Board Meeting, January 16th, 2007

Board members present

  • Bdale Garbee (bdale) (President)
  • Michael Schultheiss (schultmc) (Vice President)
  • Neil McGovern (Maulkin) (Secretary)
  • Ian Jackson (IanJackson)
  • David Graham (cdlu)
  • Jimmy Kaplowitz (Hydroxide)
  • Branden Robinson (Overfiend)
  • Martin Schulze (Joey)

Board members partially present

  • None

Board members absent with regrets

  • Josh Berkus (jberkus) (Treasurer)

Board members absent

  • None

Board advisors present

  • Robert Treat - PostgreSQL (xzilla)

Registered guests present

  • Luk Clas (luk)
  • Joshua Drake (linuxpoet)
  • Joerg Jaspert (Ganneff)
  • Kaare Thor Olsen (Kaare)
  • Thijs Kinkhorst (kink)
  • Greg Sabino Mullane (G_SabinoMullane)
  • MJ Ray (slef)
  • Mark Brown (broonie)
  • Stuart Walsh (cryogen)
  • Devrim Gunduz (devrimgunduz)
  • Joe Nahmias (jello)
  • Romain Francoise (ore)
  • Julien Cristau (jcristau)
  • David Fetter (davidfetter)
  • Ken Coar (RoUS)

These are the draft minutes for the January 16th, 2007 SPI Board meeting, held at 19:00 UTC in #spi on irc.spi-inc.org. LOG

President's Report

The only significant thing to report is that I had a lengthy and detailed
discussion with our legal counsel Gregory Pomerantz by phone, the details of
which I reported on to the rest of the board by email. Various details from
that call and the ensuing discussion will show up in various actions and
reports.

Ian Jackson and Neil McGovern thanked Bdale for his work and excellent report.

Treasurer's Report

Branden Robinson resigned as Assistant Treasurer on 2007-01-05.  I volunteered
for Assistant Treasurer on 2007-01-05.  On 2007-01-08 (date difference due to
Post Office hours) Branden became the SPI Mail Clerk (in line with Josh's
anti-malfeasance policies)

Robert Treat noted that although PostgreSQL are aware of the troubles with the financials, the PostgreSQL Fundraising Group is getting impatient.

Outstanding Minutes

Current status:

December 19th 2006 minutes have been raised for approval of the board.

Neil McGovern moved, seconded by Michael Schultheiss that Bdale Garbee and Branden Robinson should be marked absent with regrets for the December 19th 2006 meeting.

Motion to mark Bdale Garbee absent with regrets for December 19th, 2006 meeting

Bdale GarbeeAbstain
Michael Schultheiss:Yes
Neil McGovern:Yes
Ian Jackson:Yes
David Graham:Abstain
Jimmy Kaplowitz:Yes
Branden RobinsonAbstain
Martin SchulzeAbstain

Motion passes with a vote of Yes: 4, No: 0, Abstain: 4.

Motion to mark Branden Robinson absent with regrets for December 19th, 2006 meeting

Bdale GarbeeAbstain
Michael Schultheiss:Yes
Neil McGovern:Yes
Ian Jackson:Yes
David Graham:Yes
Jimmy Kaplowitz:Yes
Branden RobinsonAbstain
Martin SchulzeAbstain

Motion passes with a vote of Yes: 5, No: 0, Abstain: 3.

Motion to accept the November 21st minutes, moved by Neil McGovern, seconded by Michael Schultheiss.

Bdale GarbeeAbstain
Michael Schultheiss:Yes
Neil McGovern:Yes
Ian Jackson:Yes
David Graham:Yes
Jimmy Kaplowitz:Yes
Branden RobinsonAbstain
Martin SchulzeAbstain

Motion passes with a vote of Yes: 5, No: 0, Abstain: 3.

Items up for discussion

Resolution 2006-04-03.jfsp.1: Debian trademark in Spain

Bdale notes:

I'm greatly pleased that we are finally ready to act on this long-standing
issue, and thank our legal counsel for his advice which led to the proposed
amendment.

