[Board] OSGeo signing certificates (discussion)

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Fri Oct 16 09:32:19 PDT 2015


Any further discussion, I will hold this thread open for another two hours
before making a new motion to the board. Motion is going to be along the
lines of approving a yearly dollar figure, rather than exact details.

Questions:
- The QGIS Officer (listed as Gary Sherman
<http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Gary_Sherman>) may be in position to make a
better motion on behalf of their team?
- Is the SAC committee the correct contact point to store the certificate
(say in a password protected svn?). The certificate will need to be
available to a *very small* group of individuals who configure build box
with the ability to sign an application on behalf of OSGeo.
--
Jody Garnett

On 15 October 2015 at 09:11, Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com> wrote:

> Today's board meeting had the following agenda topic:
>
>
>>    - discuss possibility of OSGeo software signing certificates [Anita]
>>    (i.e. OSX seems to not allow installation of unsigned software by default
>>    --> user needs to change configuration --> signed software would appear
>>    more professional. On the QGIS mailing list, we were discussing that we
>>    could have a QGIS.org certificate but since QGIS depends on so many other
>>    OSGeo tools - which would also have to be signed - it might be more
>>    appropriate to have an OSGeo certificate.)
>>
>>
> Moving discussion here to the mailing list, and will make the motion
> tomorrow.
>
> As this is the OSGeo board mailing list I would like to keep the technical
> details of signing to a minimum and focus on our role in supporting the
> QGIS project.
>
> We are focused on a very clear question - can OSGeo obtaining a
> certificate for use by OSGeo projects. The cost appears to be nominal (one
> quote <https://www.digicert.com/code-signing/> is $160/yearly).
>
> I view this as an appropriate use of the OSGeo branding and well within
> our capacity as an organization.
> --
> Jody Garnett
>
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