Linux Foundation allows community board members no longer choose

Jan

22

2016

The Linux Foundation has adapted its bylaws to choose individual members of the non-profit joint no longer have the option of two members of the sixteen-member board. This allows individual members are no longer eligible for state here.

The amendment to the Constitution relates to the part stating that individual board members can choose either Article 5 d. The article said that as long as the class of the individual affiliates’, or individual members, exists, the class has the right to elect two board members. The whole sentence is deleted from Article 5 d and the reference for whom the classes are permitted to vote is removed from article 3.3 a.

The changes were in force shortly after Karen Sandler, executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy and former director of the GNOME Foundation, in September 2015 wanting to be announced member of the board of the Linux Foundation. She had recently joined the organization as individual member to introduce himself then as a candidate for the board of the Linux Foundation. Supposedly was shortly after the individual member membership was renamed to ‘individual supporter’ and the opportunity to be nominated for and to participate in board elections removed from the statutes. A few days ago, surprised Sandler on its blog yet the fact that the link to the page where the Individual Affiliate Board Election Process was explained, no longer worked. At that time, they seem not yet aware of the amendment that appears to thwart her. Right now refers the same link to a page that explains what an Individual Supporter all can and can not.

Linux Foundation statutes and deleted pages about electoral process individual members
Linux Foundation statutes and deleted pages about electoral process individual members
Linux Foundation statutes and deleted pages about electoral process individual members

Old and new statutes, refer to 5d and deletions how as an individual member to be eligible

The discrepancy in the Articles of Association was publicized created by Matthew Garrett on his blog. Garrett is also a member of the Free Software Foundation. He writes that the Linux Foundation never has been a very big fan of the copyleft license GPL which Sandler or organization stands for. Sandler Software Freedom Conservancy has for example a case against VMware, one of the Silver members of the Linux Foundation, to convince the business properly with the GPL terms to go.

Garrett calls therefore on his blog whether the timing of the amendment is not very accidental. He also wonders whether ignoring the representation of members, so now ‘individual supporters, “the Linux Foundation might be put in a bad light.

The board of the Linux Foundation is elected by the members. Ten of the board members are elected by Platinum members. Three members by Gold and Silver by members. Until recently, individual members could therefore elect two board members, something that no longer seems able to. Platinum members pay $ 500 000 per year for a membership, Gold and Silver 100 000 between 5000 and 20,000 dollars.

The Linux Foundation and the developers of the Linux kernel, including Linus Torvalds, are independent of each other. The Linux Foundation supports the work of the kernel developers did. The organization works include strong for the protection of the infrastructure around Linux and helps companies to develop open source strategies.

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