Meeting Report for 6/3/2009

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Everyone made it this time and so the meeting was attended by: Jecel Mattos de Assumpção Jr, Ken Causey, Bert Freudenberg, Craig Latta,  Andreas Raab, Randal Schwartz, and Igor Stasenko.

We started out finalizing the mission statement which has finally been published allowing us to move on to other topics.  Please read and comment.

We have received replies to the team survey we sent out some weeks back and we discussed this somewhat but haven’t had the time to properly digest the data or come to any conclusions yet.  In time the teams page will receive a significant update hopefully clarifying how teams are formed and work.

We discussed the Release team and have asked them for an update on progress.  The team leader, Matthew Fulmer, recently moved to a new state, started up at a new university, and started a new job; so I think we can all understand that he has been too busy to make much progress recently.  Matthew is going to be setting aside time soon to work with the Software Freedom Conservancy to work out what further work is needed to produce an MIT/Apache licensed 4.0 release that is acceptable to the SFC as a requirement for our membership.

I think everyone can agree that the community Swiki has aged poorly and can be very confusing, particularly to newcomers to our community looking for clear information.  We are discussing a plan to replace the Swiki with a new system.  Some of the requirements for such a system would be a clear link between the current Swiki and the new system at least during the development of the new system and not losing the Google links to the existing Swiki pages.  We need the community’s assistance with this and welcome suggestions.  Do you have a plan for updating or replacing the Swiki with a better documentation system while not losing it’s existing strengths?  Please let us know.

On a similar note one of our long range goals is to encourage the incorporation of ideas and code from our related communities such as Pharo, Etoys, and Croquet and of course many others.  Also we want to examine the reasons that forks occur and consider what can be done to make it less necessary for developers to do so.  We need your thoughts and ideas.  Please give us your comments on this subject.

Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009.

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