Corporate sponsorship ( was Re: Going passive )

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at
Wed Nov 10 01:09:42 UTC 2010

2010/11/9 "Jóhann B. Guðmundsson" <johannbg at>:
> On 11/09/2010 11:13 PM, Matt Domsch wrote:
>>> Would it be granted equal amount of seats to appoint members or more that is
>>> if it funded more and would it have the rights to appoint the veto member (
>>> FPL )?
>> If we were to have a sponsor of equivalent stature to Red Hat,
>> undoubtedly as terms of such sponsorship (or really membership if to
>> be considered equal), the layout of the Board and privileges would get
>> re-evaluated.  Given no one is stepping forward to offer several $M
>> US, I don't want to travel too far down this hypothetical scenario.
> Hum not following you're reasoning here I would think the layout of the
> board and privileges would need to exist before hand but not get
> re-evaluated afterwards for those wanting to become members equivalent
> stature to Red Hat and willing to aid in future grow of the project.

To put it simply.. at the point where a company, organization,
demigod, etc were to say it wanted to put in large amounts of
resources into Fedora then there would be the need for a legal
arrangement to be done. The funding would have to be ongoing versus
one-term, there would be assumption of liability issues, and various
other legal requirements with the probability that "Fedora" would
become some sort of new entity (corporation, non-profit) that would
fall under a legal framework of wherever that occurred. [Actually
multiple frameworks as any organization would need to be founded in
each country to deal with employment, taxes, legal rights, etc]

At which point any present board, policies, layout of groups etc would
be completely rewritten to match laws for all such 'entities'. So
looking at current layout of anything dealing with fedora and
comparing it to a possible future becomes 'flawed'. Does that better

Stephen J Smoogen.
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