1. Does the main Wikipedia/Wikimedia foundation really
want to be
located on French soil and subject to French law with all
international funds subject to judgements by French courts? I don't
think that's wise unless it can't be avoided.
That's possibly a good point, but I don't consider it a particular danger.
I live in the US, beyond the reach of French courts.
This is perhaps a good argument to attempt to locate a European
subsidiary foundation in the nation with the best laws for freedom of
speech, though. Which nation would that be?
2. Technically, isn't a caching proxy server a
better idea? That
way, those in France can avoid the transatlantic round trip time
increases but still edit the main wikipedia/Wikimedia databases. (Mav,
that's something your test didn't show, unless you were doing it from
a French proxy service)
I am personally completely unconvinced at the present time that a
server in France would be worth the trouble for anyone. The
transatlantic round trip time represents only a tiny fraction of the
time for rendering a page. Our speed problems are much better
addressed with our existing upgrade plans.
Having said that, I should also say that I have been segregating funds
donated in the Euro currency, in case we find that spending money in
Europe directly is a wise thing to do.