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Board Meeting

03 January 2010

Roll Call


  • Toshio Kuratomi
  • Jared Smith
  • Joerg Simon (gobby only)
  • Jaroslav Reznik
  • David Nalley
  • Rex Dieter
  • Jon Stanley
  • Tom Callaway
  • Stephen Smoogen (late)


  • Mo Duffy


  • Assigned Secretary: Mo Duffy
  • Substitute Secretary: Rex Dieter


Updates Board business


Board Business

  • Welcome David Nalley to the Board
  • Ticket 94: Revisit concept of IRC meetings/Board transparency

Concerns have been expressed that the Board does not operate as transparently as it possibly could. This discussion is around finding means to increase that level of transparency.

    • Previously, there were twice monthly IRC meeting and phone meetings were Board business but there was a backlog so it was changed to weekly phone and bi-weekly Board "chats" with community
    • Proposal (from Spot): First meeting every month is phone meeting. Define topics to be discussed at second meeting which is an IRC meeting (half dedicated to the agenda, half dedicated to open Q and A)
      • Addition (jsmith): Mechanism to add things that come up in IRC
    • Pros and Cons of moving more Board business to IRC
    • Possibly use Fedora Talk to allow others to listen to (some?) phone calls -- and have complete logs of calls
    • Proposal(rdieter): flip flop between phone and IRC meetings
      • If we have IRC Board meetings need structure:
        • Agenda
        • Topics (via meetbot)
        • leader/moderator keeps us all on topic

Action: (spot): Will design a meeting protocol for IRC

    • Proposal(jreznik): phone calls recording
      • Action Item: jsmith to work on the Fedora Talk server
      • Action Item: jsmith to investigate dial-in numbers (DIDs or DDIs) in other parts of the world (jreznik to help with the Czech Rep.)
      • private topics? todo: figure how to make sure no private issues are made public
        • All Board members would need to know what things can't go out publically/only be talked about in exectutive session
        • Luckily, those issues are few and far between
        • Board_public_IRC_meetings
  • The Board Goals for the coming year topic
    • Next step -- let's talk with fesco/famsco about what they like so that we can narrow it down.
    • Invite the folks to a meeting
      • We'll try to have two meetings, one with fesco, one with famsco

Action: jds2001 will start talking to fesco Action: ke4qqq and JoergSimon will start talking to famsco

    • Clarify what the goals mean (in terms of work, who does it, etc)
      • Goals affirmed (hopefully) by the SCo's and plans for next steps in achieving them.

Action: Have a governance hackfest at fudcon to make some strawman proposals for how Fedora is governed

    • We need to get better with logistics and budget management outside the US
      • Budget has traditionally been managed between FAMSCo and Red Hat's community architecture team, and not by the Board
      • Certainly this is a topic that can be discussed at FUDCon as well (JoergSimon will prepare that topic for FUDCon)
  • Any other business?

Other notes

  • Next meeting: Friday, January 7th (IRC meeting / office hours)
    • jsmith to send an email to announce, devel-announce, and users to get more community input on Board goals