The X.Org Foundation is holding elections for

  • The Board of Directors
  • Adoption of changes to the Bylaws

Election Schedule

NOTE: The election is delayed to Mar 27 and ends Apr 11.

  • Nomination period Start: Jan 31 00:00 UTC
  • Nomination period End: Feb 28 23:59 UTC
  • Deadline of X.Org membership application or renewal: Mar 07 23:59 UTC
  • Publication of Candidates & start of Candidate QA: Mar 11
  • Election Planned Start: Mar 14 00:00 UTC - Delayed to Mar 21, Delayed again to Mar 27 02:00 UTC
  • Election Planned End: Mar 28 23:59 UTC - Extended to Apr 11 02:00 UTC

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:

  • Rob Clark
  • Martin Peres
  • Taylor Campbell
  • Daniel Vetter

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 X.Org Foundation Bylaws

The updated Bylaws to be voted on can be found here. The individual changes can be seen here.


Samuel Iglesias Gonsálvez

Current Affiliation: Igalia

Personal Statement:

I have been contributing to Mesa for 5 years, specifically to the Intel drivers for OpenGL and Vulkan. I was one of the organizers of XDC 2018 in A Coruña, Spain. If I am elected, I will use my experience on XDC 2018 to improve the organization of future XDC, help to spread X.Org technologies and help project as much as possible.

Arkadiusz Hiler

Current Affiliation: Intel

Personal Statement:

My main interest is in quality and automated testing throughout the graphics stack. Especially helping the areas that are lagging behind: testing the kernel and KMS plumbing.

I would like to focus on building open source testing toolbox so that anyone can mix and match bits of it to build their testing infrastructure.

There are a lot of exotic setups and edge cases that are hard to exercise locally by developers due to lack of hardware. Automating those cases by software faking it or by granting access to the testing infrastructures benefits the whole community. It also a good way of lowering the bar for new contributors and enables refactoring with confidence.

Manasi Navare

Current Affiliation: Intel

Statement of Contribution:

I am a lead contributor to Intel's Open source graphics kernel driver i915 as well as to the Linux Kernel DRM subsystem. One of my most widely used contributions is the Display Port Compliance code in i915, DRM as well as in Xserver and IGT to make the entire graphics stack Display Port compliant and reward the end users with black screen free displays. Most recently I have been involved in upstreaming Display Stream Compression feature across DRM i915 to enable high resolutions like 5K@120. I also have commit rights to several upstream projects like drm-intel, drm-misc and Intel GPU Tools.

Personal Statement:

I have been Linux Open Source contributor for last 4 years since I joined Intel's Open source technology center. I have presented several talks at Linux Graphics conferences like Embedded Linux Conference, XDC and FOSDEM on several graphics display features like Display Port compliance and Display Stream Compression. I have been already actively involved in IRC discussions with DRM and i915 maintainers to constantly provide any solution on display port questions and work on improving the kernel documentation and code quality. I have proactively started attending board meetings on IRC to better understand working of and at XDC 2018, I also volunteered in the Code of Conduct committee during the conference and I was the point of contact for this. I am also currently a mentor for the KMS project in Outreachy winter program and committed to mentor the Google summer of code program as well.

If I get elected, I would like to contribute by helping organize the foundation conferences, screening the papers and any help needed in terms of public relations, working with the sponsors or code of conduct on the day of the conference to make the events a huge success. I would also like to leverage my open source working knowledge on any technical help required for the events.

Lyude Paul

Current Affiliation: Red Hat

Personal Statement:

One of the people who helped start Panfrost! Also a contributor to nouveau, i915, amdgpu, radeon, weston, Xorg, multiple X DDXs, libinput, the wayland protocol, various other non-graphics related bits in the kernel, and probably more!

Statement of Contribution:

I originally found out about Linux through a rather unexpected place: an Ubuntu booth at an Anime convention. I was in awe of the beauty of the all-mighty Compiz workspace switching cube and ended up deciding to give it a shot on my own computer. I ended up loving Linux, and quickly found I couldn't go back to other operating systems. I also wanted to become involved, but didn't really know how to at first. After years of being a user throughout high school and the start of my college career, I ended up taking on the challenge of trying to enable TrackPoint button emulation on my ThinkPad Helix that I was running Gentoo on at the time, through xf86-input-synaptics. I ended up making my first FOSS contribution through this. Using that experience I made a GSoC proposal in 2014 for enabling Wayland support on drawing tablets and was accepted and successful in my project! That ended up getting me an internship at Red Hat, which got me involved with graphics related development and turned into my current full-time job.

Deciding to follow my heart on pursuing a career in open source was one of the best decisions I've ever made. And I hope that by being on the board of directors I can help give back to the community that helped so much to get me into the career that I'm in today.

Daniel Vetter

Current Affiliation: Intel

Personal Statement:

I've been hacking on graphics drivers for a few years now, mostly stuck on the kernel side of things. More recently I've also started to work on community issues, trying to make it easier to contribute to upstream, improve processes all around and reduces barriers to get drivers merged and new people integrated into our community.

On the board I've my main work thus far as secretary, and if elected I'll offer to do this for a bit longer. I've served on the papers committee and the CoC enforcement team for XDC last year, and I lead the sponsor drive, securing 8 company's support. I'd like to continue this work and making sure we have a great conference to meet and exchange ideas, open and accessible to everyone.

Trevor Woerner

Current Affiliation: Togan Labs

Personal Statement:

I started programming sometime in the mid-1980s on the family's Apple //e. I've been programming and working with Linux-based systems ever since I was introduced to them at university in the early 1990s. Professionally I mostly do embedded Linux systems development, but have also worked with various RTOSes, and bare-metal systems. While in university a more senior student introduced me to Xlib, and so I wrote a bunch of programs in Xlib directly, including a couple class assignments (e.g. an ATM machine). For my 4th year "thesis" I worked with one of the math professors to create a data-set visualization program in OpenGL under X (GLX/GLUT). A while back I took some pokes at the build system and have some commits there.

My currently employer encourages me to participate in open source projects, so I've volunteered to help run X.Org's GSoC and EVoC programs. For the past year I've been attending the board's IRC meetings to get a feel for the process and the people. Being a member of the board would make it easier in my work with GSoC/EVoC.