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Zope Foundation Minutes of a Meeting of the Board of Directors - December 15 2009

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 15:00 UTC
Location: IRC meeting, irc://irc.freenode.net/#zope-foundation
Directors Present:
- Faassen, Martijn
- Jung, Andreas
- Richter, Stephan
- Seaver, Tres
- Theune, Christian
- Vagelpohl, Jens

- Call to Order
- Treasurer's report
    - Non-profit status update
- Membership Committee
    - New members since last meeting
- Repo committee
    - New committers since last meeting
    - Changing the copyright attribution in the repo to the
    - Announcing the copyright attribution change completion
      to the zope-dev mailing list
- Website
    - website progress
- Foundation message
    - Message formulation
    - Zope Summit?
- New business
- Next meeting

Call to Order
The chairman calls the meeting to order at 15:03 UTC.

Treasurer's report
The treasurer is not present and no report was presented. The
chairman notes that he has started work on the IRS questionnaire
regarding non-profit status.

Membership Committee
No new members have joined since the last meeting.

Repo committee
Andreas Jung reports that one new contributor has signed up
since the last meeting, Carlos de la Guardia.

The copyright assignment changeover script is currently being
finalized, hopefully to be released shortly. Christian Theune
promises to notify developers via the zope-dev mailing list
when the script is ready to be run on the repository.

According to Andreas Jung there was some progress on the German
www.zope.de-redesign, which will be shared with zope.org. The
board reiterates that any design accepted for zope.org must be
available for reuse by other Zope user groups, ideally by
having a single agreement between the designer and the Zope
Foundation to put the design into the software repository
under the Zope Public License. Andreas Jung will discuss the
licensing issues with the design company, banality.

Foundation message
The chairman has not yet emailed his thoughts for a foundation
message to the board mailing list for consideration.

Stephan Richter starts a discussion about the future of Zope 3
and providing an upgrade path from Zope 3 to the Zope Toolkit
(ZTK). He is receiving requests from Zope 3 users concerned
about the future of their Zope 3-based projects. From his
viewpoint the "ZTK is the new and refocused Zope 3" message is
not sufficient because Zope 3 had a much larger set of packages.
One strategy emerging from the discussion is to leverage the
zc.buildout "extends" mechanism to present an upgrade starting
point by making their buildout configuration extend the ZTK
package version definition, and go from there. Stephan Richter
will propose a coherent message for Zope 3 to flesh out with
the help of the Zope Toolkit steering group. If the proposed
strategy requires any substantial new development work Stephan
will prepare a second document explaining what needs to be done.

The idea for a Zope Summit is touched briefly with a rough
time frame in the second half of 2010. The chairman will
put his thoughts into a board list emal for discussion.

New business
The vice chairman reminds the board that plans for the next
annual meeting and board election need to be prepared. Part
of this preparation could be a membership drive since being able
to vote for the board is the most tangible membership benefit
at this point. The vice chairman volunteers to develop a set of 
potential meeting dates and preparation schedules.

The chairman asks the vice chairman to solicit suggestions and
opinions for the next meeting date. The results will be announced
on [email protected] once they are ready.

The chairman adjourns the meeting at 15:37 UTC.

These minutes were written by the secretary, Jens Vagelpohl,
according to the notes taken during the meeting.

These minutes were posted to the [email protected] mailing
list and approved by all directors on December 16, 2009.

The chairman bid the secretary keep these minutes on file.