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A single voice to speak for Puppy
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PostPosted: Sat 28 May 2011, 17:45    Post_subject:  A single voice to speak for Puppy
Sub_title: A way forward for puppy users who need to be heard
 

When I was project coordinator for Puppy, first with 2.15CE and later with 4.2x series, there was a cacophony of voices clamoring to be heard on the subject of what Puppy could or should be. In the beginning it was easy to pick out the voices of reason, but in the end there was so much "sound" that it became almost impossible to "hear" what was good, and reasonable, and important above the din. It became abusive to my ears when some elected to follow the path of repetition in monotones and I grew tired of listening very quickly. There is a lesson in that for those who are willing to learn.

With the Puppy Community being now so large, especially if you include the voices of Puppy lovers in Vietnam, China, India and South America, it is nigh on impossible for project coordinators or developers to "hear" what everyone has to say. A "seat at the table" is meaningless if the table is many times larger than the largest banquet hall table ever imagined; how can anyone hear anything when everyone is talking at once? Users of Puppy who feel ignored by the hierarchy, amorphous as that is with Puppy, need to find a single voice so they can address their issues in unison and have some reasonable chance that voice will be heard. Here then is my humble suggestion for a way forward for Puppy, leaving behind the discord that comes with a cacophony of sound.

1. Start a Puppy Linux Users Group (PLUG).

The advantages are that (a) the voices of many can be united in a single, much more powerful voice, (b) those who need to hear only need listen for that single voice and (c) no permission is required from Barry Kauler, the current project coordinator or any of the developers. Let the users come to the PLUG with their issues and let the developers tap that PLUG when they need ideas in pursuit of their hobby. That will result in a nexus that both groups can accept and appreciate; the users will have a place to voice their concerns and desires and the developers will have a well to voluntarily draw upon when they are seeking direction for their creative ideas.

2. Choose a place for the PLUG

Whether it be a part of this forum (not recommended IMHO) or another place where those elected to administer the PLUG have more direct control, the PLUG will need to be clearly visible and accessible to ALL Puppy users, including those who are also Puppy developers. In this day and age it seems logical for that place to be in cyberspace, so all can have direct access, but it must be moderated to ensure that all will have an equal chance to be heard or seen. Perhaps it can be linked from or hosted by puppylinux.org, or maybe puppylinux.com if Barry is inclined to offer those. If not, find your own place.

3. Choose a small team of PLUG leaders

It doesn't matter who these people are in terms of their technical ability with Linux or Puppy. It only matters that they are prepared to listen to the user base and are capable of logically organising the cacophony of sound into a single, representative voice.

4. Establish a charter for the PLUG

Set the boundaries early on. An advisory group needs its politicians to express the group's desires in a palatable way without the risk of alienating those who need to hear them. The PLUG should be a mammoth "filter" of sorts; removing those strident yet unreasonable and discordant demands while harmonising the rest into a single stream of ideas.

5. Promote the PLUG

Everyone needs to understand where the "speakers" are located, so they can connect their input or listen to the output. It would not be unreasonable to have several sub-PLUGs located in various centres around the world and dedicated to translating the local voices into a common language for the master PLUG to represent. That is crucial to give voice to the hitherto silent majority in those countries mentioned earlier. Hacao in Vietnam, Tutu in France and a multitude of other NES Puppy derivatives and their devotees would be forever grateful, I'm sure.

Understand the PLUG

Puppy development will never change. It is conducted by hobbyists and volunteers in the true spirit of Open Source and following its creator's innovative model of Fun First! If you think that model is unusual, I suggest that you revisit your knowledge of Google and its development process for an example. The PLUG must be prepared to accept that it cannot compel volunteers; it must instead appeal to them in every sense of that word. They have to WANT to follow the wishes and desires of the PLUG. No-one develops in a vacuum. There is always a payout somewhere, although it may not be the payout that many might expect. Those who do it for kudos will WANT to satisfy the desires of the multitude represented by the PLUG; no compulsion will be necessary. Those who do it to learn more about programming and software development will look to the PLUG for new challenges. Those who do it for the simple pleasure of seeing their work used will find a hungry user base at the PLUG.

Those who have truly been craving "organisation" for Puppy will see an opportunity in the PLUG. Those who have merely been exercising their discordant voices will lose their excuse to complain, at least about that. This is something that users can DO to be heard without pleading with the volunteer developers, who now are frequently unable to focus their efforts in the face of an incoherent cacophony of demands for change. It is a positive suggestion and I hope it will be viewed in that light. It is a suggestion that I have made before, albiet not for quite the same reasons, and it hasn't been acted upon. Like all suggestions, it will be worthless if someone - anyone - isn't prepared to DO something with it. If you have the WILL then you will find the WAY.

