Nokia spreading FUD?

MJ Ray mjr at
Wed Mar 16 10:14:37 UTC 2011

Jelle Hermsen wrote:
> It's really sad what's happening with Nokia. To me it just proves the 
> point that important FLOSS projects are best off being governed by an 
> independent foundation.  I'm not sure what this all means to the KDE 
> QT Foundation 
> ( ) [...]

I feel that FLOSS projects are best off being governed by a
contributor-led democratic association.

Foundations often either give special rights to the founders (like
Nokia's two seats on the KDE Qt Foundation), or the organisation has a
founding endowment which enables them more-or-less to ignore the
wishes of contributors if its leaders decide to do that.

Isn't democracy usually a good way of ensuring enduring freedom?

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