☞ Leadership Change

  • Pamela declares victory, resists the temptation to diversify and announces Groklaw will no longer publish original articles. Personally I think this is a great loss for the wider software freedom community; an investigative community venue is definitely needed to counter the mesh of conspiracies I know are the daily work of industry lobbyists and standards professionals.
  • The OSI Board has now elected officers and committee chairs for the 2011-12 year.
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3 Responses

  1. Wow. Big news about PJ.

    I wish her well and cant wait for that book she will eventually write one day.

    Having ran some web sites, forums, BBS, etc, throughout 4-5 decades I have an idea of the time requirement that must involve with Groklaw (im not ever referring to the minutiae of cataloguing the court case like SCO and Comes v. Microsoft,) so i cant blame her even though we ALL would have hoped for `just a little bit longer`.

    The reasoning is sound, the timing is perfect.

    But…

    PJ`s voice is one that is very respected in free software. Few dare from within our communities attack her like they would a Stallman or a Moglen. She had +10 shield.
    Thats why I wish she would had continued the morphing of Groklaw to encompass more than its original mission.
    Maybe the best solution would be for her to do a feature article once a month for a neutral site like a foundation. It would cut back on all that involves the day to day of Groklaw. But I think she wants to step away from being PJ, the public figure everyone looks to for clear thought and fairness. That kind of pressure can wear down one someone. Just ask Linus about it or Jerry Garcia.

    I enjoyed the way Roy Shestowitz transformed the single minded BoycottNovell to a much more broad defense of free software ideals. (best daily FLOSS links ANYWHERE) and was hoping that Groklaw would do the same and continue to defend the ideas of free software because the name carried a degree of weight. Being singled out by PJ in an article was very hard to combat because of the respect she had garnered. I dont think there are many neutral commentators that have this stature in FLOSS.

    But almost a decade of having to play in the shadows (I work in the industry and I know exactly how much security companies are willing to pay for. On AND off the budget.). and having to deal with the O’Garas of the world takes its toll. If PJ is single, she has no time for a life and if she is married, then congrats to the husband for his patience. She deserves to live her own life a bit and rediscover her own personal identity.

    This is sort of like seeing your favorite band disband.
    Its a bit of an empty feeling for a while but we wont stop music because of it.
    Let`s hope Groklaw`s final legacy is that it inspired others to do but a fraction of what PJ did for free software.

    jack

  2. […] Leadership Change Pamela declares victory, resists the temptation to diversify and announces Groklaw will no longer publish original articles. Personally I think this is a great loss for the wider software freedom community; an investigative community venue is definitely needed to counter the mesh of conspiracies I know are the daily work of industry lobbyists and standards professionals. Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  3. Maybe Novell and Microsoft are buying Pamela’s silence….

    Dave 😉

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