating sysem as first choice. Any other system may be provided as option, at true costs of the license.
However, during discussions with policy experts it became clear that this would now not give a tangible result.
First we need to clarify that user rights are affected, and this is what that is about.
Next steps can be taken thereafter
It's also not like Desktop is a super relevant, burning, timely issue of interest to the majority of people these days.
I disagree. Sure the smartphone covers a lot of activities, but still Laptops and Desktops are primary workhorses. And this is where I (amongst other users) focus on. Regarding cloud and Edge, I dont feel we have an issue with preinstalled systems. And you are totally free to push that area.
I'd rather see this project focus on actual relevant real world issues, such as:
- encoraging more contributors to actually contribute to our codebases,
- improving the polish of our distributions, especially when it comes
to the increasingly relevant cloud & edge use cases
- having openSUSE better reflect the diversity of relevant use cases of
Linux (server, edge, cloud, embedded...and desktop) rather than it's current over-emphasis of desktop often at the expense of others
- focusing openSUSE on areas where contributions are stronger and where
alternative technologies couldn't lighten the load on our contributor base (eg. do we really need to package LibreOffice when they're doing it for us as Flatpaks?)
For sure, these are important areas for openSUSE and they are warrant to look into. Volunteers welcome
It just doesn't seem like a good use of the Board's effort to fight the EU when we've got plenty to improve that will directly relevant to openSUSE.
The efforts the board takes to support the openSUSE Community are not affected by this initiative.