TAB Meeting, March 2

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1.Status of Tech Writer Fellowship (really just did Bill Von Hagen

2.Status of the OSDL NDA program. It looks like Adaptec is
suddenly interested again, plus Greg seems to have a few other
interested parties

3.Expanding the TAB to include non kernel community people

4.Any items to raise at the Linux Foundation Board meeting on 8

5.What legal counsel can LF provide to an individual community member


Randy, Tom, John, James, Greg, Ted, Chris, Dan Kohn, Matt


Fellowship Fund

Discussed options regarding how we might disperse the Fellowship Funds
for the tech writer position.

Dan: Does the TAB feel there is value to having LF hire a kernel
programmer/hacker to work on kgdb? Greg has information from Andi Kleen
that proposes a set of work. Consensus was “yes,” give it a try.


Adaptec - the NDA is out for review with outside counsel and is expected to
come back by today (March 2). Tom will send a note to the mailing list when
negotiation with Adaptec moves forward. Diane Peters also indicated that
extending the program to include CPUs is fine. Greg will let LF know if he
needs any help.

Expanding Representation on the TAB

It was proposed that the number of seats been expanded and then have certain
numbers allocated to specific projects. Is the Kernel Summit the right venue
for elections of the entire TAB?

Matt: Raised a concern that TAB representatives should not be targeted as
representing specifics projects. This brings in a new level of politics.
Better to have expertise represented but everyone should be focused on the
greater good of open source.

Chris: We need better definition of needs and requirements.

Matt: We need to look at ways we can help projects that cross barriers,
like dbus.

Dan: People view Linux as really the Linux platform that extends beyond the

James: Even the ones we've identified so far do not cover the entire kernel.

Ted: Maybe representation should be relevant to what The Linux Foundation is
focused on. Think about what we are asking the Developer Advisory Council to

Dan: We can debate the relative proportions but we should look at other
conferences to be nominating pools.

Chris: Maybe we should look at existing foundations that the TAB can interact
with to get the right people together at the right time to discuss what issues
transcend the stack.

James: KDE and GNOME may not be good candidates because they already have
their own foundations. We should look for projects that don't have the
resources they need to solve their problems.

Ted: Do we need to put this on hold for six months and let the LF do something
and see where it needs help. We will be more helpful if we know what problems
we need to solve.

Dan: Agreed with Ted.

James: Consensus is to monitor the situation to see what the best course of
action is.

Legal Counsel

Greg: Can LF represent individual community members? Can this question be
reviewed by the board?

Dan: Requested that Greg send email to James and Dan describing his specific
problem. The board usually needs a specific example to make decisions. Greg
will write a summary and send it to the list.

James: Will make sure the issue is raised at the board.