Gentoo Archives: gentoo-project

From: "Andreas K. Huettel" <dilfridge@g.o>
To: gentoo-project@l.g.o
Cc: "Robin H. Johnson" <robbat2@g.o>
Subject: Re: [gentoo-project] Questions for Council candidates: Future of the Foundation
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:38:26
Message-Id: 15474247.tgchFWduMW@noumea
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-project] Questions for Council candidates: Future of the Foundation by "Robin H. Johnson"
1 > Q1: What are your feels on the recent history of the Foundation? (last
2 > 2-3 years)
3 > Q2: What should the Foundation do more of?
4 > Q3: What should the Foundation do less of?
6 A good effort was made to clean up the mess left behind by previous trustees.
7 Once the IRS question is definitely resolved, if we indeed have now more cash
8 inflow than outflow, we need to figure out how to use the funds effectively.
10 Funding hardware and services is one thing, but it's not the thing that Gentoo
11 is lacking most. In addition, we need to keep the social contract in mind when
12 spending the money.
14 One of my pet projects was already to get Gentoo to sponsor (up to a cap)
15 expenses for *one* conference attendance for each new developer. I.e. up to
16 XXXX EUR cost reimbursement (travel, accommodation, daily living expenses at
17 capped/set rate, similar to what is done for public servants like me) for
18 FOSDEM attendance. This might be quite helpful in getting new devs integrated
19 into the community.
21 > Q4: What should become of the Foundation?
22 > * something not the following list at all?
23 > * long-term continue to exist as-is non-501c6 state
24 > * finish 501c6 state
25 > * convert to 501c3 in some way
27 If it continues to exist, convert to a tax-exempt state. Preferably 501c3. See
28 below.
30 > * join an umbrella?
31 > ** what should the selection criterion be?
32 > * disband entirely
33 > ** where should the financial holdings go?
34 > ** where should the copyright & trademark holdings go?
35 > ** what actions will be impacted by this?
37 Preferably join an umbrella, transfer assets and disband. For the very simple
38 reason that we then avoid the situation of the "double-headed beast" that has
39 plagued us in the past.
41 I was recruited in 2010, and there was never any doubt for many years that the
42 foundation was a mostly passive observer of the distribution, without
43 interfering in the daily business.
44 In the wake of the idella4 story and the subsequent "takeover attempt", I
45 would like to make sure 100% that this never happens again and that developers
46 know which elected group steers the distribution (the council).
48 As Ulrich already states, we do not have much choice in terms of umbrella
49 selection. As for the example of SPI (where I know more details), all
50 (tangible and intangible) assets could be transferred to SPI, and similarly
51 all assets could be transferred *out* of SPI into an 501c3 again if that ever
52 becomes necessary.
54 --
55 Andreas K. Hüttel
56 dilfridge@g.o
57 Gentoo Linux developer
58 (council, qa, toolchain, base-system, perl, libreoffice)


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