Re: [Inkscape-board] Update of Committee & other matters for Conservancy/Inkscape discussion (was Re: New board members)
by Tavmjong Bah
It was good to meet you last week. Thanks for following up.
I have received the copy of the FSA and I assent to serve on the
On Mon, 2012-10-29 at 13:13 -0400, Bradley M. Kuhn wrote:
> Sorry for the delayed reply to this message as well.
> Josh Andler wrote on 24 September:
> > We held elections last week for the two open spots on the board. The
> > results are in and "Johan Engelen" <jbc.engelen@...31...> &
> > "Tavmjong Bah" <tavmjong@...47...> have been elected. I'm guessing that
> > you or Tony are the ones to make it all official, so I'm initiating
> > the discussion to make it happen.
> I can confirm that Johan and Tavmjong are officially now on the Inkscape
> Committee in Conservancy's records and they have been added to the
> <inkscape@...41...> alias. I also had the pleasure of meeting
> and talking with Tavmjong at the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit
> last weekend. Based on my discussion with him, I realized there were
> probably a few things that Conservancy and Inkscape should at this point
> 0. As mentioned in a previous email, we do need an official resignation
> from Aaron that actually says he resigns. I've left him on the
> Committee for the moment until we get that, just to make sure things
> are abundantly clear. However, this creates somewhat of an odd
> situation, because the current Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement
> (attached) calls for 7 Committee members and Aaron's continued
> presence makes 8.
> 1. The existing FSA doesn't require signatures from anyone who was newly
> elected, but it would be useful if Tavmjong and Johan acknowledge via
> email their receipt of the attached copy of the FSA (with sha256sum
> of a2020dacc0db0bea45aff3239770f3fe8f9aaff0a8f7d4b575e5554c6c2590d3
> and their assent to serve on the Committee. Tavmjong and Johan,
> could you do that?
> 2. Meanwhile, now might be a good time to discuss updating the FSA.
> There are a number of reasons that I've discussed in the past with
> some of you about updating the FSA, and since there's a change in the
> Committee, this might be a good opportunity, for these reasons:
> (a) The older FSA's have a bug that Tony discovered when he came to
> work for Conservancy. Specifically, they don't have a clear
> hand-off from the original signatories of the FSA to the
> Project's Leadership Committee. Ideally, the Signatories cede
> their authority to the Committee, so we don't have to bug
> former committee members with getting signatures if they decide
> to move on from the project. The new FSA template fixes this.
> (b) As I've discussed with a number of you, including Jon, Josh and
> Tavmjong, Inkscape has received fiscal sponsorship services
> from Conservancy at no charge since 2006. Back when
> Conservancy was founded, I was an SFLC employee and SFLC was
> subsidizing my time -- effectively donating staff time to
> Conservancy. This ceased in early 2008, and I served as a
> volunteer for Conservancy on nights/weekends until 2011, when I
> became a full-time employee -- which was the only way to keep
> it going with the services it promises (the other option would
> have been to shut down Conservancy). Since then, to maintain
> legal services as part of the service plan once SFLC shrunk
> further, we hired Tony as well. We get a lot done with a staff
> of two, but obviously we need financial resources to be able to
> provide these services.
> Conservancy's Board of Directors voted about a year ago that
> all member projects should be required to give 10% of their
> earmarked revenue to support Conservancy to continue to provide
> services. This is a standard way for a fiscal sponsor to
> operate, and we were lucky before that we weren't required to
> do this, and I'd been waiting to bother Inkscape with this
> since you are one of our older members. (We haven't taken a new
> member for anything other than 10% in a few years, BTW). I
> hope a 10% arrangement as we use with other projects now will
> be acceptable to you, and I and Tony are happy to discuss
> further this issue.
> (c) Now might be a good time to update the Representation section
> of the FSA. Right now, as you see from (0) above, it requires
> explicit resignations to change the Committee, and perhaps that
> is too burdensome and problematic, particularly for people who
> have moved on from the project. Conservancy can work with you
> to redrafted the Representation section to better reflect your
> current realities of leadership. As you see in the template,
> there a few suggestions of how to draft Representation
> As mentioned, your current FSA is attached, and the newer FSA
> template is actually available publicly at:
> Please take a look and let me know if you have any
10 years, 4 months
by Josh Andler
SF.net is upgrading their site and all projects. I wanted to give a
heads up that I've initiated the transition for us and we are in their
queue. Hopefully this will not negatively impact our usage of SF, but,
it is something they're going to do to all projects that they host. I
apologize in advance that they will be notifying everyone with commit
access of code access changes, and I'm sorry if they send other emails
to everyone else. Hopefully this will all be for the good in the end,
as it's going to be mandatory.
10 years, 5 months
Fwd: Inkscape - Childrens Book
by Alexandre Prokoudine
FYI, if you've been wondering where some of the donations come from.
The book in question:
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Quaid <name@...48...>
Date: Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM
Subject: Inkscape - Childrens Book
I was just writing to let you know about a children’s book I’ve put
together with Inkscape as my predominant illustration platform.
The book is titled: ‘Ted wants to Rock!’ and is about a teddy bear who
wants to become a rock star.
It was recently released and is available from Amazon, so I would very
much like to take this time to thank you guys for an excellent piece
I will be donating to the cause depending on whether or not the book
But well worth it since it has become one of the tools I use the most
for a huge variety of reasons (it’s currently pinned my apps list,
which is the only thing besides Qt Creator I tend to use on a daily
So, once again, thank you, and have a fantastic rest of your day!
Author: Ted Wants to Rock! (ISBN-13 978-0-473-22332-8)
10 years, 5 months