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Meeting Report for 1/20/2010

January 21, 2010

Perfect attendance: Jecel Mattos de Assumpção Jr, Ken Causey, Bert Freudenberg, Craig Latta, Andreas Raab, Randal Schwartz, and Igor Stasenko were all present today.

Movement is slow but progressing on the MIT relicensing issue and our intent to join the Software Freedom Conservancy.  We are making one more attempt to contact contributors who have not returned signed re-licensing agreements and we will give them a couple of weeks to respond and after that we will take the result and submit it to the SFC for approval.  If they are satisfied with it we will label it Squeak 4.0 and will be functionally equivalent to the 3.10.2 release but fully under the MIT license.  This is a major requirement for our joining the SFC and once complete we are confident that the rest of the process is reasonably straightforward and hopefully completable on the order of a few weeks.

Once Squeak 4.0 has been released focus will turn to releasing a 4.1 based on the Trunk development work.  We are vaguely aiming at releasing this in March or April if all goes smoothly.

One of the issues regarding the release of Trunk development work is how to release an image that has had many packages removed and yet make those removals easily and obviously available for reinstallation to users who are new to Squeak.  Andreas brought this issue up on the squeak-dev mailing in hopes that someone would become interested and come up with a solution.  This has not happened as of yet and is a topic we continue to discuss.  The reality however is that Andreas and the rest of the Oversight Board have only so much time and other projects that require attention and this one is not likely to get sufficient attention from us before 4.1 is released.  Ultimately we will of course do the best we can to make external package installation as easy as possible, but we welcome better solutions than exist today.  Please give this issue some thought and if you have an idea, better yet a solution, please bring it to the attention of the community on the squeak-dev mailing list.

The Oversight Board election is coming up soon.  Look for campaigner’s comments, ensure you are registered to vote, and vote.

Our next meeting is scheduled for February 3, 2010.

Preliminary Agenda for 1/20/2010

January 8, 2010

Contacting remaining contributors regarding licensing change

Improved packaging and availability

Software Freedom Conservancy Agreement

Free server hosting options

Packaging/Distribution of Contributed Packages with Release

Promotion and Visibility of Squeak

Development Progress

Squeak Swiki Improvement

Seaside support

Let us know of anything further.

Meeting Report for 1/6/2010

January 8, 2010

For technical reasons neither Jecel Mattos de Assumpção Jr nor Andreas Raab were able to attend this meeting.  Igor Stasenko was present but had audio difficulty for much of the meeting and had limited ability to participate as a result.  Otherwise Ken Causey, Bert Freudenberg, Craig Latta, Randal Schwartz, and Igor Stasenko were present.

We spent the entire meeting going over a legal document related to the Software Freedom Conservancy.

Our next meeting is scheduled for 1/20/2010 and will hopefully be more fruitful.

Preliminary Agenda for 1/6/2010

December 16, 2009

Contacting remaining contributors regarding licensing change

Improved packaging and availability

Software Freedom Conservancy Agreement

Free server hosting options

Packaging/Distribution of Contributed Packages with Release

Promotion and Visibility of Squeak

Development Progress

Squeak Swiki Improvement

Seaside support

Let us know of anything further.

Meeting Report for 12/16/2009

December 16, 2009

Unfortunately both Randal Schwartz and Andreas Raab were unable to attend today’s meeting.  Since these individuals are key to a number of topics, that rather limited the progress we could make today.  Present: Jecel Mattos de Assumpção Jr, Ken Causey, Bert Freudenberg, Craig Latta,  and Igor Stasenko.

Recently some community members expressed concern with the actions of the Squeak Oversight Board and suggested that we adopt more formal procedures, especially regarding dealing with teams, and develop a set of ‘Terms of Reference‘ (relevant Wikipedia article).  The Oversight Board discussed this somewhat and then brought the issue before the community.  Some discussion occurred and the results indicate that overall the community is satisfied with how the Oversight Board works and does not wish to add greater formality to the process.

