"The announcement by the GNOME Foundation that it is appointing
Stormy Peters as its Executive Director confirms a suspicion that
I've harboured for a while: that we are witnessing the evolution of
major open source projects into new kinds of players in the
computing world, ones that require full-time staff not just to run
them, but also to articulate what exactly they are trying to do
*beyond* the code.
"The pioneer in this field is obviously the Mozilla Foundation,
which has grown from an apparently doomed attempt to hack the
original Netscape Navigator code into something half-usable, to a
high-profile, media-savvy outfit that is not just winning market-
and mind-share, but starting to frame many of the most important
discussions within the open source world..."