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Robert Ryley wrote:

1. It continues to encourage the commodification of techincal
personnel.  People just become "certs" as opposed to intelligent,
independent individuals with value to bring to an organization.  This
is a mindset that *must* be broken for FLOSS to be viable.

I totally disagree. Certification is about competence of members and
third parties, in order to allow them to sell their services and make
money out of their competence. Without the recognition of competence,
free software is not going to build any business for his volunteers.
Idealistic concepts like recognition of individual value are not leading
anywhere, as history shows.

Do you want to engage in life or death struggle every day, where
either you chop your opponent's head off, or he chops yours?

The concept is exactly the opposite. Competence allows to sell services
at a fair rate. Look at RedHat: they certify the competence of their
third parties, and their third parties build a business on it.

2. In whose interest is the TDF working for -- the developers of LO
and its extensions, or the corporate enterprise?

TDF is working to create an ecosystem around LibreOffice, where members
- including developers, but also non developers - are able to monetize
their competence because it is recognized.

Speaking of an ideal world where an independent organization is
certifying competence on behalf of the marketplace is like looking at
Alice in Wonderland as a business manual. Free software will never get
anywhere with theoretical visions.

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