Gentoo project in disarray?

Gentoo LogoThis commentary from the latest Distrowatch Weekly Newsletter over at Distrowatch.com seems to suggest the Gentoo project remains mired in disarray:

Gentoo Linux made the headlines last week and once again it was for the wrong reasons. It appears that the Gentoo Foundation’s charter as a non-profit organisation was revoked several weeks ago, when it was discovered that all except two trustees had resigned or were unreachable: “There has not been any public explanation from the Foundation’s trustees as to why this was allowed to happen, or what steps are being taken, if any, to fix this. This is very bad for the morale of the Gentoo community.” The founder of Gentoo also offers a solution – his return as President of Gentoo Foundation: “If I return as President, I will preserve the not-for-profit aspect of Gentoo. Beyond this, you can expect everything to be very, very different than how things are today.” The response by the Gentoo community was mixed – some launched a petition supporting the return of Robbins as the project’s benevolent dictator, but others seem to be against the idea. Whatever your opinion, one thing is clear: a radical solution is needed to take Gentoo Linux out of the current quagmire. Failing that, the latest news item on the Gentoo Linux home page — announcing the October 15 weekly newsletter — could be the project’s very last news release.

Regular readers will we well aware that I think there is significant business risk in continuing with a Gentoo base for Zonbu, so I won’t add anything new here, other than to say it doesn’t look good for Gentoo.

Distrowatch Weekly Newsletter here: http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20080114

-Mr. Zonbu

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One Response to Gentoo project in disarray?

  1. Zonbu is not affected by the matters of the name and distro basis on Gentoo. This is really strictly an issue of the Foundations failure to maintain the not for profit entity. Daniel has owned the logo and name gentoo since we were all under Gentoo Linux Inc. What the issue is mainly focused on is that he could say that you could not use the name/logo anymore as is his right as the copyright owner. Thats the true core of the issues at hand.

    The other is really fluff as I was trying to point out in further posts I did people just took one issue and expanded to be about everything….its not and really should be kept focused. Gentoo as a technical platform is strong and reliable and progress is still moving forward….

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