This is the proposed agenda for the Board meeting of Wednesday, September 17th, 2008, to be held at 19:00 UTC in #spi on irc.spi-inc.org.

  1. Opening
  2. Roll call
    1. Regrets received from David Graham
  3. President's report (Bdale Garbee)
  4. Treasurer's report (Michael Schultheiss)
  5. Secretary's report (Jimmy Kaplowitz)
  6. Outstanding minutes
    1. March 19th, 2008
    2. April 16th, 2008
    3. May 21th, 2008
    4. June 18th, 2008
    5. July 2nd, 2008
    6. August 20th, 2008
  7. Items up for discussion:
    1. Resolution 2008-09-17.mcs.1: Tux4Kids (Michael Schultheiss and Bill Kendrick) (text below)
    2. Statement supporting the World Day Against Software Patents (MJ Ray in absentia)
  8. Next board meeting - Wednesday, October 15th, 2008, 19:00 UTC

President's Report


Treasurer's Report

Bank Account Summary:
Checking Account Balance: $21,772.07
Savings Account Balance: $97,459.23

     project     | expenses  |  income   |   net
 Debian          | 242889.85 | 277428.79 | 34538.94
 Drupal          |      4000 |   6650.00 |  2650.00
 Freedesktop.org |           |   1900.00 |  1900.00
 Gallery         |    275.23 |   3967.93 |  3692.70
 OpenOffice.org  |           |   1062.90 |  1062.90
 OVF             |   2368.06 |   2687.14 |   319.08
 PostgreSQL      |  64983.98 |  75469.14 | 10485.16
 SPI 5%          |      0.00 |  14156.84 | 14156.84
 SPI General     |   5221.50 |  16162.65 | 10941.15

Above chart does not include the ~$30,000 in credit card donations that are in the process of being entered into the data entry system. The process of importing credit card donations into the data entry system is being documented and once that has been completed, reports can be generated ad hoc.

Secretary's report


Resolution 2008-09-17.mcs.1: Tux4Kids


 1. Tux4Kids is a significant Free Software project (an umbrella
    organization around Tux Typing [II] (TuxType); Tux, of Math Command
    (TuxMath) and Tux Paint).

 2. The Tux4Kids developers would like SPI's support and assistance,
    including receiving and holding property (e.g., donations) on behalf
    of the project, dispersing donations to project members, legal
    advice and representation, and possibly other services to be decided
    later by Tux4Kids.


 3. Tux4Kids is formally invited to become an SPI Associated Project,
    according to the SPI Framework for Associated Projects, SPI
    Resolution 1998-11-16.iwj.1-amended-2004-08-10.iwj.1, a copy of
    which can be found at

 4. Currently, Bill Kendrick and David Bruce are recognised by SPI
    as the current authoritative decisionmakers for Tux4Kids.  In the
    event of a disagreement between them, Bill Kendrick's views take
    precedence.  The decisionmakers will appoint their own successors.

 5. This invitation will lapse, if not accepted, 60 days after it is
    approved by the SPI Board.

Statement supporting the World Day Against Software Patents

(Secretary's note: this would become Resolution 2008-09-10.mjr.1 if approved, though it was not called a resolution upon submission.)


1. we aim to aid, assist, cooperate, co-sponsor and otherwise engage
in concerted action with private, educational and governmental
organizations and associations on all issues and matters concerning
the use of computers and computer software and generally; [by-laws]

2. we are opposed to the existence of software patents and support the
work of the League for Programming Freedom; [1998-11-16.iwj.2]

3. a global coalition of more than 80 software companies, associations
and developers has declared the 24th of September to be the "World Day
Against Software Patents"; [http://stopsoftwarepatents.org]


1. to support the World Day Against Software Patents in general,
including signing the petition, issuing a news release and board
members making such comments to reporters as they feel appropriate;
2. to inform its members about opportunities to take part in events
against software patents around this time.