Xen Project Governance Changes for Review and Vote

As part of the move of Xen to the Linux Foundation, I have made a few proposals for Governance changes on the Xen Project mailing lists in the last few weeks. To avoid voting fatigue, several proposals are up for review or voting:

Note that changes to governance documents are marked in the following way:

  • minor changes are marked in orange italics
  • additions are marked in orange italics
  • major deletions are striked through

Governance Proposals for Vote

The following two proposals are up for vote using this voting form. As the two proposals affect all Xen Project teams, all committers, maintainers and project leads of Mature projects and the community manager can vote. The vote will be open until May 20, 2013.

Xen Project Governance v2

The Xen Project Governance v2 has been out for community review since April 30th. It is now time to vote using the voting form above.

Mailing List Conventions v1

On April 14th, we started a discussion on naming list conventions, which then became a proposal for Mailing List Conventions. There seems to be no controversy, thus it is time to vote using the voting form above.

Governance Proposals for Review

Xen Security Problem Response Process v2

In the last update on the security problem response process, we promised a vote in mid-January. Near the end of the window, some changes were proposed, and we were somewhat sidetracked with launching Xen as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.

As this process impacts many Xen users, we feel that it is prudent to run through a final week of community review (closing on Monday May 20th), followed by a formal vote by maintainers, committers and the project lead of the Hypervisor project a week later. Review comments are to be posted in response to this thread. The proposal can be found here.

For Vote: Dates and Locations for 2014 Events

As it is very hard to book event space on short notice, I wanted to ask you all where to hold Xen Project user and developer events in 2014. Earlier this year, there was a debate whether we should rotate Xen Events around the globe. The answer was a very strong yes. As we have a Hackathon and Xen Developer Summit in Europe this year, Europe will not be an option for a developer event in 2014.

Rather than creating a voting form, I decided to use the voting feature on the new Xen Project website. To vote, you need to create an account. If you have difficulties, let me know. The poll is here. The vote will stay open until the middle of June. Anybody in the community can vote.

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About Lars Kurth

Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is community manager for xen.org. Lars has 9 years of experience building and leading engineering teams and a track record of executing several change programs impacting 1000 users. Lars has 16 years of industry experience in the tools and mobile sector working at ARM, Symbian Ltd, Symbian Foundation and Nokia. Lars has strong analytical, communication, influencing and presentation skills, good knowledge of marketing and product management and extensive background in C/C , Java and software development practices which he learned working as community manager, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. If you want to know more, check out uk.linkedin.com/in/larskurth. Personally, Lars has a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. He is particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and has built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world. His love for plants extends into a passion for travel, in particular to see plants grow in their native habitats.