Archive for July, 2010

Meeting Report for 7/21/2010

July 21, 2010

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s summer! People are on vacation and consequently Craig (on vacation in Europe) wasn’t present in our meeting and Bert joined us from his hotel room and shared a view of the beach with us.

There wasn’t too much to talk about. We discussed a bit the SFC status and noted that we need to make some progress with the reconciliation of our finances. We’re still waiting for some info from the SFC on how to best address this issue and will ping them again as a reminder. Andreas brought up the issue of providing a Squeak image with Seaside preloaded and the board agrees that we should provide such an image on

We raised a couple of other issues in the discussion, including what a useful scope for 4.2 might be, how to make progress with community supported packages, and how to continue the discussion about documentation, but no specific action items resulted from these.

As a result we finished our meeting early. But hey, it’s summer!

Squeak joins the Software Freedom Conservancy

July 1, 2010

The Squeak Oversight Board is excited to announce that Squeak is now a member of the Software Freedom Conservancy. The Software Freedom Conservancy is an organization composed of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects. As a fiscal sponsor for FOSS projects, the Conservancy provides member projects with free financial and administrative services, but does not involve itself with technological and artistic decisions.

By joining the Conservancy, Squeak obtains the benefits of a formal legal structure while keeping focused on software development. The benefits of joining the Conservancy include, most notably, the ability to collect donations and protection from personal liability for the developers of the project. Another benefit of joining the Conservancy is we can use it to hold assets, which are managed by the Conservancy on behalf of and at the direction of the Squeak Oversight Board. The Conservancy is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, so member projects can receive tax-deductible donations to the extent allowed by law.