The X.Org Foundation is holding elections for

Election Schedule

Note: this schedule was updated 15 Mar for the extended nomination period. Original dates are listed.

  • Nomination period Start: Feb 24 00:00 UTC
  • Nomination period End: Mar 29 23:59 UTC (was: Mar 15 23:59 UTC)
  • Deadline of X.Org membership application or renewal: Mar 31 23:59 UTC (was: Mar 17 23:59 UTC)
  • Publication of Candidates & start of Candidate QA: Mar 31 (was Mar 17)
  • Election Planned Start: Apr 13 00:00 UTC (was Mar 30)
  • Election Planned End: Apr 26 23:59 UTC (was Apr 12)

The election has ended. Check here for the results.

PLEASE NOTE: The memberships of all X.Org Members have been expired, to participate in this election you MUST renew your membership by the deadline mentioned above! Please go to the Members page for your membership application or renewal.

Board Election

The terms of the following Board Members will end this year:

  • Alex Deucher,
  • Matt Dew,
  • Egbert Eich,
  • Keith Packard

There are 4 seats on the X.Org Board of Directors up for reelection.

The Elections overview page describes the voting methods and process.

The election process starts with a 2 week nomination period. If you would like to nominate yourself please send email to the election committee, giving your

  • name
  • current professional affiliation
  • a statement of contribution to X.Org or related technologies
  • a personal statement.

To vote or to be elected to the Board you needed to be a Member of the X.Org Foundation. To be a Member of the X.Org Foundation you need to apply or renew your membership until the end of the nomination period.

Changes to the By Laws of the X.Org Foundation

The X.Org Foundation plans to join SPI (Software in Public Interest). SPI has given it's formal approval and invited the X.Org Foundation to join. In order to join the Members of the X.Org Foundation need to approve this and need to approve a change to the By Laws of the X.Org Foundation.

This vote of the members on joining SPI and on changing the By Laws will take place alongside the election to the BoD.


Bryce Harrington

Current Affiliation: Samsung Research America

Statement of Contribution: Wayland/Weston, Cairo (release management, maintenance, etc.)

Personal Statement: I've been tangentially involved in for years, but most recently am serving as release coordinator and one of the maintainers for Wayland. In my spare time I helped found and manage the Inkscape project and am currently chair of the Inkscape Board, where we recently completed ratification of new bylaws with Software Freedom Conservancy, similar to the effort currently under way by with SPI. Financial self-sufficiency of open source projects is a topic I'm particularly interested in pursuing, including fundraising and funded development work. I think I might bring some useful perspective and ideas to the board.

Alex Deucher

Current Affiliation: AMD

The X Window System has interested me since I first saw screen shots of X window managers back in 1997. I got actively involved in X around 2000 and my interest and participation has grown from there. I now work for AMD supporting open source software on AMD graphics hardware. Prior to starting at AMD, I worked in telecom engineering and intellectual property risk management. My current focus has been on 2D and 3D driver support and documentation for AMD hardware. I have previously contributed to a number of other X drivers including drivers for hardware from S3 and Siliconmotion and mentored several Google and Xorg summer of code projects.

I joined the X.Org Foundation Board of Directors in 2009. During my time on the board, I spearheaded the 501(c)3 non-profit application and was the election chair for the 2010 Board election. I would like to continue my work on the board: encourage more projects like the Xorg Endless Vacation of Code and perhaps even organize an Xorg Developers Conference.

Egbert Eich

Current Affiliation: SuSE

Over 10 years ago I helped bootstrap X.Org as a Foundation as a member of the the interim Board. I was elected to the first X.Org Board of Directors where I served for 4 years to help with the transformation of the organization from an industry consortium into a true free software development community.

After I was reelected to the Board two years ago, some urgent topics turned up dating back to my first terms on the Board: Preparing the 2015 elections I discovered the X.Org server was still the same we had set up when the Foundation was created. I've been pushing for a replacement, thus the Foundation was able to prepare for the failure of the original machine - which did happen just some weeks ago. This way the data and services had been backed up and migrated to a temporary home on

Also there are still issues pending around the X.Org domain which I'm presently working on to get resolved. Should I get reelected I will make sure that X.Org is again hosted on a stable and reliable infrastructure with fully working domain services.

Furthermore, should the new By-Laws get accepted, X.Org will join SPI. I will do everything to support a smooth and quick transtition. I've also been approached by individual members asking for a more detailed information about the activities of the Board. I will gladly help to ensure that.

Keith Packard

Current Affiliation: HP

The board continues to perform an important role in the X community. Over the last couple of years, the primary activities of the board have involved organizing technical conferences and providing funding for developers to attend both those conferences and other important free software conferences around the world. I've been involved in the board since the reformation of the foundation. If elected, I will continue to support free software developers working on the X window system and related technologies.

Lucas Stach

Current Affiliation: Pengutronix

When I was involved with the graphics stack as a hobbyist, the X.Org foundation helped me getting in touch with other developers by organizing very low entry barrier events like XDC. If elected I would like to help the foundation continue its important work as the centerpoint of a developer community, consisting of both hobbyists and professionals, by furthering the effort to broaden the scope of the foundation to all technologies surrounding the X universe today.

As spare-time projects continue to play an important role in transitioning historically proprietary parts of the graphics stack into free software, I would like to explore and implement ways for the foundation to provide assistance to those projects at both an organizational level (for example by providing easily accessible infrastructure) and on a technical level (gaining access to industry consortiums like Khronos, not easily accessible to individuals).