Here is a report of what the openSUSE Board discussed in October and November 2012.
Note: action items that have been completed are not mentioned here; some action items can belong to non-board members.
We intend to have such reports on a regular basis. On a personal level, I'd like to encourage teams to write short reports too, to keep everyone aware of what's going on.
Feedback on the content (as well as the form) is welcome :-)
+ openSUSE Conference 2013
One team applied to organize the Conference in 2013. After some discussion with the team, and an evaluation of other options that could be considered, it was agreed that the Conference would be organized in Greece in July 2013.
+ openSUSE Summit 2013
SUSE proposed to host an openSUSE Summit in Florida after SUSEcon, in November 2013. In concrete terms, SUSE would sponsor the venue and part of the organization, while the community would handle the content and some local organization. To make an informed decision, feedback on the idea has been requested from the community.
+ openSUSE Conference 2014
In the hope that we can have two events a year, and assuming that we would have a venue for the Summit sponsored by SUSE around November every year, the board believes it would be beneficial to have the Conference in spring. To enable this in 2014, we need to publish a call for hosting bids shortly after the openSUSE Conference 2013 announcement.
AI: all to decide about openSUSE Summit 2013 AI: all to prepare a call for bids for the openSUSE Conference 2014
A long-time idea of organizing more hackfests/sprints/etc. was pushed with a proposal from SUSE to host three hackathons before openSUSE 12.3. The board supported the proposal. One goal is to learn from this experience so that the community can organize more hackathons all year long.
Andrew agreed to monitor and help the coordination of the first hackathons for the board.
Changes to Ambassadors Program ==============================
Kostas sent a proposal about changes to the ambassador program (as proposed in his talk at the conference). On a general note, the board supports the changes. There were some comments / suggestions for changes from a non-board reviewer, that could be added to clarify a few things (such as the relation with our existing governance structure, ie the board).
AI: Kostas to review latest comments, and then start implementing the changes.
Legal entity for openSUSE =========================
An internal discussion about whether we need a legal entity or not resumed again, and what form it should take. Two of the goals would obviously be to be able to have direct access to some funds, and to receive donations. Two main approaches were being discussed:
- creation of a Foundation - joining a non-profit organization like the Software Freedom Conservancy
The two approaches are currently under evaluation (which includes discussing with the Software Freedom Conservancy). The goal is to have as much information as possible so that the board with newly-elected members can move fast next year.
AI: Vincent to discuss further with Software Freedom Conservancy AI: Henne to fetch old documents about establishing a Foundation
Organization of openSUSE Board elections ========================================
The board worked on setting up an election committee that will organize the elections. Izabel Valverde, Bryen Yunashko and Thomas Schmidt agreed to step up.
There was short discussion on having openSUSE as an organization in Ohloh, with general agreement that it should be done.
AI: Henne to create the organization in Ohloh