[Libre-soc-dev] RFC on mission

Alexandre Oliva oliva at gnu.org
Sun Nov 29 21:08:50 GMT 2020

On Nov 29, 2020, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton <lkcl at lkcl.net> wrote:

> On Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 8:14 PM Alexandre Oliva <oliva at gnu.org> wrote:
>> Is there any reason you'd rather not adopt the proposed wording?

> none at all

Phew! :-)

Here's the proposed change, updated on top of the recent changes.

diff --git a/The_Mission.mdwn b/The_Mission.mdwn
index 8b0e40d4..f4c3d753 100644
--- a/The_Mission.mdwn
+++ b/The_Mission.mdwn
@@ -5,7 +5,7 @@
 - to give mass volume appliance manufacturers an alternative to expensive
    un-auditable chips.
-- to maximize the degree of trust a customer (business or user) can place in
+- to maximize the degree of trust customers and users can place in
   their processor.
 - to provide a libre, secure and transparently developed hybrid CPU VPU
   GPU architecture to the world.

Ok to install?

Now, right after the above, there's another bullet:

- to provide businesses and users worldwide with an alternative to
  current proprietary opaque chipsets and drivers.

that comes across to me as suggesting that users are only individuals,
which sort of misdirects the meaning of the change we discussed and

To me, users can be businesses, governments, NGOs, individuals, etc.

Another potential reading of the above would be to take 'businesses' as
meaning 'suppliers', that nicely complements the broad understanding of
'users' that I favor.  Is that the intent?

If so, is there any difference of intent behind the spellings 'customers
and users' and 'businesses and users'?

Apropos: https://xkcd.com/2390/ seems to be making fun of me ;-)

Alexandre Oliva, happy hacker  https://FSFLA.org/blogs/lxo/
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