Board meeting, January 21st, 2009

Board members present

  • Joerg Jaspert (Ganneff) (Vice President)
  • Jimmy Kaplowitz (Hydroxide) (Secretary)
  • Luk Claes (luk_)
  • Martin Zobel-Helas (zobel)
  • David Graham (cdlu)
  • Neil McGovern (Maulkin)
  • Joshua D. Drake (linuxpoet)

Board members partially present

  • None

Board members absent with regrets

  • Bdale Garbee (bdale) (President)
  • Michael Schultheiss (schultmc) (Treasurer)

Board members absent

  • None

Board advisors present

  • None

Registered guests present

  • MJ Ray (slef)
  • Josh Berkus (jberkus)
  • Kåre Thor Olsen (Kaare)

These are the minutes for the January 21st, 2009 SPI Board meeting, held at 20:00 UTC in #spi on LOG

President's Report

There was no President's report.

Treasurer's Report

Due to a family emergency, the Treasurer was not able to prepare the December 2008 financial reports in time for this meeting, but he intended to get them done as soon as possible.

Secretary's Report

Jimmy Kaplowitz provided the following secretary's report.

  • On December 20th, 2008, Fabian Keil emailed in an acceptance on behalf of the Privoxy team of SPI's invitation to become an associated project, thus finalizing Privoxy's association with SPI. Fabian's email was PGP-signed with DSA key ID BF2EA563.

  • A meeting occurred among SPI systems administrator and VP Joerg Jaspert, SPI Secretary Jimmy Kaplowitz, and SPI contributing member and website volunteer MJ Ray, where it was decided to transition the SPI website to ikiwiki and git for easier maintenance. A git repository is being set up for this purpose, as well as to enable SPI contributing member Ian Jackson to write a bot to announce meetings and agendas.

  • Martin Zobel-Helas has generously spent time helping SPI catch up on the minutes from before my time as Secretary. Three of them are ready for approval today, or at the February meeting if board members need more time to review them.

  • The OpenWRT project has officially applied for associated project status. Certain details need to be resolved, but a resolution will hopefully be ready in time to vote on their application at the February meeting.

Additionally, Joerg Jaspert mentioned that the new Git repository for the SPI website now existed, but that not much other work on the website overhaul had occurred.

Outstanding Minutes

Jimmy Kaplowitz said that, due to illness, the December minutes were not yet ready but that they would be ready in time for the February meeting. Martin Zobel-Helas did prepare the backlogged minutes from March, April, and May 2008. It was decided to vote on the April and May 2008 minutes in one vote, and defer approving the March 2008 minutes since a few details remained to be added to those.

Vote on April and May 2008 minutes

Joerg JaspertYes
Jimmy KaplowitzYes
Joshua D. DrakeAbstain
Martin Zobel-HelasYes
Luk ClaesYes
David GrahamYes
Neil McGovernYes

Motion passed with a vote of Yes: 6, No: 0, Abstain: 1.

Additionally, Jimmy Kaplowitz agreed to fix a typo in the May minutes (removing a duplicated occurrence of the word "announced").

Items up for discussion

Resolution 2009-01-09.jdd.1 - New affiliated project: Helios Initiative

Joshua D. Drake presented a resolution to approve the Helios Initiative as a new SPI associated project. Legal advice was sought due to the focus of Helios on hardware donations, and the vote on this resolution was deferred to the February meeting pending that legal advice. It was also agreed to meet one week earlier in February to minimize the delay in approving Helios.


The meeting was adjourned until Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 20:00 UTC in #spi on

Appendix A: Current Board Membership

Last electedNameRole
July 2007Bdale GarbeePresident
July 2007Joerg JaspertVice President
July 2008Jimmy KaplowitzSecretary
July 2006Michael SchultheissTreasurer
July 2007Martin Zobel-Helas
July 2008David Graham
July 2007Luk Claes
July 2007Joshua D. Drake
July 2006Neil McGovern

Appendix B: Approved Resolutions