Minutes for September 17th, 2001

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Subject: Minutes for September 17th, 2001
Date: 2004-09-07 22:10:43
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The following minutes were adopted (as written at the time) by the Board
of Directors on September 7th, 2004:

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SPI Board Meeting Minutes from 17-09-2001
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Wichert Akkerman
Nils Lohner
Branden Robinson
Martin Schulze
Ean Schuessler

Ben Collins
Rob Levin

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* Treasurer Report
* Attendance resolution
* Membership Report
* LinuxPPC update
* OS Committee report
* SPI lawyer situation
* Date set for next meeting

Meeting called to order Mon Sep 17 13:07:24 CDT 2001

Treasurer Report (Nils, Branden, Scott, Darren)
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Nils started by citing Scott McNeil's announcement of willingness
to resign if anyone were interested in taking over the position of

Branden reconfirmed that he is still willing to perform as SPI's
Treasurer until a more suitable replacement is found, although he
expressed the difficulties of officially stepping up to the position
without essential paperwork from Darren.

Resolution 2001-08-30.mgs 'Appointment of Branden Robinson as
Treasurer' was approved 3-0 votes with one abstention.

Attendance resolution (Branden, Nils)
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The necessity for an attendance requirement resolution had been
discussed in past meetings. The resolution was discussed on the SPI
board mailing list.

Resolution 2001-09-17.br can briefly be summarized as:
An attendance staus array of:
1. Present
2. Absent, with regrets
3. Absent

* 'Absent, with regrets' counts as half an absence.
* Two consecutive absences can be grounds for removal.
* Four or more absences over the course of a year and someone can
make a motion for your removal.

Resolution 2001-09-17.br - Board Meeting Attendance Policy
was then voted on and passed with 5-0 votes.

Membership Update (Nils)
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The membership pages are online as secure pages. They should have
been activated before now, but Nils did not have time to work on the
finishing touches and check them so they're still not active but will
be soon. Membership guidelines have been posted to the board and
spi-general lists for discussion, but noone has commented so they are
probably OK as they are for now. They can be changed by the
membership committee later. Martin Michlmayr is helping with the
pages and will help with the approvals as well.

LinuxPPC update (Wichert)
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Wichert has been too busy with other things and will have more
information on the issue at the next meeting.

OS Committee report (Ean)
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Ean expressed regret at not having made any public statement,
explaining his unease with the political and wordiness of the in-draft
paper. Also felt by Ean was the unneeded duplications already stated
in the O.S. public message, and that the idea DFSG can stay unchanged
as licenses continue to evolve is probably flawed. Branden suggested
that the DFSG should probably remain totally within Debian's power to
define. Nils agreed adding that SPI should be an umbrella organization
that suggests but does not dictate. Nils went on to say keeping the
domains and pushing the DFSG should rally added support. Rob stressed
diplomacy as key to the integration of the terms, as well as the

Ean proposed a definitive process for determining what is and what
is not Free Software (aka. Opensource) be created, insuring that Free
Software and Open source always remain synonyms rather than some
insidiously different thing. Also inclusion of Developers with a
non-uploading status that concentrate on policy and other
(non-hacking) issues, but are still active and thus know what's going
on in debian and the community.

SPI lawyer situation (Ben, Chris)
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Ben summarized:
Right now we are still getting all documents inline,accumulating, and
organizing the replies and answers of Chris and the HP lawyer. Also
creating the proposal documentation for the actual implementation of
the move. However in light of the recent events and resulting
governmental scrutiny of cryptography laws, the prudence of the move
at this time is questionable. Setting the timeline for finishing the
FAQ, policy, and implementation documents of the move at aproximtly 2
months, Ben said he would be taking a very active role in following
government actions and proposed bills including driving to D.C.
personally to determine if the move is nessesary.

Date set for next meeting
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The next meeting is set for Sept. 22, 18:00 UTC.

Meeting ended Mon Sep 17 15:16:47 CDT 2001

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David Graham, SPI Secretary

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