Hello Carlos, how are you? I hope everything is fine. I'm writing to you because I would like to know if you will run for the election of the new Community Governance in August or you have definitively moved forward from the ADempiere project. I'm asking this because here in the (country_withheld) community we are discussing about the different options, if the two projects will not merge in the near future we must decide whether to support both or just one. I know that everything is subject to change but knowing your intention is of great value for us. Of course I will not disclose any confidential information you would like to share with me. Regards, (name_withheld)
I think this is a public concern and because of that the answer must be public, so here we go:
Hi, thanks for asking, I think there are different concerns on Adempiere project, one is community, second is developers, and third is implementors/businesses. Each concern requires different attention, and I think Adempiere failed when the businesses took the project, my thinking is:
- community management, I would promote red1 to do that, focused on community fostering, this is a non-technical approach but more like encourage participation, getting sponsorship, coordinating community efforts, etc
- developers, this is the technical side and I'm all for the decentralized environment that we created on iDempiere, so here my answer is clear, I won't run for a PMC or any technical position, simply because I think that's not necessary, it was a failed approach, decentralized approach is showing to be better
- businesses, I think businesses must be encouraged to use and brand themselves not using the adempiere/idempiere name (I mean, probably it can be used as a suffix or prefix previous evaluation, but you must not use it unfairly like the "adempiere business consultants" did). The problem in adempiere is that businesses became "concerned" about the brand because they didn't promote their own, and then they thought the solution to all the problems was to take the brand, but in the process they killed the community and the technical part of the project.
So, summarizing: no, I won't accept any position, my only hope is to restore the COMMUNITY status of the project (hopefully led by red1) and encourage businesses to do what they must do (promote their own business brand and leave the adempiere brand to community as it was initially intended).
My plan is to keep developing iDempiere, if iDempiere can be promoted as part of the Adempiere project or not must be defined by community, not by a bunch of egocentric business people. But I'm not too worried about that, iDempiere has a long life with or without adempiere promotion.