Good luck and farewell.

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PostPosted: Sat 28 May 2011, 17:55    Post_subject:  

Well thought and well said. Thanks WhoDo for trying to bring some order to the current situation.
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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 06:34    Post_subject:  

oligin10 wrote:
Well thought and well said. Thanks WhoDo for trying to bring some order to the current situation.

Thanks for your interest, oligin10.

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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 08:19    Post_subject:  

This seems to me to be the most practicable and detailed solution thus far (though it would still need much flesh on its bare bones).

Personally, I'm happy with the status quo, but for those who are not this thread seems like a good place to have a fresh start and a polite, objective and reasoned debate.

Some may not agree, but why not explain why without resorting to personal insults?

PS I, at least, would appreciate pithy comments and discussion with only salient extracts as opposed to full quotes so that the whole thread is more easily digestible.
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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 08:42    Post_subject:  

very good Smile
Sounds like something this:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=62363
by toowoombalinux
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PuppyTLC OS is a project by the Toowoomba Linux Community for old reconditioned computers to give to families in need or crisis. While talking to the Salvation Army I found out they have a need for this kind of service - and that they need 400+ computers for the families going through their crisis centre!


development blog:
http://toowoombalinux.wordpress.com/

Puppytlc forum:
http://z15.invisionfree.com/PuppyTLC/index.php?act=idx

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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 08:49    Post_subject:  

Just saw this now.

I think it is an excellent idea. Although I do caution you using Google as your comparison. They spend a lot of money and manpower analyzing what users want and do and need and adjust their product accordingly.

That said, I agree pretty much with your assessment of the situation, WhoDo, especially about the noise (and yes you can say it, I've made some Wink ) It is hard to weed out the useful and reasonable requests and suggestions and after a while, it's just too much work to filter out the real noise. I get it. It doesn't validate the problem, but I do get it.

My concern is this: would the "devs" be willing to listen? Would they even care what PLUG had to say? Would anything change in the long run?
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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 09:32    Post_subject:  

Puppy Linux and also derivatives changes all the time. Developers have eyes and fingers to follow all the time. And there are always those who whines all the time. To have ideal solution which creates ideal harmony is impossible.

I have noticed during my 30 years of working and helping people that whining is unstobbable behavior of some people. If there is about 3-5 whining people in the forum, that is something you cant change with whatever you do. And it is also normal situation. But those whining people have big mouth, loud voice and they sometimes posts to the threads they have nothing anything else to say but whine and not even about the things which are on the table in that thread. They just follow persons who posts and make irrerelevant arguments because that other person posted to that thread.

I am afraid whining is the most meaningfull engine to some people so that they feel they live. Seeing positive side of the things and seeing negative sides of thing has profound roots in persons personality.

I wont even try to change that. I think it is quite impossible without person noticing there is something which needs change in his behavior.

Also whining has positive sides. People stop to think if there really is something behind that whining. Usually there is, but the importance of that sake is usually smaller than the whining person thinks. And after reading repetive posts you get tired and you close eyes of that person whining and so you also lose the important message buried in those repetitive post and hundred words.

Making Puppy Linux Community better place is not my business. I have fun, I see the positive side of building Puppies, I use Puppy as my main OS and I likek posting with people. I try to not use much my time and energy reading whining posts all time. That takes the fun out of my time with Puppy.
This is hobby, resting place from your work, and place to share ideas and get feedback, reports and learn new thing all the time.
And this is my last post in this thread.

I support PLUG as one new way to coordinate Puppy development. But probably I will use my time mostly following Puppy development threads like I have done so far and spending time in #pupppylinux irc also. In fact many great ideas have been exchanged there.

This kind of positive feedback is the salt of spending time in puppyland and that kind of communication keeps me here. The creative, positive attitude and enjoying of what you have and what you get.

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Lovely, that's all I needed to know, I have xbindkeys, but havent touched the config... Will have a look at what you gave me.. and thx for the extra info and of course the PETs.. Very much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 10:12    Post_subject:  

WhoDo very good.

I don't think PLUG should be here on Murga either. it is too much noise already.

What about the established puppy community on LinuxQuestions. Would they mind if the forum's Puppy part was also used for talking PLUG things on it?

