== Board Meeting ==
We'll hold another board meeting this Friday, March 3rd at noon Pacific
in #inkscape-devel. All members of the community are welcome to
+ Sponsorship Levels
+ Hackfests: Portland, Paris
+ Merchandise sales
+ Inkscape gitlab
Your vote is needed to ask the conservancy to produce a set of stickers
to be used for events using their existing process and contacts.
1. Give the Conservancy $100 to produce a set of four stickers based
on our 0.92 about screen winner and runner-ups.
[ ] a. Yes, allow the conservancy to help up make bulk stickers.
[ ] b. Offer a different amount of money:
______________________________________________ [ ] c. Do stickers
some other way:
[ ] d. Do not make any stickers for events
2. Distribute the stickers to key Inkscape contributors in batches, to
be used for any local events and to also be further redistributed in
cases where contributor can't go to the event.
[ ] a. Yes, distribute the stickers to atop list of contributors
for events and redistribution.
[ ] b. Send the stickers to one person who is responsible for
sending them at event times.
[ ] c. Leave them with the Conservancy and ask for them as the
(two does not apply if one is mostly d.)
Jon A. Cruz
The conservancy has a strong track record of producing stickers
specifically for themselves and a few other projects. By providing the
artwork and funding, they could produce this low-entry event item more
easily for our fans at events and provide valuable brand recognition
for Inkscape over time.
Martin Owens will coordinate designs and sending things with the SFC.
Dear Sonya Gibbons of the UOIT,
This is Martin Owens, board member for the inkscape. I can answer your
questions and I have forwarded this message for record to the inkscape
board mailing list.
The Inkscape software is a "Free Software" licensed program which gives
to you and everyone these fundamental freedoms:
1. To use the software for any reason, absolutely, without restriction
for any reason.
2. The freedom to study and modify the software to change it to do
what you want.
3. The freedom to distribute copies of the program to anyone for any
reason. Including for profit.
4. The freedom to distribute your changes of the program to anyone.
More details can be found here: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.
The Inkscape project is specifically licensed under the GPLv2 which has
some requirements. These are that you can not change the license, you
MUST share your changes back to the community, so if you make a
modified inkscape, you must provide the source code. See full details
of the license here: https://inkscape.org/en/about/license/
See more below...
> UOIT has transitioned several of our Faculties to a bring your own
> device environment (BYOD) while other Faculties will be continuing in
> our institutionally owned laptop program for 2017-18. With a mixed
> environment, we would like to make software available in labs to
> facilitate students who may not have a capable laptop or who are
> taking electives in a program where software that is not eligible for
> deployment to a student owned computer is required.
> Could you please provide feedback for the questions below? In each
> scenario, we are referring to UOIT’s existing software license.
> 1. We would like to make your software available on lab
> machines that are in locations (such as our Library) which, while not
> our intent, could potentially be accessed by students from Durham
> College. UOIT and Durham College are separate entities that are both
> located on the same site. We do not have a feasible way of
> restricting access to UOIT students only since some of the data used
> for authentication is similar between UOIT and Durham College
> students. Does UOIT’s existing license permit us to install your
> software in this type of scenario where we cannot restrict access to
> UOIT students only? Please note that the general public are not able
> to access the software.
You mention the UOIT's license, but the only license that applies to
Inkscape software is the GPLv2 as mentioned above. Can you confirm that
the license you have been given for Inkscape is the GPL and let us know
if there has been any re-licensing of the software.
> 2. Under UOIT’s existing license, do we need to restrict
> access to the software to students and faculty members in specific
> programs, Departments or Faculties?
No. Inkscape can be used by anyone. The only restrictions are the ones
that you wish to place as owners and operators of the computer labs.
> 3. Is there a requirement to prevent the general public from
> accessing your software on our lab machines? As noted above, we do
> restrict access from the general public and plan to continue
> restricting access.
No. Inkscape can be used by and distributed freely to any member of the
public. We encourage you to give copies of the software to students and
> 4. UOIT has two locations which are both located in Oshawa
> Ontario, Canada. Does UOIT’s existing software license permit
> deployment of your software to labs in both locations? Is there a
> limit to the number of sites and UOIT lab machines where the software
> can be installed?
You have permission to deploy Inkscape anywhere for any reason. See
> 5. As noted above, our students are in a mixed BYOD and
> institutionally owned laptop program. Does making your software
> available in a lab substitute our permission to install to laptops or
> can it be used to complement existing deployment?
Inkscape can be used on any computer it'll run on. It's not guaranteed
to work on all computers, but you have no restrictions on it's
I hope these answered your questions about the License for Inkscape.
Best Regards, Martin Owens
Inkscape Website Administrator and Board Member.
Your vote is needed on the planned Inkscape Hackfest in Portland, Oregon.
1. Sponsor a hackfest in Portland, Oregon for Apr 28 - May 3.
Total cost estimate for 5 to 11 people is roughly $6k to $14k.
(Refer to attached proposal document for details)
[ ] a. Yes, sponsor hackfest in Portland, Oregon as proposed.
[ ] b. Approve holding a hackfest, but recommend making the
[ ] c. Do not approve holding a hackfest in Portland
2. Reimburse using a ranked system similar to 2015. Note this is
somewhat less than was allocated for the Leeds hackfest, but
expenses are expected to be lower.
[ ] a. Use ranked reimbursement. Long term, high commit developers
are sponsored up to a higher maximum than new developers.
[ ] b. Use open ended. We'll fully cover all valid expenses
incurred by the sponsorees.
[ ] c. Other:
[ ] d. Do not reimburse for Portland hackfest expenses
3. Provide an additional $500 lodging stipend for anyone that prefers
to make their own lodging arrangements. (I.e. for reasons of age,
gender, special needs, or personal preference.)
