I've been reading up on the Foundation proposal and i wonder what is the current status?
I see a few outstanding issues since August 2020:
1) Discussions with SUSE regarding trademarking;
2) Decision on the legal format of the Foundation;
3) Board is waiting on people to come forward to help in the transition and analysis of legal + financial challenges.
- Are these talks ongoing at the moment? (also who are having these talks?);
- Has a lawyer looked at it already?;
- Also what about paying an annual license to SUSE for the use of the openSUSE trademark while naming the Foundation "Geeko Foundation"? As why does the foundation need to be named after the distro's it's supporting? Why not keep it more general? I mean we have loads of different flavours of openSUSE with Leap, Tumblewed, Kubic, MicroOS, etc. Maybe in the future even other distro's will come our way that doe not bear the name openSUSE <xxx>..
2) Legal Format
- I see 3 options; Foundation or e.V. if going with German Law, or a different countries type of foundation (maybe a different EU country..);
- Has a Lawyer already drawn up the required documents?
3) Transition team
- have some people stepped forward?;
- is there already a working group who is having regular meetings with minutes and action-points?
Also i would like to step forward to help in the transition team on the financial side.
I'm a financial controller with a MSc in Accountancy and I've worked in international environments and with not-for-profit organisations in the past (including helping in setting up a German gGmbH).
On a last note I'd like to point out that I'm in favor of having a separate foundation for the project, where the financial and legal side of the project resides. Mainly for donations, sponsorships and the ability to make decisions in the best interest of the community without feeling that we need to listen to one particular group extra. Which does not mean that the two groups can't be mutually beneficent for each other.