X.Org Might Possibly Try Voting Again For The SPI Merger
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 14 April 2015 at 10:05 AM EDT. 2 Comments
X.ORG --
Last week upon conclusion of the X.Org Foundation elections it was revealed the planned X.Org + SPI merger failed. The failure to change the by-laws and become part of SPI failed not due to losing the vote, but in not securing enough votes to command the two-thirds majority of X.Org members needed to approve the change. X.Org members and the board are now pondering the next steps.

Since it was revealed that only 41 of the 69 X.Org members voted (59%; of which 35 of the 41 voted in favor of the change, so 50.7% overall) and that at least 66.6% of the members need to vote in favor of the by-laws change, there's been uncertainty about the next steps. On the members-only X.Org mailing list, there's been many members apologizing for not voting over either forgetting outright to vote, not realizing the importance of the vote and needing the two-thirds majority, or other excuses for not participating in the two-week election process.

There's been no official decision from the X.Org Board of Directors yet about next steps, but it seems there's interest from members in having another round of voting with now knowing the importance in getting out to vote. So depending upon what the X.Org BoD decides, there might be a special election this year to press again to try to become part of the SPI, which the board has been pursuing for years to abandon their own 501(c)3 organization status. Before they could vote again though, they would need the SPI board of directors to vote again to invite X.Org to become one of their sub-projects, since the original resolution/invitation lapsed.

Hopefully we'll find out in the next few weeks the steps going forward for the X.Org Foundation.
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