Draft resolution formalising Debian's Associated Project status

MJ Ray mjr at phonecoop.coop
Tue Mar 13 17:24:24 UTC 2007

"Joshua D. Drake" <jd at commandprompt.com> wrote:
> The only thing I care about is that SPI only accept a defined number of
> roles, preferably two or less that are allowed to communicate those
> decisions.

Why?  SPI is not proposing to do that for OpenOffice.org.  Only the
vague term "liaison" is specified, and it is proposed that SPI
recognises an OpenOffice.org council process at an external URL.

Really, is resolving that:

  The OpenOffice.org liason to SPI will be elected by the
  OpenOffice.org community council according to the process documented
  at http://council.openoffice.org/advisor-process.html. The initial
  liason will be Louis Suarez-Potts.

significantly different from

  The Debian Constitution (http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution),
  and the persons holding the roles it defines and acting according to
  that Constitution, are recognised by SPI as ultimately authoritative
  regarding decisions of the Debian Project. [...] The Board will
  recognise decisions, statements and delegations made by the Debian
  Project Leader, currently Anthony Towns, as made on behalf of

except using a few fewer words?  The rest of the proposed debian
declaration is simply factual or request, after all.

> If Debian finds that their roles are cutting the bill, Debian needs to
> deal with it, not SPI. Debian could deal with it, simply by holding a
> vote, removing the person and having another vote to place a different
> person in the role.

I think that would be changing the person, not changing the role.

If SPI is awkward enough to name particular roles in debian and not
recognise the debian project process, then changing the roles will
require SPI to pass another resolution.  SPI is considering
recognising OpenOffice.org's process - why is it a problem to
recognise debian's process?

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