SPI Hasn't Yet Voted On X.Org As An Associated Project

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 26 December 2014 at 01:20 PM EST. Add A Comment
SPI, Software In The Public Interest, was supposed to vote earlier this month on accepting the X.Org Foundation as an associated project to its umbrella organization. That vote, however, has yet to occur.

For over one year the X.Org Foundation has been looking to become part of another organization to handle many of its administrative tasksand managerial roles rather than continuing to go at it as a standalone 501(c)3 organization. The X.Org Foundation found Software in the Public Interest (SPI) as the best fit for the possible merger.

SPI is the non-profit to "help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software." Among the projects part of SPI are Debian, Arch Linux, OpenWRT, LibreOffice, Open64, PostgreSQL, and many others. At the 11 December meeting the SPI members were going to vote on resolution 2014.12.11.bg.2 to allow X.Org to become an associated project.

If you've been wondering the outcome of this important vote, it didn't happen. At the 11 December meeting, it turns out there weren't enough SPI members present for the IRC chat to have a quorum. With failing to have a quorum, no business matters -- including the X.Org resolution -- were discussed. As a result, the resolution is tabled until the next (monthly) meeting. Five SPI board members were present while four were absent, per the meeting minutes and meeting agenda.

The next scheduled meeting is set for 8 January 2015 when hopefully we'll find out about the X.Org resolution. Assuming the vote goes in favor of it, which is should given there's no real reason why they'd reject the X.Org Foundation, the next step of the merging process would be for the X.Org members to vote on merging into SPI. This vote would likely take place at the same time as the X.Org elections for the board member seats opening in 2015.
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