Board Meeting, November 26th, 2001

Attending:

  • Branden Robinson
  • Ian Jackson
  • Manoj Srivastava
  • Nils Lohner
  • Wichert Akkerman

Absent:

  • Ean Schuessler

Absent with regrets:

  • Martin `Joey' Schulze

Agenda:

  1. change in board membership
  2. take attendance
  3. approve meeting minutes for July 10, August 7, September 17, October 22 and November 13 meetings of this year
  4. modification of email voting
  5. treasurer report
  6. next meeting

Recorder: Wichert Akkerman

Advisors present:

  • Martin Michlmayr

The board meeting was held using Internet Relay Chat. Nils opens the meeting at 20:08 UTC.

1. Change in board membership

Nils reports that Scott McNeil has sent his resignation to the SPI board and notes we will need another board member at some point to get back to 8 people on the board. He suggests people come up with names so they can be discussed on the board list and the people we like can be added to the board at the next meeting.

Three people are mentioned:

  • Wichert suggests Drew Streib. Drew was one of the early SourceForge people, and is also active in projects such as the Free Standards Group, FreeDB, gpg key analysis and others.
  • Branden asks Martin if he would be interesting in becoming a board member. Martin is interested but would like more time to consider it.
  • Branden also proposes Thomas Bushnell, one of the Hurd developers.

Branden asks how we will select from multiple candidates and asks if we should use the standard resolution Procedure from Debian even though it is very heavyweight considering the size of the SPI board. No method is decided.

2. Approving minutes from previous meetings

Branden asks Nils if he has incorporated the changes he suggested for the July 17 minutes. Nils replies that he has.

Since Branden lost his changes for the August 7 minutes, and the September 17 minutes are not in order yet, voting for them is postponed until the next board meeting.

Branden asks everyone to use ISO 8601 notation for dates in order to prevent confusion. Nobody objects.

Since the minutes for August 7 and September 17 are not ready voting on them is postponed until the next board meeting.

Vote to approve the minutes of the July 17 meeting minutes as posted to the SPI board in message 20011126143839.A8817@debian.org. Votes:

Brandenin favour
Ian abstains
Manoj in favour
Nils in favour
Wichertin favour

The minutes are accepted with four votes in favour, none against and one abstention.

Vote to approve the minutes of the November 13 meeting minutes as posted to the SPI board in message 20011126214316.D17553@wiggy.net. Votes:

Brandenin favour
Ian abstains
Manoj in favour
Nils in favour
Wichertin favour

The minutes are accepted with four votes in favour, none against and one abstention.

3. modification of email voting

Wichert asked everyone if they have read Ian's email. Not everyone has. Ian offers to rewrite his proposal as a resolution which will be resolution 2001-11-26.iwj.1. Branden remarks he has no strong feelings on this topic and will vote with the majority.

Ian asks over how long a period votes should be counted. Wichert proposes a week.

Votes on resolution 2001-11-26.ijw.1:

Brandenin favour
Ian in favour
Manoj in favour
Nils in favour
Wichertin favour

The resolution is passed with 5 votes in favour and none against.

4. treasurer report

Branden asks for permission to ask Chris to go ahead and mail a letter to Darren Benham pressuring him to surrender all SPI materials he still holds. Nils asks Branden to ask Sean Perry for a last check to see if he has made any progressing in obtaining them. Wichert proposes to try and contact Sean and Darren today for a last time, and if no progress has been made yet to proceed with the letter. Nobody objects.

Branden mentions we also need to take care of the P.O.Box and asks if he can spend the 19 US dollar needed to open a P.O.Box in Indianapolis. Wichert says he would rather have a forwarding service that we can continue to use when the board changes. Branden agrees but explains that we need a registered agent to do that so can not be done until he has the SPI materials that Darren currently holds.

Branden asks Wichert how he should go about getting his signature as SPI treasurer to open an account at the First Internet Bank in Indiana to setup an account for SPI. They agree to do this by fax next week when Wichert has returned from the Linux Kongress.

5. Next meeting

The next SPI board meeting is set for January 21, 2002 at 20.00 UTC.