Author: Leah Rowe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:16:08 +0000
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+% Formalising Democracy
+% Alyssa Rosenzweig
+% 25 Apr 2017
+One month ago, the [Open Letter to the Free Software Community](/news/unity.md)
+was published, alluding to the new Libreboot leadership. Today, the ideals
+expressed there have been formalised into an official project policy. In the
+new [General Management Guidelines](/management.md), the ins-and-outs of our
+democratic system is codified, including the formal team list. Hint, hint: the
+structure isn't "I, Alyssa Rosenzweig, decide everything and Thou shall bow
+down to me"! There are four core team members, and we welcome community
+feedback for major decisions.
+There was an underlying tension in the letter: should Libreboot rejoin GNU? On
+purely political and technical levels, the answer is a resounding "yes". We
+share the mission of spreading free software. Our communities overlap. Most of
+the Libreboot community uses GNU software, and much of GNU uses libreboot.
+Technically, the tighter itnegration is useful. Politically, closer ties will
+strengthen both of our projects. But this is neither completely a political or
+technical question -- it is a human one.
+There is no easy answer to this. But the best course of action is to reach out
+beyond the team to the community at large. A number of people ranging from
+Libreboot users to GNU developers to casual bystanders chimed in, and the
+answer was an overwhelming "yes, you should have done this a month ago!"
+With that in mind, we have reapplied for GNU. Leah conducted the initial
+discussions, such as the Reddit thread, as she felt that she needed to correct
+her own error. I have since been handling the application itself, which was
+submitted recently. GNU has not yet made a decision on the matter. Ultimately,
+it will be up to Richard Stallman himself whether the mutual benefits of
+joining will outweigh any potential awkwardness.
+No matter the response, Libreboot remains committed to free software. Whether
+or not we need a g'new name, this will never change.