Summary of the 6 December 2010 meeting of the X.Org Foundation Board of Directors

Full IRC meeting logs are posted at BoardOfDirectors/IrcLogs/2010/12-06.

Board Member Attendance

  • Present: Donnie Berkholz, Alan Coopersmith, Alex Deucher, Matthieu Herrb
  • Absent: Eric Anholt, Matthias Hopf, Bart Massey, Keith Packard

Reports, Discussion & Decisions

Delaware Corporate Franchise Fee

The state of Delaware will only accept payment via credit card or ECH, so Alex will pay on his card, and have Stuart & Keith reimburse him via check from X.Org.

Treasurer Status

Stuart is continuing to have troubles getting our account information from HSBC, thus cannot confirm we received Intel's contribution for XDS2010, nor provide the financial data needed for the 501(c)3 paperwork.

Election Committee

Alex again asked the election committee members to respond to his proposed election schedule e-mail.

System Administration and Git Repository Vandalism

There was general discussion of what the Board could and should do, both in the aftermath of specific recent events, and in terms of setting general policy and direction to prevent future events.

Matthieu suggested we clarify on the wiki the split of responsibility and authority between X.Org and Stuart reported we paid $3000 this year for hosting fees for the machines X.Org has placed at MIT. Alan noted that the system admins have been managing these as well for us.

Alan brought up the possibility of adopting of a code of conduct (like Ubuntu & other projects have) or a statement of respect (like Jono Bacon's recent efforts) to formalize that trying to piss off other developers is not something our developers should be doing. There were also questions about whether there should be any link between X.Org commit access and X.Org Foundation Membership. Stuart suggested an "Access Czar" who could be a single point to determine when abuse requires privileges be removed and to handle the backlog of requests for commit access. Since half the board was missing, and time ran out on the meeting, the issue was tabled for members to think about and discuss again later.