[linux-audio-dev] Re: linuxaudio.org
marpet at naex.sk
Wed Jan 21 14:12:21 EST 2004
On Wed, 2004-01-21 at 15:45, Joern Nettingsmeier wrote:
> this is a somewhat heated reply, you may want to skip it entirely if you
> have had enough of this thread already...
> but since my own efforts are being drawn into the argument now, i feel
> it's time to sound off:
> Marek Peteraj wrote:
> > On Tue, 2004-01-20 at 11:01, Daniel James wrote:
> >>It's true that I did initiate the arrangement whereby the Linux audio
> >>community gets representation at a major UK audio industry trade
> > Suddenly you're now speaking as the representative of the whole Linux
> > audio community. But you're not. Neither am I. The only true
> > representatives of the Linux Audio community are the Linux Audio
> > Developers.
> marek, please: it's time to shut up.
> i too have been speaking as a representative of the linux audio
> community on various occasions. frank neumann has even been so bold as
> to organize a trade show booth in the name of the linux audio community.
> matthias nagorni is just now and in front of everyone's eyes committing
> the heinous atrocity of organizing a conference in the name of the linux
> audio community.
> none of us has obtained anyone's mandate, none of us has discussed
> everything we do on this list up to the point of consensus.
> SO WHAT?????
> there is no such thing as a linux audio community, except for *what
> people do*. so daniel is as much part of it as you and i.
> this list is just a list. a means of communication. it's great at times,
> and sometimes it's not. as pointed out before, not even everyone
> interested in linux audio uses it.
> nowhere on the whole wide web will you find a clear definition of what
> the linux audio community is and who can speak for it. and you are not
> going to define it either by continous nit-picking at the efforts of others.
> linux audio is what people do with it. that's what free software
> communities are about. if somebody tries to put an organisation together
> to provide a new forum for exchange with (shudder ;) commercial
> developers, that can only enrich the community. if it works, great, if
> it fails, so what?
> nobody is going to take all the code away from you (thanks to the gpl -
> chapeau, mr. stallman!), nobody is going to take all the contributors of
> the community away. where is the problem?
> there have been some valid points of criticism on how david is
> organizing and presenting his effort. i'm sure these can and should be
> discussed. but there is absolutely and utterly no point in bashing
> peoples' heads in for working free-of-charge towards what they believe
> will be for the good of linux audio.
> be pragmatic: if the linuxaudio.org effort is worth crap, then it's
> going to die a good and honest open-source death. if it prospers, then
> it will add another facet to the linux audio community. but how could it
> really endanger or take away anything that the community already has?
> the only thing i see endangered here is the atmosphere of mutual respect
> that has been one of the pillars of this mailing list.
> if you fear fragmentation of the community, well, that too is part of
> the game. projects are forked, forks are healed, projects succeed and
> die, communities form and disperse themselves. no harm in voicing your
> fear of fragmentation, but why attack people and discredit their efforts?
> excuse me for ranting, but i too have invested a lot of free time *and*
> money to advocate linux audio and the linux audio community. i want to
> continue to do this *as i see fit*, to the best of my knowledge, and i
> certainly do not want to face a stupid public tribunal such as this in
> return for my efforts.
> in my view, david first of all deserves a huge cheer for a new idea and
> a lot of work, and then we can discuss the points that were subject to
> this whole thread sadly reminds me again of the zynaddsubfx flamewar
> about the weird jesus clause its author had on his website. well, above
> all, imnsho, if some new thing comes with strings attached that do not
> suit you, just ignore it. you haven't lost anything, and nothing is
> being taken away from you. it's an offer, after all.
> >>on the basis that we will be offering free advice and
> >>information rather than a sales pitch. The organisers have agreed to
> >>give us the stand at cost, which they didn't have to do.
> > So how is that different from LinuxTag or ZKM? Again, what are we trying
> > to promote? The only thing we should promote right now are the Linux
> > Audio applications. Companies have resources to promote themselves. And
> > it makes no sense to promote Linux Audio Users at such event.
> > The problem is - Frank, Joern, Matthias were doing a great job
> > organising events and helping the Linux Audio Developers to promote
> > their open source Linux Audio applications. They never called themselves
> > the directors of LAD.
> nor does david. he stepped in as director of linuxaudio.org to get a
> ball rolling. just as matthias and frank "usurped" the role of
> conference organizers.
A conference organiser is something different than a selfelected
director. Sorry for not mentioning Conrad for organising LAD conf in
Australia. He deserves respect aswell.
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