Board/Possible Future of Fedora Governance

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Latest revision as of 12:55, 2 October 2011

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Champion Needed
A long-term champion is needed to move this forward; Preliminary agenda for such champion:
  • Document what we have now,
  • Highlight "changes" or "differences" between the status quo and this draft,
  • Shop around for approval / consensus / feedback / ...,
  • Have it approved by variety of existing / impacted bodies


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This page is a draft only
It is still under construction and content may change. Do not rely on the information on this page.

Contents

[edit] What this is

At FUDCon Tempe we (Fedora Board, FESCo, and other interested contributors) took a look at the ways that the Fedora Project is governed and how we could potentially resolve them. One of the things that came out of the meeting was a comparison between the main points in Debian's Charter; what the de facto, unwritten, Fedora Charter is; and what might be some ways to improve on this when creating a written Fedora Charter. These are the notes from that comparison.

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Disclaimer!
These are notes from the session, they aren't to the stage of being a draft of a potential charter at this point.

[edit] Project Leader

  • Appoint delegates with specific responsibilities
  • Make decisions that require "urgent action"
  • Make decisions for which no one else has responsibility, attempting to stay in line with contributor consensus
  • Propose draft General Resolutions, amendments
  • Choose lengths of vote discussion periods (within constitutional limits)
  • Lead contributor discussions
  • Add/remove organizations from the list of those trusted with the project's assets
  • Offer formal advice
  • Serve as chair of the Board
  • Appointed by Red Hat
  • Tally votes
  • Publish vote totals after voting is complete
  • Adjucate constitutional disputes
  • Has the power to override any other group

[edit] Fedora Legal Committee (FeLCo)

  • Legal spots and decides upon legal matters
  • Ultimately authoritative in legal matters
  • Has the power to override anyone else with respect to legal issues
  • Appointed by Red Hat

[edit] Board

  • Decide matters of policy
  • Duties and responsibilites may be delegated from the Board to other groups by mutual agreement
    • Any group may subdelegate responsibility
    • Cannot override decisions made by delegates within their respective jurisdictions
  • Decide on matters where contributors' jurisdictions overlap
  • Make decisions within the Board's jurisdiction when asked
  • Offer formal advice
  • Remove members of itself (according to the Board Succession Plan)
  • Makes decisions as a last resort
  • Amend the Constitution
  • The Project Leader's vote breaks ties
  • Chooses its own method of adding and removing members

[edit] FESCo

  • A committee whose power is delegated by the Board
  • Decide matters of technical policy
  • Decide on technical matters where contributors' jurisdictions overlap
  • Make decisions when asked
  • Overrule individual contributor decisions
  • Offer formal technical advice
  • Appoint or remove members of itself
  • Appoint a Committee Chair
  • Chooses its own method of adding and removing members

[edit] FAmSCo

  • Mission: Promotes and markets Fedora worldwide
  • A committee whose power is delegated by the Board
  • Decide matters of community-related policy
  • Decide on matters where multiple community groups conflict
  • Make decisions when asked
  • Overrule individual community groups' decisions
  • Offer formal community advice
  • Appoint a Committee Chair
  • Chooses its own method of adding and removing members

[edit] Individual contributors

  • Definition of individual contributor: cla_done
  • Make autonomous decisions with regards to their own work
  • Run for elected office
  • Complies with applicable codes of conduct
  • Complies with applicable rules and procedures
  • Vote in applicable elections