Does one have to ask them first or could we just decide that we try to set it up there.

if it is sensitive one could use their PM to be used and then their threads would not get filled with PLUG things until everything has iron out into something that majority approve of?

hm one voice can be optimistic but could one not have voting and presenting the three things with most support and let that be the first "voice"

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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 13:45    Post_subject:  

nooby wrote:
if it is sensitive one could use their PM to be used and then their threads would not get filled with PLUG things until everything has iron out into something that majority approve of?


You mean like managing from a vacuum? Consider Developing the Developer.

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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 13:59    Post_subject:  

AlienJeff, I am a very naive person and I know almost nothing but I sure love computers and was among the first to buy such in Sweden Z80 Sinclair and all the others. But I am not only computer challenged I am a fuzzy thinker so sadly I can not be of much help in developing a Developer but from the years me have been active on Puppy forum I know one thing.

Nooby know one thing.

The way to get something done is to make the Dev happy and to not make demands. Friendly support and a cheer and a smile and all just works.

Criticism kills the fun in coding so that should be avoided.

That is what I want to contribute with. So bit it! Smile

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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 17:05    Post_subject:  

I find it exceedingly obnoxious that any attempt to fix something or improve something, or even bring it to attention is labeled as whining.

I find it mind boggling that ignoring all flaws and problems and only presenting happy-happy-joy-joy and glowing praise no matter what issues are under the surface is what some people think is good for the distro and the devs.

I love my daughter but I am not going to turn a blind eye if she does something harmful to herself or others, or makes a mistake, or wants to stay up all night on a school night because it is fun. That is not in her best interests, and I will point that out and attempt to correct it.

I suspect that WhoDo's idea here would get plenty of support and volunteers IF (and only if) Barry and the devs agree to listen and work with the group. I would volunteer.

What's needed:
1. Organized documentation system
2. A stable base puppy version, regularly updated for bugs and upgrades needed to keep up with linux at large. (By this I mean an official version that does not rely on other distros for packages.)
3. A cutting edge division where everyone can work on their own derivatives and move puppy forward with everyone else.
4. A retro division to make sure puppy works for the people it was originally intended to work for: the old and less-than-optimal pc's and laptops that need special distros.
5. A Help-Desk division that includes these forums and the IRC channel. Yes, the IRC channel. Ours needs an overhaul, but yes. The IRC channel.
6. Liason division between Barry-devs and the users, that Barry and the devs actually would listen to and take seriously and CARE.

What could I help with:
Anything that doesn't involve coding. That I guess would be determined if anything concrete actually took form.
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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 17:32    Post_subject:  

I'm biased, as WhoDo is one of my heroes.
What he's proposing here is full of wisdom. It is the most tolerant and humane proposal amidst the turmoil of fighting egos.

But i am not sure starting yet another Puppy site would be that beneficial. I happily visit these forums on an almost daily basis and my (too?) simple conclusion is that there are just a handful of whiners, spoiling the atmosphere for many of us Puppies. Some members of this forum have a "talent" at writing destructive things eloquently...

There are just a few guys posting with what seems the deliberate intent to lower the temperature towards freezing. Despite the fact a few of them are gifted writers, the end result of their efforts in these forums is always the same: doubt, subtle hatred and confusion.

I think WhoDo opened a fundamental discussion here: how can Puppy keep evolving in its friendly, natural, inspiring and unpretentious ways, allowing ever more 'puppyness' into its development, while at the same time dealing with 'egotic' individuals, that seem to arrive here with an agenda full of demands, insults and hubris.

I don't see the answer right now, but appreciate his effort.
Hope the "Farewell" is not to be taken too literally Wink

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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 19:23    Post_subject:  

Very Happy Hello,
Cant help but notice that repeated requests to SPECIFICALLY state the problems, have gotten only the run around, no answer...
Pot...meet kettle...

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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 23:05    Post_subject:  

I have not read every thread here yet. I am still working on it but from what I have seen so far you have a very nice forum and community. Every question I have asked so far has been answered with enthusiasm and courtesy. The only thing I could suggest is that several times people have chosen to send me help via PM. This is generally discouraged elsewhere as anybody later searching the forum for the same answer will not be able to find it.

I would also suggest dumping the IRC though. It seems to be causing more headaches than it is worth and several other forums I have been associated with had shoutboxes. They all degenerated into a festering cesspool and we had to get rid of them. Mostly we use Skype chat rooms now. In by invitation and very quickly out if you make it necessary.
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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 23:50    Post_subject:  

Very Happy Hello,
BTW, I once again see the title as an oxymoron...

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