Board meeting, October 17th, 2007

Board members present

  • Bdale Garbee (bdale) (President)
  • Joerg Jaspert (Ganneff) (Vice President)
  • Neil McGovern (Maulkin) (Secretary)
  • Josh Berkus (jberkus)
  • David Graham (cdlu)
  • Joshua D. Drake (linuxpoet)

Board members partially present

  • None

Board members absent with regrets

  • Michael Schultheiss (Treasurer)
  • Martin Zobel-Helas (zobel)

Board members absent

  • Luk Claes (luk)

Board advisors present

  • None

Registered guests present

  • None

These are the draft minutes for the October 17th, 2007 SPI Board meeting, held at 20:00 UTC in #spi on LOG

President's Report

I was reminded earlier today that we've never completed and published our
annual report.  I don't immediately recall whether that stalled waiting for
further treasurer input, or is entirely my fault.  Regardless, I'm hoping to
resolve that before our next meeting.

Treasurer's Report

We should be caught up to 10/1 on income, but I haven't had time to generate a
report yet.

Secretary's Report

OFTC has held an election.

Peter Palfrader is the new chair of OFTC and they have voted to remain an
associated project of SPI.

Other than that, no specific mail received to secretary@

SPI congratulates Peter on his election and am sure SPI will continue to enjoy working with OFTC.

Outstanding Minutes

Current status: All outstanding sets of minutes have been completed, and will be presented to the board for approval at the next meeting.

Report from Joshua D. Drake

I have been in contact with CentOS and Foresight Linux about possible SPI inclusion.

Haskell contacted me directly via CosmicRay about the same possibility.

I have it on my TODO to start the financial provider review after PostgreSQL Conference. The PostgreSQL Conference is already past expectations, so thank you to SPI from PostgreSQL for helping us with this.

And lastly, I have a meeting with Software Freedom Law Center

Membership Committee report

We will be moving forward with the membership expiry as per the charter. Members should expect mail shortly regarding this.

EU wide Debian trademark

Neil McGovern has had a chat with the DPL about the Europe wide trademark. He will be approaching an eu based solicitor to help with this.


The meeting was adjourned until Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 at 20:00 UTC in #spi on

Appendix A: Current Board Membership

Date electedNameRole
[2004-07-29]Bdale GarbeePresident
[2007-08-06]Joerg JaspertVice President
[2006-07-31]Neil McGovernSecretary
[2006-07-31]Michael SchultheissTreasurer
[2006-07-31]Josh Berkus
[2007-08-06]Martin Zobel-Helas
[2003-11-29]David Graham
[2007-08-06]Luk Claes
[2007-08-06]Joshua D. Drake

Appendix B: Approved Resolutions