[Mageia-discuss] Formal request to the Board/Council

Rory Albertyn rory.a at radiantnet.co.za
Wed May 30 13:00:07 CEST 2012

On 30/05/2012 12:43, Wolfgang Bornath wrote:
> A. Request to open discussion logs of the board about the Mandriva agreement
> I'm referring to the announcements wrt the collaboration with Mandriva
> SA and the usage of the Mageia distribution as base for server
> products, as announced in the blog entry:
> http://blog.mageia.org/en/2012/05/21/mageia-comes-full-circle/
> 1. I am NOT against any of the points mentioned there, so pls do not
> take this as an unfriendly act or even a lack of trust in the board or
> single members of the board. This it is definitely NOT!
> 2. I respect the need for non-disclosure by the Mandriva SA side while
> these negotiations/discussions were going on. I also respect the fact
> that the internal discussions of the board about the matter were not
> to be held in public at that time.
> Now the announcements were made in public these reasons for
> non-disclosure are not valid any more.
> **Therefore I request the logs of the internal discussions of the
> board about this matter to be opened to the public and this opening
> being announced to the public.**
> I am positively sure that 2 weeks are more than enough to decide on
> this request.
> Reasons:
> 1. Transparency is a top requirement for such a project as Mageia. The
> more this transparency is needed if the matter is of great interest to
> all members of the Mageia community. If the transparency can not be
> provided because of valid reasons (as has been the case here) it
> should be established as soon as these reasons are not valid any more.
> 2. The following questions are not answered by a mere announcement:
>   - was the decision to enter the agreement with Mandriva SA unanimous
> or were there votes against it?
>   - if there were votes against it who were the people voting in favor
> and who votest against it?
>   - what were the arguments of both sides
> These questions can only be answered by opening the internal logs
> concerning this matter.
> Again: this request only concerns the *internal* discussions in the
> Mageia board, not any discussions with external entities (namely
> Croset and/or Mandriva SA).
> ------------------------
> B. Request to put a procedure in place to reach the board / council
> In our organisation there is a well organized structure to forward a
> single user's request all the way up to the council / board - but only
> if he is a member of a team!
> How can a user who is not member of a team contact the board and/or
> the council in an official and public way? Of course there is a mail
> address to contact and you can always reach single people of the board
> / council by mail but mails to these contacts are private mails, not
> seen by the public and not official.
> The only way I found so far is the one I am using here, hoping that
> somebody of the board is reading this. Is there a need for an official
> procedure (as I think it is) or do you think this way (via
> mageia-discuss) is sufficient?
I second wobo. I'd like to know where we stand with this.


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