[OSGeo-Discuss] "Hostile Takeover" -- what do we mean by this?
María Arias de Reyna
delawen at gmail.com
Mon Nov 6 00:07:17 PST 2017
So the concern is not for the current board, but for future boards that may
not be involved in free and open source software and follow different goals
I don't see that happening in the short term from OSM or similar
organizations, but the answer to your questions are on the bylaws, sections
8.3 and on, ARTICLE XI and, of course, ARTICLE I:
I would be more worried about the open washing than this.
On Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 8:59 AM, Ravi Kumar <manarajahmundry2015 at gmail.com>
> the following email of Frank explains.
> So, when a need arises, the board can put to vote the learned Charter of
> OSGeo, to seek guidance.
> As the Board is elected by the Charter, the charter in turn can advise.
> Our very learned 1st board have thought about, and Frank is one of them.
> Ravi Kumar
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com>
> Date: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 3:27 AM
> Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] "Hostile Takeover" -- what do we mean by this?
> To: Helmut Kudrnovsky <hellik at web.de>
> Cc: OSGeo Discussions <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
> The word "hostile" is a bit unfortunate. One of the goals of charter
> membership early in the organization was to provide a mechanism to
> keep us aligned on roughly our original mission and community. I
> personally had a concern that we might get swamped by some other
> community and almost accidentally taken over. For instance one might
> have imagined if all the folks interested in OSM joined OSGeo they
> might have accidentally swamped "us" and we would potentially have
> lost the goals of the organization.
> Best regards,
> On Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 11:15 AM, Helmut Kudrnovsky <hellik at web.de> wrote:
> > sorry, missed the subject
> > Gesendet: Montag, 28. August 2017 um 20:12 Uhr
> > Von: "Helmut Kudrnovsky"
> > An: discuss at lists.osgeo.org, sara at sarasafavi.com
> > Betreff: Kein Betreff
> > Sara Safavi:
> >>In the notification emails from CRO to new charter member nominees, the
> >>following is included (emphasis mine):
> >>*"(Charter Members) have the following responsibilities: (1) annually
> >>for OSGeo Board Members; (2) annually vote for new OSGeo Charter Members
> >>and (3) be aware of and protect against a hostile takeover of OSGeo."*
> >>I have had more than one nominee of mine contact me asking what exactly
> >>this means. I agree with their concerns: this is strange language to use,
> >>is not reflected in our bylaws, and frankly does not fit the image I
> >>presented when I first contacted them asking if they would accept a
> > one may translate it to: being responsible of/taking care for the wealth
> and integrity of foundation based
> > upon the principles and bylaws.
> >>It may be a language barrier or simply a misunderstanding, but can we
> >>clarify what is meant by using this kind of verbiage, and consider a
> > I tend to keep it as it is. rewording would mean involving the charter
> members as this related to them.
> > Kind regards
> > Helmut
> > OSGeo charter member
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