Eclipse Foundation Board Meeting Minutes
March 22, 2010
A meeting of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Eclipse.org Foundation, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Corporation”), was held on March 22, 2010 as a regularly scheduled face to face meeting at the Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, California.
Present at the face to face meeting were the following Directors:
Also present at the invitation of the Board were the following newly elected Committer and Solution Member representatives whose term will begin at the next Board Meeting:
Elected Sustaining Representative
Present at the invitation of the Board was Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director, Janet Campbell, Secretary of Eclipse.org Foundation, Inc., and Chris Larocque, Treasurer to the Foundation.
Mike Milinkovich introduced the topic of the February 2010 Board Minutes attached as Exhibit A . Mike asked if any Board Members had any questions regarding the minutes. No questions being raised, the following resolution was passed:
RESOLVED, the Board unanimously approves the minutes of the February 17, 2010 Board Meeting.
2010 Election Results
Mike Milinkovich provided an overview of the recent Membership election results, the related material for which is attached as Exhibit B. The newly elected Board Representatives are as follows:
Committer Member Representatives
Sustaining Member Representatives
Mike thanked the departing Board Members for their service and gave them an opportunity to address the Board. Mike Talyor commented that he thought the Eclipse Foundation is doing the right things and that it should continue to focus on Member value. Hans-Joachim Brede echoed Mike Taylor’s comments and indicated that it had been a pleasure serving on the Eclipse Board of Directors. Shawn Pearce indicated that while he had no particular words of wisdom to impart, he did see the value proposition and budgetary issues, particularly given the current economic climate.
Committer and Sustaining Member Issues
Ed Merks indicated that the Committer population is pretty happy. Ed indicated that the concerns raised typically relate to delays in the IP sphere when large Projects move to Eclipse and want to use a lot of third party packages. Ed indicated that he felt that there wasn’t a great deal that the Foundation can do in those situations. Boris Bokowski agreed, indicating that he thought that the Committers are pretty happy.
Mike Milinkovich indicated that the low level of voter turnout with the Sustaining Members indicates a level of complacency and asked if there was something that could be done about that. Adam Lieber indicated that he’d like to get a list of Sustaining Members and call them and try to engage everyone in the next month or two.
Topics and Issues Report
Mike Milinkovich asked for feedback from the Board on the Topics and Issues Report that was circulated to the Board list. The general feedback from the Board was that they found the information very useful.
Jochen Krause commented that the Insurance Consortium that had been discussed in the context of Working Groups had now been created after some three years of effort. Jochen further indicated that he felt it would be a strong contender to become an Industry Working Group at Eclipse. Jochen also noted that funding is an impediment to further progress in that area at this point in time. Ronnie King echoed Jochen’s comments indicating that the creation of a Mobile Industry Working Group was also taking some time to bring together.
Mike Milinkovich asked the Board their perspective on the economy, indicating that his sense was that it was starting to come back, though slowly. Mike Taylor indicated that that perspective was in line with his own. Dennis Leung asked about the strength of Europe. Jochen Krause indicated that Germany is almost back to where it was. There was general agreement that the Topics and Issues Report was worthwhile and something that the Board would like to see once a quarter.
Mike Milinkovich provided an update on Membership, the related slides for which are attached as Exhibit D. Mike also provided a Marketing update, the related slides for which are attached as Exhibit E. Jochen Krause indicated that he really liked the Marketplace client. He did note however, that it did not come to be in the manner typical of an open source project. Ed Merks indicated that it was discussed at the Board and that the Membership had representation at the Board. Mike Milinkovich indicated that we were following the rules, just accelerating how it happens. Mike further indicated that it was possible for other projects to get through the process fairly quickly by investing time in the process, using their mentors and pulling on the EMO as needed. Jason Van Zyl indicated that he thought it was a great example of getting things done and not getting bogged down in red tape.
Mike Milinkovich indicated that the Foundation was making some progress with Eclipse Labs but that there are some delays. Mike indicated that the idea is that some projects may begin at Eclipse Labs and migrate to Eclipse over time.
Chris Larocque provided an Operations update. Chris highlighted the fact that the Eclipse Foundation managed to break even in 2009. Dennis Leung congratulated the staff, indicating that this result was a significant improvement over what the Board had been expecting.
Key Performance Indicators
Mike Milinkovich reviewed the Eclipse Foundation’s Key Performance Indicators (“KPI”s).
Policy to Consider the Limited Usage of LGPL APIs in Eclipse Projects
Following an electronic vote of the Eclipse Board of Directors, the following two resolutions were passed:
RESOLVED, that the attached “Policy to Consider the Limited Usage of LGPL APIs in Eclipse Projects“ is approved.
RESOLVED, that request of the Eclipse Project PMC to use WebKitGTK and its related dependency “libsoup”, both licensed under the LGPL, is hereby approved.
The related Policy to Consider the Limited usage of LGPL APIs in Eclipse Projects is attached hereto as Exhibit K.
Mike Milinkovich reviewed the Roadmap process and the Roadmap with the Board, attached hereto as Exhibit L and Exhibit M. Following discussion, the following resolution was passed in relation to the Roadmap:
RESOLVED, that there was unanimous consent to approve the 2010 Eclipse Roadmap.
EclipseCon 2010 Update
Don Smith provided the Eclipse Board with an update on EclipseCon 2010, the related slides for which are attached as Exhibit N. Following discussion, the following resolution was unanimously passed:
RESOLVED, the Board would like to recognize the contributions of Donald Smith and Anne Jacko on making EclipseCon 2010 what is expected to be a tremendous success.
Jeffrey Hammond of Forrester Research presented on “Application Development Trends in 2010 and Beyond”.
Development Process Changes
Wayne Beaton provided an overview of possible changes to the Eclipse Development Process, the related slides for which are attached as Exhibit O. The Committer Representatives had a number of questions and asked to have more time to consider the proposed changes. Mike indicated that the subject would be added to the next phone call with the expectation that we would be seeking approval for changes to the Development Process.
Mike Milinkovich declared the meeting adjourned at approximately 2:13 Pacific time.
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This being a true and accurate record of the proceedings of this Meeting of the Board of Directors held on March 22, 2010, is attested to and signed by me below.
/s/ Janet Campbell
Secretary of Meeting