July 2, 2001

Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting 26 June 2001

Author: JT Smith

"Communication is really important for some of the key part of
the project and can only help the project overall. There is an
inherent responsibility of a project maintainer to ensure that
the people concerned by their work are informed of the direction."
From:  Daniel Veillard 
To:    foundation-announce@gnome.org
CC:    foundation-list@gnome.org, gnome-hackers@gnome.org
Subject: Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting 26 June 2001        
Reply-to: veillard@redhat.com
Date:  Sun, 1 Jul 2001 18:36:16 -0400

                                                                                                                           




Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting 26 June 2001
                           ===============================================


                 Presents:
                 =========

                     Havoc Pennington (chairing)
                     Daniel Veillard  (minutes)
                     Miguel de Icaza
                     Bart Decrem
                     Dan Mueth        
                     Raph Levien
                     Owen Taylor
                     Jim Gettys

                 Regrets:
                 ========

                     Federico 
                     Maciej Stachowiak 
                     John Heard (regrets)


                 Decisions:
                 ==========

                    - Communication is really important for some of the key part of
                      the project and can only help the project overall. There is an
                      inherent responsibility of a project maintainer to ensure that
                      the people concerned by their work are informed of the direction.

                 Done stuff:
                 ===========

                   ACTION: Havoc to check with Martin and Sander on the Gnome-2.0 
                 roadmap
                     => let's say it's done :-)

                   ACTION: Havoc take the action to send a mail on Gnotice about 
                 fostering
                           the GNOME-2.0 work
                     => let's say it's done :-)

                   ACTION: Federico to draft policies for @gnome.org email aliases,
                           CVS access, and FTP access.
                     => done, sent, about to discuss it

                 New Action:
                 ===========

                   ACTION: Havoc to invite Sander and Martin

                   ACTION: Dan to mail Christian about asking the managers of the
                           various projects for updates and links to important threads
                           in the mail archives.

                 Actions:
                 ========

                   ACTION: Dan to work with Membership Committee to re-open the 
                 membership list.
                     => still pending

                   ACTION: Havoc send the AB list to the board looking for completion
                           of the member liasons.
                     => still pending

                   ACTION: John try to get a Copyright assigment form and procedure for 
                 the
                           GNOME Foundation
                     => still pending waiting on the FSF

                   ACTION: Maciej to email the Board the current draft of the platform
                           license policy for review.
                     => still pending

                 Discussion:
                 ===========

                  - Sander sent us a status update on GNOME 2
                    Seems Gnome-2.0 work has started seriously now, progresses are made.
                    Post mortem analysis of last weeks flamefest, we must improve our
                    communication !

                  - putting together a proposal to hire an program manager

                  - discuss proposed RFP procedure (no decisions planned)  

                    We need more communication and know where projects are heading.
                    Getting weekly status reports from the main projects sounds
                    a good way to improve this. This could inlcude links to important
                    threads in the mailing lists.
                    We would need the equivalent of weekly seminars where a project
                    is presented, how can this be done ? Features articles on 
                    developpers.gnome.org ?
                    The communication is really crucial for those project affecting the
                    core and potentially everybody.
                    
                    The member of the board present unanimously agreed that a mechanism
                    along the line of the proposed RFP procedure is a good idea. 
                 Discussion
                    will be fostered in the foundation list.

                 Daniel

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