This whole thing just got me unprepared. I read the open letter last night and it made me suspect something strange is brewing. I tried to read the thread about the Foundation and I could feel all the fireworks exploding right from the opening pages, and those were actually from last week posts. But then this morning, I guess it's over? A great and awarded software had just self destructed! I don't know if I should be proud I've witnessed it. Well, what I meant by a position letter is much like the open letter by the dev team. It's like saying we, the pinoy mambo users, felt happy or sad about this development (I really don't know how everyone felt on this). Then finally, we'll say goodbye Peter or something like that. But I'm not sure if this is necessary, given all the deflections...
You know, I like Mambo, I really do. At the other board, I tried to help others when I had time as a means of giving back. However, I really do not know the structure of the organization -- how the development team came about, the role of Miro in the initial stage, it's role a month, a week ago, etc. It's easy to say that without the development team there would be no Mambo. Well, that's true. But (I'm just assuming here and giving a different scenario of which I am not entirely sure nor do I claim this to be true), someone had to have spearheaded the project. Was it Miro? If not, who? What really is Miro's role in all of this from the initial stage? Middle stage? Latter part?
Having said that, I'm not entirely sure I'm willing to cast a stone against one side versus another without first knowing the underlying history and the resulting struggle. I know there is a thread on the other board, but it was a bit overwhelming for me to actually read. Of course, I read bits and pieces, but not the whole thing. So, I'm as ignorant now as I was before I opened it.
History aside, it is obvious that goals and purposes have now changed. The dev team still believe in open source, while Miro believes in commercialism (at least from what I read). Unfortunately for Miro, there is too great of a following already for Mambo to easily slip into store shelves without a fight. Thus, here we are.
My point: I am not sure I am in a position to draft a petition/position letter nor to sign one asking one side to do one thing while asking the other to refrain from doing something. Mambo was here when I came. I'm still trying to figure out how I fit in the scheme of things. Now, I've been thrown against the corner by forces I did not expect nor could see.
Ha! How do you like that? It's the "I can't change a thing" coming out of me. hehehe
I guess in one statement: I do not know enough to take a stand either way. But, I can take a side -- open source. I'm here and will stay here.