[ ] a. Yes, permit an additional $500 lodging stipend for any who do
not wish to use the group lodging.
[ ] b. Yes, but...
[ ] c. Do not provide an additional stipend beyond the standard
4. The Inkscape Board sponsors a dinner event, to be funded from the
Inkscape general fund (instead of the hackfest fund), for Hackfest
attendees and guests.
[ ] a. Yes. Allocate $600 from Inkscape's general fund for a dinner.
[ ] b. Yes, but handle funding the dinner in a different way:
[ ] c. No, do not fund a sponsored dinner for the hackfest.
1. 2. 3. 4.
Jon A. Cruz
Past hackfests have provided excellent opportunities for Inkscape
developers to meet in person, discuss the project and coordinate work on
bug-fixing, feature planning, and other efforts. In the past we've also
sought to align the location and time of the event with conferences or
groups in the area to permit external collaborations as well. Our
experience so far seems to show that we're getting far more tangible
benefit out of the internal interactions than the external ones.
Thus, this event will focus more sharply on the hackfest itself, giving
us much greater flexibility for time and location.
In the past events, we flexibly let each attendee arrange their own
accommodation within an allowed stipend, so as to enable them to find
options that best minimize costs. However, our experience has shown this
to be unpredictable with sometimes sub-par stays and various levels of
hassles making the arrangements and securing reimbursement.
Bryce Harrington has volunteered as event coordinator for the hackfest
A majority vote of the current board members is required for the following
proposal to modify the funding levels and rewards for sponsors. See
Discussion for explanation of the changes.
1. Reduce the Bronze Level to $500.
[ ] Yes.
[ ] No. Keep Bronze Level at $1000
2. Divide Sponsors page by sponsorship level, with increased prominance
and duration for higher levels than lower.
[ ] Yes.
[ ] No. Keep the page layout to discretion of web team
3. Merge Platinum and Diamond sponsorship levels for now. Diamond can
be re-introduced later when we need it.
[ ] Yes, merge Platinum and Diamond
[ ] No. Keep these two levels as-is.
4. Add reward of placement in the website footer for Platinum sponsors.
[ ] Yes.
[ ] No. Do not include sponsors in website footer
5. Add a Recent News item for Golden level and two news items for Platinum.
[ ] Yes.
[ ] No. Provide no guarantee of any news mentions.
6. Add mention in all Release Notes for two years for Platinum level
[ ] Yes.
[ ] No. Do not include sponsorship messages in Inkscape's Release Notes.
We have received several donations of $500 in the past and would like to
better recognize them by reducing the lowest tier to this level. We've
only received a single $1000 donation so it seems to not be as popular
of a denomination.
A recent Silver sponsor requested inclusion in the website footer.
Space there is limited and likely would be high demand, so we wish to
limit it to only higher level sponsors.
Our original plan did not provide differential benefits for the
sponsorship levels. This introduces a few extra perks for the higher
This also merges Diamond and Platinum as a $20,000 level sponsor. Our
benefits between these two levels were not differentiated at all, and it
seems superfluous to have two levels given that we've not yet had a
sponsor approach us interested in funding near these levels. We can save
Diamond for later and re-introduce it (maybe at $50k??) when we better
understand what such a sponsor would be interested in.
Inkscape Funding Levels For Sponsors
Inkscape wishes to acknowledge and encourage donations from
sponsors. This proposal establishes a set of funding levels with
The following levels are established (in US$):
Platinum Pen: $20,000
Golden Brush: $5,000
Silver Quill $2,000
Bronze Stylus: $500
A. Bronze Level: Acknowledgement on "Our Sponsor Page" in the
"Special Thanks" section (which should be the lower portion of the
page). No logos or links.
B. Silver Level: Acknowledgement on "Our Sponsor Page" (mid-page)
with a logo or avatar image and one hyperlink to the sponsor's
main website or to a product supplied to the Inkscape project (one
year). We'll also offer thanks to the sponsor in our news feed
(1-2 sentences in our Recent News section).
C. Golden Level: Acknowledgement at the top of "Our Sponsors Page"
with a logo or avatar image and one or more hyperlinks to the
sponsor's website, products, or associated sites (one year). The
sponsor will be listed on Inkscape's homepage as Recent Sponsor
until the next Golden or Platinum sponsor. We will publish an
item in our Recent News feed, which will include a link to a full
news item describing the sponsor's Inkscape usage, drawing-related
products, or other prose/information provided by the Sponsor.
D. Platinum Level: Acknowledgement at the top of "Our Sponsors Page"
as per Golden Level (two years). Inclusion of sponsor name in the
Inkscape website footer (two years) with link to the sponsor's main
website. The sponsor will be listed on Inkscape's homepage as
Recent Sponsor until the next Golden or Platinum sponsor. We will
publish one news item (as described for Golden) in our Recent News
feed and a second followup news item around the one-year
anniversary of the sponsorship. Platinum level sponsors will also
receive a thank-you in Inkscape Release Notes of all releases made
for a period of two years.
Logos must be 160x80px and non-animated. SVG's are encouraged. Logos
must be non-political and non-offensive with the Inkscape board and
SFC being the final arbitrators of suitability.
4. Non-monetary Donations
Non-monetary donations are also accepted and may, with board
approval, qualify for one of the above rewards. A general rule is
that $5 worth of services is equal to a $1 cash donation.
Significant non-monetary donations not qualifying for a reward
will be recognized in a general "Thank You" section on the "Our
Sponsors" page (as is the current case).
The changes in this resolution apply for sponsors with donations
received since its adoption date. Prior sponsors will be handled
under the terms of the original sponsorship level plan.