[Advisors] Heads up - Board announcement coming

John Mark Walker johnmark at redhat.com
Mon Jan 23 13:05:46 PST 2012

I should also mention that I would like bios and headshots from each of you. If you don't have these available, please make them ASAP. 


----- Original Message -----
> Greetings, illustrious board members. Below is a draft version of the
> advisory board description. We can dissect, cut up, crap on, rehash,
> and then vote on any changes at our first meeting, which I'll send
> out invites for shortly.
> Attached to this message is the draft press release, which we plan to
> send out tomorrow or Wednesday, depending on how quickly we get
> approval from legal.
> I wanted to give you some warning that this was coming, so you're not
> caught unawares.
> We're also hosting a dweebinar on Thursday about gluster.org and
> project direction:
> http://www.redhat.com/webinars/?zPage=2012-01-26-The-future-of-gluster-dot-org-a-roadmap
> In any case, feel free to introduce yourselves to the rest of the
> list. Some of you already know each other, but many of you don't, so
> this is a good opportunity to be friendly and say hello :)
> (the following will be posted to gluster.org/advisors/ later today)
> Gluster.org Advisory Board Members:
> Richard Wareing, Storage Engineer, Facebook
> Jeff Darcy, Filesystem Engineer, Red Hat; Founder, HekaFS Project
> AB Periasamy, Co-Founder, Gluster
> Ewan Mellor, Xen Engineer, Citrix; Core contributor, OpenStack
> project
> David Nalley, CloudStack Community Manager, Citrix; Member, Fedora
> Advisory Board
> Louis Zuckerman, Sr. System Administrator, Picture Marketing
> Joe Julian, Sr. System Administrator, Ed Wyse Beauty Products
> Greg DeKoenigsberg, Community VP, Eucalyptus; co-founder, Fedora
> project
> John Mark Walker, Gluster.org Community Guy (Chair)
> Advisory Board Roles
> The board’s role is to coordinate and help ensure smooth running of
> the Gluster.org project. Specifically, this includes the following:
> Define charter & goals for Gluster.org ecosystem
> Create feedback mechanisms for features and roadmap development
> Provide support for new projects built on GlusterFS
> Coordinate consolidated release schedules
> Develop and build the Gluster.org ecosystem
> Set license policies and deal with licensing questions and issues
> Serve as the face of gluster.org and build awareness of the Gluster
> ecosystem
> The board is composed of individuals, not their employers. However,
> there may be no more than 3 individuals from the same employer.
> The board specifically does not get involved in the day-to-day
> management of projects or technical implementation. It may however
> help facilitate communication between community members to resolve
> release schedule or integration issues.
> The board is currently limited to 9 members, elected to indefinite
> terms. Board members may serve until such time as they are no longer
> involved with project or they elect to step down. If additional
> board members are desired, the number of seats may be increased by
> majority vote of the board.
> The basic criteria for a board member is someone who is:
> Recognised in their community of influence
> Puts the ‘right’ decision for the project above personal agenda
> Additional board seats can be voted on at any time based on merit. It
> is expected that once someone demonstrated the attributes to be a
> board member consistently for a period of time the board may take up
> the consideration of that individual for board membership.
> The initial board has been composed in the following way:
> Long-time contributors to the Gluster project.
> Domain leaders from related projects
> The board chairman post is reserved for the Gluster.org community
> leader, as determined by Red Hat.
> Voting
> Items that come up for vote will carry with a majority, with the
> chairman’s vote only counting if there's a deadlock. Most voting
> will take place at quarterly board meetings (see below), but votes
> can be called at any time for pressing issues. All voting requires 5
> yes votes for approval.
> Examples of items that will come up for vote include changes to the
> board membership, approval or modifications of the board charter,
> approval of new initiatives for gluster.org, approval of release
> schedules and roadmaps, etc.
> Meetings
> The Gluster.org advisory board will meet once each quarter. At least
> one meeting will be in-person, with the rest being on IRC or
> conference call.
> An agenda will be circulated prior to each board meeting, with new
> items added per request.
> We're planning to send out the pres

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