Board Meeting, July 2nd, 2002

Attending:

  • Branden Robinson
  • Ean Schuessler
  • Ian Jackson
  • Manoj Srivastava
  • Martin "Joey" Schulze (presiding)
  • Wichert Akkerman

Absent:

  • Drew Streib

Absent with regrets:

  • Nils Lohner

Agenda:

  1. Approving minutes of previous meetings
  2. TeXmacs support infrastructure
  3. OFTC domain ownership
  4. Bruce Perens's "Sincere Choice" platform
  5. Next meeting

Recorder: Wichert Akkerman

Advisors present:

  • Robert Levin

Invitees present:

  • David Graham (OFTC)

The Board meeting was held using Internet Relay Chat. Joey opens the meeting at 19.07 UTC.

Approving minutes of previous meetings

Minutes for the May 7th meeting were sent too late to be voted upon. Approval of these minutes has been shelved and will be done via mail or during future meetings. Minutes for the June 4 meeting have not been written yet.

Joey makes a note to prepare the minutes in a timely fashion after the corresponding meeting so that the Board can compare it with their own recording in time.

TeXmacs support infrastructure

The GNU TeXmacs team has asked SPI to provide a support structure for their project within the context of SPI. The Board proposed resolution 2002-07-02.iwj.3 for this purpose.

Vote on resolution 2002-07-02.iwj.3 to accept GNU TeXmacs as an affiliated project:

Brandenin favour
Ean in favour
Ian in favour
Joey in favour
Manoj in favour
Wichertin favour

The resolution was accepted unanimously with 6 votes in favour.

OFTC domain ownership

The Open and Free Technology Community (OFTC) project has asked SPI to hold their domain (oftc.net) in ownership in order to be able to enforce their constitution. Wichert proposed to take a more general approach and offer to hold things in ownership for them. Ian suggested that SPI adopt OFTC as an affiliated project to implement that offer. Joey asked David if that was acceptable for OFTC and he confirmed it was.

Votes for resolution 2002-07-02.iwj.5 to adopt Open and Free Technology Community as an affiliated project:

Brandenin favour
Ean in favour
Ian in favour
Joey in favour
Manoj in favour
Wichertin favour

The resolution was accepted unanimously with 6 votes in favour.

Bruce Perens's "Sincere Choice" platform

Bruce Perens started the "Sincere Choice" platform to counter the Initiative for Software Choice, which appears to be an anti-Open-Source and anti-GPL organization. Bruce asked SPI to sign onto the platform and suggested it might be a good idea for SPI to take ownership of it if possible for a 501(c)3 organization.

Ian had a problem with the statement "We support a broad range of copyright policies, from Public Domain through Open Source and Free Software to Proprietary": SPI does not support that range but is a Free Software organisation.

Branden noted that the rest of the statement of principles is not objectionable. Wichert suggested that someone talk with Bruce about possibly rewording the statement, and if Bruce agrees to resume the discussion later. Ian volunteered to take this task.

Next meeting

In accordance with Resolution 2002-05-07.wta, the next meeting of the SPI Board of Directors will be on August 6th at 19.00 UTC.