Why The X.Org Foundation Wants To Join The SPI

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 11 February 2015 at 11:15 AM EST. 17 Comments
X.Org members will soon be voting on whether the X.Org Foundation should dissolve its 501(c)3 state and become a project of SPI.

After a very long process, the road is near for X.Org becoming part of the SPI. The purpose of this action is for letting SPI effectively take care of all the administrative-related matters so the X.Org Board of Directors can just be left with their specialty: just working on the code, organizing GSoC/EVoC/Outreachy, and organizing the annual XDC conference.

Keith Packard and Peter Hutterer of the X.Org BoD.

The X.Org Foundation worked for years to become a 501(c)3 non-profit organization for tax reasons, but that was a challenge by itself, they temporarily lost the status, and they've had countless issues over the years in the business administration tasks, accounting-related problems, etc. The X.Org board members are all programmers rather than having any business backgrounds, but now the SPI can swoop in and begin to better manage the situation.

As the X.Org members still need to formally vote to approve joining the SPI, the X.Org board has put together this Wiki page to explain their rationale in full.
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