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From: Ferris McCormick <fmccor@g.o>
Subject: RE: Section 4.1 Member Classes
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 20:04:18 +0000
On Thu, 2008-05-22 at 10:36 -0700, Chrissy Fullam wrote:
> > At first I thought two classes of members was not necessary, nor did it
> > make sense. I still feel that way in the current sense of the two classes
> > as the bylaws read now. However further thought on how we can open up our
> > membership base, and also how we might bring additional funds to Gentoo.
> > 
> > I am thinking we go with two classes of members, individual and business
> > class.
> > 
> > Where individuals are free to join the foundation. Completing some basic
> > application/form, and agreeing to things like the GSC, or etc. Some basic
> > common requirement for screening purposes, within reason. The same process
> > would apply for businesses as well. But depending on the size of the
> > organization. We would have a tiered fee structure which they are required
> > to pay before joining foundation.
> > 
> > Finally any business would appoint a representative. Which that person
> > would not qualify to be an individual foundation member. Since they would
> > essentially have access to two votes.
> > 
> > I believe this might be kinda controversial, maybe not. This really
> > doesn't do anything for businesses. 1 vote as a member on the foundation
> > doesn't really do anything. But at least gives them a voice. Plus helps
> > bring some $ to the foundation, and opens up membership base.
> > 
> > Just some thoughts, totally open for all input, and discussions on this
> > topic.
> 
> How would Gentoo benefit from having non-developers (individuals as you put
> it) and businesses (you don't mention sponsors so I presume any business,
> say Intel) be allowed to become part of the foundation and have a vote?
> 

We already have non-developers as Foundation members.  Developers who
are members of the Foundation when they leave the developer ranks remain
Foundation members.

For example, it looks like we have 12 Foundation members whose nicknames
start with 'a' and 4 of them are in the retired developer list.  I have
no idea if that is typical --- I just took 'a' because it was easiest.

> Also you mention Gentoo making money off this arrangement, can you please
> elaborate how the money comes into play? Where does it come from, how do we
> determine how much, and what do we do with it, etc?
> 
> 
> Kind regards,
> Christina Fullam
> Gentoo Developer Relations Lead | Gentoo Public Relations 
> 
> 
> 
Regards,
Ferris
-- 
Ferris McCormick (P44646, MI) <fmccor@g.o>
Developer, Gentoo Linux (Devrel, Sparc, Userrel, Trustees)
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