TAB Meeting, May 2, 2008

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  • LF Fellowship Doc Writer Status.
  • PCI/USB SIG membership.
  • Legal summit update.
  • OSAPA update.
  • Discussion on kernel bugtracking


  • James Bottomley
  • Arjan van de Ven
  • Jim Zemlin
  • Jonathan Corbet
  • Greg Kroah-Hartman
  • Ted Ts'o
  • Chris Wright


Status Doc-fellowship

Michael Kerrist will start in one week.

Legal Summit

There wasn't a huge amount of novel stuff with the legal summit.
There was a lot of convincing corporate summit for the people who
aren't in the LF inner circle why binary modules are a bad idea.
They were taking EMC's tack which is why isn't a problem.

We should have a statement saying that binary modules are evil;
not a legal statement, but a social statement. Greg K-H will
draft distro and kernel maintainer on modules.


We only need read-only access. Both James and Greg isn't interested
in a two-tiered access where only some kernel developers have
individual access. Ted will talk to Dan about shifting strategies.
Two-tiered access is a non-starter; we would much rather settle for
read-only access.

Greg has similar issues with the USB SIG.

We should try to shoot for read-only access to published specs,
followed by read-only to evolving specs, and the ability to inject
suggestions into the spec should be our lowest priority. (And given
the Rambus court decision, the last may be largely impossible.)

Discussion on kernel bugtracking

After a heated discussion on LKML, how to make this into
productive discussion. There is a lot of good stuff that is
happening, but it isn't being acknowledged.

TAB will have call with Andrew next week.

OSAPA update

IBM is trying to set up a trial run
of maybe 2 weeks with USPTO, using new search terms, focused in
just a few of the classifications/areas, preferably ones in which
we have open source experience/background. One backup area of
interest is databases (open source), but we/they need to find
the right people to help with that (like MySQL or Postgres help).