[en] Frequently asked questions about Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA)

Beatriz Busaniche bea at vialibre.org.ar
Tue Apr 26 12:14:40 UTC 2005

Following the publication of our Declaration of Intent, we have received
a number of communications from members of the community, generally
giving FSF-LA a warm welcome, for which we are grateful.

Several people asked us similar questions about FSFLA's future
structure. This prompted us to try to answer them in this FAQ which is
meant to outline a public preview of the profile we envision for FSFLA.

FSF-LA is still a project, not a reality yet 
        We are working towards a strong and healthy FSF-LA, laying out
        the groundwork for an organization that will centainly far
        outlive us all. This takes careful preparation and lots of work,
        most of which is still ahead of us. We are glad of the
        recognition for the need of FSF-LA, and we wish to ask you all
        to bear with us and be patient, so we can build an organization
        worthy of your support.
      * The working team is not FSF-LA's board 
        Those currently working on FSF-LA are a group of people that are
        strongly committed to Free Software, and who share a vision of
        what FSF-LA should be and what it sould do. Our work here is to
        build the infrastructure, and only then populate the roles with
        the most qualified person for the job. We're still some time
        away from that point.
      * FSF-LA will not attempt to represent anybody but itself and its
        The "LA" in FSF-LA's name merely reflects its membership's main
        area of provenance, and its main area of activity. FSF-LA's role
        is one of service to the community, not of representativity or
        regional integration. It s ambition is to be useful and helpful
        to all members of the community. FSF-LA is aware of the hard and
        excellent work done by members and organizations of the Free
        Software community, and will encourage all individuals and
        organizations to work together as much as it makes sense, and be
        open to everyone who wishes to help it in its mission. Hopefully
        FSF-LA will become a gathering point for members of the
        community, but it will assume no representation of anybody who
        doesn't freely feel identified with it.
      * FSF-LA will not be a federation of nations or national
        FSF-LA will be comprised of individuals who share the values of
        Free Software, and who wish to support Free Sofwtare and be
        useful to the free software community through its work. As far
        as FSF-LA is concerned, individuals don't represent any country
        or organization within it. FSF-LA will welcome individuals based
        on their commitment to Free Software, not their affiliation or
        nationality. FSF-LA will of course need to have a main seat
        registered in an as-yet undecided latin american country, and it
        will need representations in several countries in order to
        interact with local legal systems, but this will be a real-world
        implementation detail, not integral part of the design.

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