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From: Roy Bamford <neddyseagoon@g.o>
Subject: Re: Re: How to improve the trustees
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:40:11 +0000
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On 2008.02.13 01:44, Steve Long wrote:


> ...  I'd rather see the Foundation
> employing a professional administrator, hiring a lawyer and an
> accountant,
> with oversight by the Trustees. Either that or hand those
> responsibilities
> over to the SFC/SPI. I don't think the Foundation membership, which
> aiui is
> developers and ex-developers, has the skills base to do those tasks
> professionally, as they require. Nor do they seem to have been that
> motivated to carry out those tasks, unsurprisingly.
> -- 
> gentoo-nfp@g.o mailing list

Very true. Before we give away any control, or hire professionals, I 
want to look at ways of expanding Foundation membership among the user 
base. Gentoo users have a much wider skill set and interests than the 
developers do. If the trustees can find a way to draw on these skills 
and interests, there may be no need for professional administration at 

At the moment, I see that this would need a register of users, a 
qualifying period and so on, much like the rules for developers.
Registered users would be able to both vote for and serve as trustees.
There are all sorts of practical problems to resolve - e.g. one user, 
one vote. Registration would of course be completely voluntary.

Such a system would also promote user involvement and bring the
perceived 'them' (the devs) and 'us' (the users) closer together.

There's lots of fat to chew there. Lobby your trustees when they have 
been elected.

Constructive comments and pointers to other organisations who have 
solved this problem welcome.

- -- 

Roy Bamford
(NeddySeagoon) a member of

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