Thursday Apr 17, 2008

Debian and OSI Election Results

Well, it certainly is election season, both here in the US and in the Free and Open Source world.  As I mentioned a few entries ago, the new OpenSolaris Governing Board was elected at the end of last month.

Whose in at Debian?

The election results for Debian Project Leader were made public on Monday and winner was Steve McIntyre.  Steve has been a Debian developer for over 10 years and acted as the Assistant project leader in 2006 when Anthony Towns was DPL.  I met Steve at Debconf7 up in Edinburgh and he's a very good guy and looks good in a kilt ;)  Congratulations Steve!


Steve, being rammed by a flying head, is sporting the traditional Debian kilt.

OSI's Board for '08 

At the beginning of this month, after its April board meeting, the Open Source Initiative's board for 2008 was announced.  

The 2008 members are:

  • Michael Tiemann
  • Bruno de Souza (my podcast with Bruno from last year)
  • Alolita Sharma
  • Nnenna Nwakanma
  • Russell Nelson
  • Martin Michlmayr (New)
  • Harshad Gune (New)
  • Rishab Aiyer Ghosh
  • Danese Cooper
  • Ken Coar

Congratulations to all!  (For more details, check this out.)

Pau for now...

Tuesday Mar 11, 2008

The Open Solaris Governing Board 2.0 - Elections and Interviews

Last week the official starting gun went off for Open Solaris Governing Board (OGB) elections.  Voting opened yesterday and will stay open for the next two weeks, closing on Monday, March 24th.  The day after that the results will be announced and the new board will ascend to power on April 1.

A History Lesson

The precursor to the OGB was the Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board (CAB) was composed of 5 members — 2 from Sun, 2 from the OpenSolaris pilot community, and 1 from the open source community. The CAB was created to develop an OpenSolaris Charter and Governance and to drive consensus within the community.

With the approval of the OpenSolaris Charter, the CAB actually became the first OpenSolaris Governing Board (OGB) until the March 2007 elections.

Last year at this time the first elected OGB came into existence.

Fast Forward to Today

This year there are 19 individuals who have announced their candidacy:

  • John Beck
  • Michal Bielicki
  • Dennis Clarke
  • Alan Coopersmith
  • Justin Erenkrantz
  • Glynn Foster
  • Jim Grisanzio
  • Brian Gupta
  • Al Hopper
  • Stephen Lau
  • Ken Mays
  • Michelle Olson
  • Simon Phipps
  • John Plocher
  • Ben Rockwood
  • Joerg Schilling
  • John Sonnenschein
  • Rich Teer
  • Peter Tribble

 As part of the process, I have picked up the podcast mantle from Simon.  Last year Simon volunteered to conduct interviews with the candidates and, given that he himself is running this year, he has passed the baton (or mic in this case) to me.

I will be posting the interviews on this blog and they will also officially be linked to from the Candidate Matrix which also includes bios, positioning statements and affiliations where provided.

Best of luck to all!

Pau for now...

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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