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Re: [Debconf-team] DC14 bids: certainty in Venezuela

On 12/03/13 20:33, Gunnar Wolf wrote:
> Daniel Pocock dijo [Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 10:13:35AM +0100]:
>> Taking away the Chávez factor (which is obviously not to be
>> understated), all these other issues could be raised for just about any
>> other country these days:
>> (...)
>> Given the Government commitment to free software, isn't this the model
>> of an independent and therefore stable Government that we all aspire to
>> see in our own countries?
>> Neither the Venezuelan team nor the wider Debian community should be
>> deterred by short term factors, and if anything, now is the time when
>> the DebConf committee could well choose to place a big vote of
>> confidence - and solidarity - with the Venezuelan local team, their
>> country, and their free software strategy.
> Right - The factors you mention are not minor, and I hope they are
> rightly considered for our decision.
> Just as a side note: We have over the years decided that, although we
> *do* value holding DebConf in a country/region where it helps
> strengthen Debian's (and free software in general's) presence, and
> where governments are most sympathetic and committed to free software,
> the main goal of DebConf is to *improve Debian*. Strengthening the
> local community and the adoption in the guvernamental(?) areas are
> nice (and expected) side-effects, but it is not the core reason or
> evaluation for our choice.
> If we choose Venezuela, or if we choose the USA, it will be on the
> basis of what is better for Debian's improvement through a large
> face-to-face conference.

I'm not suggesting the local policy on free software should give anybody
an unreasonable advantage, I'm just suggesting that the bid team should
not be de-motivated because of their current political background.

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