[kde-community] finding a clear vision for KDE - an alternative draft for discussion

Jos Poortvliet jos at owncloud.com
Sun Feb 14 20:10:09 GMT 2016

On Saturday, February 13, 2016 9:35:22 PM AMT Ingo Klöcker wrote:
> On Monday 08 February 2016 17:07:26 Alexander Dymo wrote:
> > > We define the goal for KDE not in technical terms, but in terms of
> > > Freedom, user control and privacy.
> > 
> > I understand this part clearly. I just say that this goal is too
> > broadly defined, and, therefore hardly reachable by a single
> > organization like KDE.
> I think you misunderstand what (the purpose of) a vision is. Let's look 
> at an example.
> Oxfam's vision is "a just world without poverty". 
> https://www.oxfam.org/en/our-purpose-and-beliefs
> This goal is hardly reachable by a single organization like Oxfam.
> > Most free software communities, including KDE, already work towards
> > that goal.
> Exactly. Just as many other NGOs are working towards the same goal as 
> Oxfam.
> > Defining it in writing as the goal of KDE adds neither value nor
> > attractiveness to KDE as a project.
> Well, that's debatable (and I disagree with it), but I hope you agree 
> that not defining it in writing as the goal of KDE can only reduce KDE's 
> attractiveness (because some potential contributors might fail to see 
> our goal and decide to join another community).
> I think your concern is that the vision does not function as 
> differentiation from other free software communities. That's correct, 
> but setting KDE apart from other free software communities is not the 
> purpose of the vision. What differentiates us from other free software 
> communities is not our goal, but the way we want to reach (resp. 
> approach) this goal. And this way should be spelled out in the mission.

+1 to all you said.

> Regards,
> Ingo

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