The Software Freedom Conservancy has asked us to make one last attempt to contact anyone with a contribution remaining in our intended Squeak 4.0 MIT licensed who has not agreed to the relicense.  We are currently in the process of putting this together and then will wait a few weeks to be sure there has been sufficient time for them to respond back.

We discussed the packaging of Squeak for open-source *nix distributions like, for example, Debian.  José Luis Redrejo has made some efforts in this direction and in general we are in support of hist goals and the general goal of making Squeak more readily available to a wider audience.

Our next meeting is scheduled for January 6, 2010.

Preliminary Agenda for 12/16/2009

December 2, 2009

Software Freedom Conservancy Agreement

Free server hosting options

Packaging/Distribution of Contributed Packages with Release

Promotion and Visibility of Squeak

Development Progress

Squeak Swiki Improvement

Seaside support

Comment with any suggestions.

Meeting Report for 12/2/2009

December 2, 2009

Everyone made it this week:  Jecel Mattos de Assumpção Jr, Ken Causey, Bert Freudenberg, Craig Latta, Andreas Raab, Randal Schwartz, and Igor Stasenko.

Based on the excellence of his recent submissions to Trunk Andreas nominated Levente Uzonyi to be added to the Core Developers group.  This nomination was accepted unanimously by the Oversight Board.

Progress has been exceedingly slow regarding the relicensing of Squeak and our progress on joining the Software Freedom Conservancy.  But the process is accelerating and active discussions have begun regarding what needs to be done to finalize these projects.  Right now we are in communication with the Conservancy getting everyone up to speed on status and collecting necessary documentation.  There are possible further stumbling blocks ahead so we don’t want to make any promises yet regarding dates, but we are generally hopeful that the end is in sight.

We discussed a few other issues including the Swiki, documentation and support for Seaside in Squeak, hosting solutions, etc. but have more to do on these issues before reporting progress.

Our next meeting is scheduled for 12/16/2009.

Preliminary Agenda for 12/2/2009

November 18, 2009

Free server hosting options

Terms of Reference

Packaging/Distribution of Contributed Packages with Release

SFC/Relicensing

Promotion and Visibility of Squeak

Development Progress

Squeak Swiki Improvement

Seaside support

Comment with any suggestions.

Meeting Report for 11/18/2009

November 18, 2009

Craig Latta and Igor Stasenko were unable to attend today’s meeting but present were: Jecel Mattos de Assumpção Jr, Ken Causey, Bert Freudenberg, Andreas Raab, and Randal Schwartz.

We discussed the status of Seaside support in Squeak.  To our knowledge (based on running tests and some use) the current releases of Seaside continue to work just fine in Squeak (including Trunk) but it would be nice to make this a bit more official.  Recently there has been discussion of this on the squeak-dev list and a couple of people have volunteered to assist with this.  Randal Schwartz will be contacting those individuals to form a group to monitor Seaside development and watch for any changes that might impact how well it works on current Squeak releases.  Randal will also be contacting the Seaside core developers to assure them that we are paying attention and are interested and to ask them to update seaside.st to reflect that Seaside is supported in Squeak.

A topic that will come up for us regularly is the promotion and visibility of Squeak within the greater developer and user community.  At the moment our policy regarding conventions is that if an SOB member is already planning to attend a conference that they plan on representing Squeak in an official capacity and consider any additional material or assistance that they might like to have on hand and bring any additional suggestions to the attention of the board.  We have some badges that could be offered at conventions and we are researching having a couple of banners made up that could be used as appropriate.  Let us know of any suggestions you have.

Our next meeting is scheduled for December 2nd, 2009.

Preliminary Agenda for 11/18/2009

November 4, 2009

Free server hosting options

Terms of Reference

Packaging/Distribution of Contributed Packages with Release

SFC/Relicensing

Promotion and Visibility of Squeak

Development Progress

Squeak Swiki Improvement

Comment with any suggestions.