Motion to approve amendment 2006-04-03.jfsp.1.jrk.1: Debian trademark in Spain (revised), moved by Neil McGovern, seconded by Jimmy Kaplowitz.

Bdale GarbeeYes
Michael Schultheiss:Yes
Neil McGovern:Yes
Ian Jackson:Yes
David Graham:Yes
Jimmy Kaplowitz:Yes
Branden RobinsonYes
Martin SchulzeYes

Motion passes with a vote of Yes: 8, No: 0, Abstain: 0.

Motion to approve resolution 2006-04-03.jfsp.1.jrk.1 (as amended): Debian trademark in Spain, moved by Branden Robinson, seconded by Michael Schultheiss.

Bdale GarbeeYes
Michael Schultheiss:Yes
Neil McGovern:Yes
Ian Jackson:Yes
David Graham:Yes
Jimmy Kaplowitz:Yes
Branden RobinsonYes
Martin SchulzeYes

Motion passes with a vote of Yes: 8, No: 0, Abstain: 0.

Resolution 2007-01-19.jmb.2: Moving SPI bank accounts

Motion to accept Resolution 2007-01-19.jmb.2, moved by Neil McGovern, seconded by Michael Schultheiss.

Bdale GarbeeYes
Michael Schultheiss:Yes
Neil McGovern:Yes
Ian Jackson:Yes
David Graham:Yes
Jimmy Kaplowitz:Yes
Branden RobinsonYes
Martin SchulzeYes

Motion passes with a vote of Yes: 8, No: 0, Abstain: 0.

Resolution 2006-12-18.mjr.ijw.1: Member communications

This item was adjourned until the February board meeting.

Items from the DPL

Items 1-3 on this are resolved. Items 4 and 5 are awaiting data entry on the accounting system, and are being worked on.

Opensource.org report

Neil McGovern will prepare a summary report on the discussion by the board about resolution 2006-11-18.dbg.mjs.1: Open Source Initiative Domain, to be attached to the February minutes (if approved by the board).

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned until Friday 16th February, 2006 20:00 UTC.

Appendix A: Current Board Membership

Date electedNameRole
[2004-07-29]Bdale GarbeePresident
[2006-07-31]Michael SchultheissVice President
[2006-07-31]Neil McGovernSecretary
[2006-07-31]Josh BerkusTreasurer
[2004-07-29]Branden Robinson
[2004-02-20]Jimmy Kaplowitz
[2003-11-29]David Graham
[2003-11-29]Ian Jackson
[2003-11-29]Martin "Joey" Schulze

Appendix B: Approved Resolutions

Resolution 2006-04-03.jfsp.1.jrk.1: Debian trademark in Spain Resolution 2007-01-19.jmb.2: Moving SPI bank accounts

Appendix C: Outstanding Items from the DPL

    1) Response to concerns related to the acceptance of Sun Java into
       non-free, see:
           From: John Goerzen
           Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2006 18:28:22 -0500
           Subject: Questions about Java license and related questions
           Message-ID: <20060607232822.GA31686@katherina.lan.complete.org>

    2) Response to concerns related to interaction between Debian developers
       and citizens of embargoed countries, see:
           From: Anthony Towns
           Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2006 17:47:49 +1000
           Subject: Debian in embargoed countries
           Message-ID: <20060609074749.GB1408@azure.humbug.org.au>

    3) Response to concerns related to online harassment, see:
           From: Steve Langasek
           Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2006 17:04:51 -0700
           Subject: request for assistance with ongoing harrassment
               [debianwomenpassaway@yahoo.com: Debian women: please pass away.]
           Message-ID: <20060610000450.GN13192@mauritius.dodds.net>

    4) Precise accounting of funds held for the benefit of the Debian
       project (my imprecise estimate is $0, split between -$50,000 for
       debconf, and +$50,000 for misc debian use, which will obviously
       only be useful when the HP money makes its way in)

    5) Is there any sort of online/electronic report of donations from
       Click & Pledge that can be made available?