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AbiSource: Replacing ESR is the Wrong Goal

Mar 29, 1999, 15:22 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric W. Sink)

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The President of AbiSource, Eric W. Sink, says, "So, Eric wants to step down, and he's seeking a replacement. His memo offers a list of qualifications which any would-be leader should read carefully. In fact, I agree with his list -- to be a leader in Open Source, you'll need most or all of the attributes he mentions. However, the list actually looks like a list of his qualifications, presumably predicated on the notion that the best replacement for ESR would actually involve human cloning. Insofar as this is true, and sprinkled with a little humor, I'd like to offer a few qualifications that I think he missed."

"Just because ESR has done a great job does not mean that we want someone just like him. Are the needs of the Open Source community over the next year the same as they were over the previous year? Eric's contributions are strong because he is a voice, not an echo. Any so-called replacement for him needs the same attribute, even if his/her voice is carrying a somewhat different message. If that message is what the community needs, then people will listen to it, and that person will be a "leader". The key issue deals with leadership, not travel schedule."

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