Minutes from Foundation Board meeting on April 7
- From: Malcolm Tredinnick <malcolm commsecure com au>
- To: foundation-announce gnome org
- Cc: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Minutes from Foundation Board meeting on April 7
- Date: Wed, 05 May 2004 08:53:19 +1000
Somewhat delayed minutes from the last but one meeting.
Minutes For Board Meeting: 7 April 2004
Meeting started: 21:09 UTC
ACTION: Owen to invite Mozilla foundation to attend a meeting to
discuss their ideas about the future of Mozilla. Also to invite
ACTION: Tim to forward details about credit card processing
agent deal to board-list when they arrive. Want to be in a
position to make a decision next meeting.
ACTION: Luis to send minutes from March 10 meeting to
ACTION: Dave to put roadmap up on the web somewhere and notify
maintainers to get signoff on final version.
ACTION: Luis to respond to GUADLEC organisers.
ACTION: Tim to get final agreement from lawyers about agreement
with T-shirt merchant and forward to board-list after clearing
ACTION: Jeff to send proposal to board-list about possiblity of
having national organisations who can collect funds on behalf of
the GNOME foundation.
ACTION: Malcolm to write the first draft of a white-paper
describing where GNOME is being used at the moment. Draft should
go to marketing list for community input and finalisation.
ACTION: Tim to send invitations to GUADEC advisory board
meetings to advisory board members.
ACTION: Leslie to prepare a press release for the GNOME 2 book.
Items from previous minutes:
(a) Credit card merchant
- Tim and Malcolm had a meeting with the proposed
merchant on April 6. The proposed agreement seemed
reasonable and we are seeking more information. The
merchant will send contract details to Tim and the
board would like to be in a position to make a go/no
go position at the next board meeting.
(b) Selling GNOME 2 book at GUADEC
- A link has been made from the registration form (which
will go live this week) to allow people to
pre-purchase the GNOME 2 book at 10% discount when
they register for the conference.
(c) Voting procedures
- The membership committee are underway planning for a
referendum on changes to the board election
procedures. Jody has been providing liason for this
and the proposed plan for the referendum looks
- Dave did another draft of the roadmap incorporating a
recent bunch of suggested changes, both from the board
and advisory board. It is now at a point where
releasing it will be a good idea, particularly as we
are at the start of a new release cycle. Dave will
alert the various module maintainers to the new draft
and check that their ideas and plans are still
relevant before we do a more publicised release.
- We need to elect a new permanent chair, since Nat is
often unavailable during meeting times and selecting a
chair with no notice is hard on the person who has to
do the job.
- We received a proposal about a conference in South
America along the lines of GUADEC. The board supports
the idea, but cannot offer any financial support. We
will provide advice and assistance in other
appropriate ways whenever asked, though.
(c) National agents
- Jeff brought up the idea of having some national
bodies (one in each appropriate country) who could
collect money on behalf of the GNOME foundation. A
similar situation is already in place for the Debian
project. This seemed like a good idea and the board
asked for more details. Jeff will send such details to
the mailing list for consideration.
- Tim reported that everything was moving along,
although the Norwegians were on Easter break at the
time of the meeting. Discussions nearing conclusion
with an airline who might be able to offer discounts
on flights to Norway. Details will be made available
when finalised. Registration page for GUADEC will be
going live within a couple of days.
Meeting closed: 22:02 UTC
Next meeting: 7 April 2004
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