[maemo-community] Draft Bylaws for Maemo Non-Profit Entity

From: Iván Gálvez Junquera ivgalvez at gmail.com
Date: Wed Jul 11 09:37:15 EEST 2012
This is totally unrelated to Jolla, which is a private company. We are
talking about the future of the community.

2012/7/11 S. Howard <howards at gmx.co.uk>

>  This will also apply to MeeGo/JollaMobile efforts?
> Howard.
>  On 10/07/2012 17:06, robert bauer wrote:
> Hello,
> In order to continue the community at www.maemo.org in the future, it
> will be necessary to migrate much of the infrastructure and associated
> elements to a new site and to establish a separate entity for that
> purpose.  See generally http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=84933.  The
> attached bylaws are proposed for discussion.  Please note that this is
> primarily a legal document and this is not the appropriate place to discuss
> many of the issues associated with the actual migration of the community.
> The first thing you may notice is the name.  Because Maemo is trademarked
> by Nokia and we don't want to experience problems, or even delay, while the
> issue is worked out, we have decided to suggest Hildon Foundation as the
> name.  There is also a recognition that Maemo may be regarded as having
> commercially tarnished by Nokia's negligence of the software, and so it
> might be good to use a different name in any event.  Either one of the
> domain names www.maemocommunity.org and www.hildonfoundation.org have
> been registered and will be available for the community if we choose to use
> them.
> Because this is a legal document, the discussion of the mission is broadly
> stated in historical context so that the entity has much flexibility.
> Although Maemo and Hildon are mentioned, this should not be regarded as any
> implication at all that Qt, Harmattan, CSSU, Cordia, kp, or any other
> specific software related to Maemo will not be supported by the entity.
> The operations of the NPE allow it to cooperate with Nokia, Jolla, or
> other commercial entity.  However, the entity is obligated to itself
> permanently be an open source organization.
> Perhaps the section of most interest and discussion will be Membership and
> Governance.  It is suggested that we keep the present "open" nature of the
> maemo community to the extent practical.  But this is not meant to be
> predetermined and alternative structures may be proposed and adopted. It is
> also unknown whether a voting mechanism opf the current maemo
> infrastructure will continue to be available.  The composition of the
> initial Board also needs to be carefully determined and this is surrounded
> by brackets.
> The finances and budgets will be worked out once the entity is in place
> and can establish a bank account.
> The jurisdiction does not dictate the location of the servers or
> repositories, or the nationality of the Board members.  Pennsylvania is
> suggested because it has more lax requirements than Delaware and better
> suited for smaller organizations.  Europe is also available and so the
> jurisdiction is surrounded by brackets.  The main considerations are speed
> and start-up costs.
> Council discussed a prior draft of the bylaws at its July 6 meeting and
> you may refer to the logs for that discussion.  Please don't take offense
> if an issue important to you has not been mentioned in this mail - please
> raise it and discuss it as you wish.
> Rob (SD69)
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