The Document Foundation
Board of Directors Meeting 2021-11-19
Session chair: Lothar Becker
Keeper of the minutes: Florian Effenberger
In the meeting:
Board - Thorsten Behrens, Lothar Becker, Michael Meeks, Cor Nouws
Board Deputies - Nicolas Christener, Paolo Vecchi
Membership Committee -
Membership Committee Deputies - Uwe Altmann
Community - Michael Weghorn, Jan Holesovsky
Team - Florian Effenberger, Sophie Gautier, Guilhem Moulin
Representation: Paolo for Emiliano, Nicolas for Franklin
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The meeting commences 13:03 Berlin time.
1. Q&A: Answering questions from the community (all, 5 minutes)
Rationale: Provide an opportunity for the community to ask questions
to the board and about TDF
* Any questions? (Lothar)
* no questions
2. Information: European institution sponsored bug bounty (Paolo, all 5
Rationale: An European institution, to be named if we agree with the
project, would like to sponsor a bug bounty for both LibreOffice desktop
+ what is behind the bug-bounty itself? (Lothar)
+ is it search for or fixing bugs ?
+ been in contact with several European institutions (Paolo)
+ helping them to create policies to promote & develop FLOSS
+ quite known in this network.
+ finally after pushing so hard: this institution has a growing
interest in LibreOffice.
+ an opportunity to organize a bug-bounty on LibreOffice Desktop
+ which allow us to find more bugs.
+ and hopefully more potential developers - which may provide
+ everything sponsored by this institution.
+ now we agreed on what to do
+ initially wanted to add LOOL - but then the situation has
+ like to organize things before the end of the year
+ since we don't know yet what we do with it.
+ so everything is focused on the desktop version
+ through board & TDF staff - have a team that can look after
+ questions - every bug - not just security? (Lothar)
+ all types of bugs yes (Paolo)
+ what is paid ? (Lothar)
+ the bounties - and the org. that manages the bounties (Paolo)
+ little reaction to requests for feedback to the board.
+ more info. when have a team confirming TDF is willing to
+ have all the info required.
+ have this great opportunity - need feedback & support from
+ thanks for putting this together & reasonable scope (Michael)
+ if security focused - Caolan should be involved with this
+ if more generic - then Xisco is a good guy
+ concerned it stays under umbrella of TDF (Paolo)
+ so stays inside that - for benefit of TDF & LibreOffice
+ no problem with this (Michael)
+ good to get Italo & Mike from Marketing involved too (Paolo)
+ also Sophie to promote it in France.
+ great idea - will reach out & get them in the loop (Florian)
+ think it's a good initiative.
+ think it's great (Paolo)
+ don't have time & skills, stopped developing 15 years ago.
+ would be nice for someone on the team to get control
on the platform
+ will pass those contacts on.
+ there is an intermediary that does payments etc. ? (Michael)
+ yes, main contact is institution - cnx. made to bounty org
+ got what you need ? (Lothar)
+ need confirmation from the board (Paolo)
+ supportive (Michael, Thorsten)
+ consensus from BoD to go ahead.
AI: Florian: bring this to next week's team call
+ will write to them - Florian will take control to organize it (Paolo)
+ a good thing to get it done somehow (Cor)
+ usual comment (Thorsten)
+ good to get this done but:
+ struggle is normally to get bugs fixed
+ great to get funding for not just finding but fixing.
+ agree (Paolo)
+ participated with several institutions
+ which provide funds for development
+ this one could be a starting-point, as they did for Jitsi
+ could organize a Hackathon
+ should develop something for LibreOffice
+ getting more people involved
+ other ways - can organize somehow - to get direct funding for TDF
to be spent in development.
+ have developers inside TDF to deal with un-touched bugs.
+ a good oppo to do that as well.
+ agree (Thorsten)
+ OpenSSL - started with a security review, and developed
into EU putting some money on the table.
+ shouldn't stop with this.
+ is there anything they want in exchange ? (Kendy)
+ absolutely nothing (Paolo)
+ benefit getting - from my effort, getting more aware of
where they should invest money
+ been part of meetings - where with this institution, trying
to find a way to fund more projects.
+ positive side to work Paolo & others are doing in the
+ for them - want to help foundations & institutions that invest
in Open Source.
+ understand it is crucial for technologial & digital sovereignty.
3. Information&Plan: Suggestion of an "attic" status of LOOL repository,
input from subgroup, ESC inquiry (Thorsten, Emiliano, all 10min)
Rationale: Status/Follow on of the action item, timeline for
decision making on that
+ unclear if possible to discuss without Emiliano (Lothar)
+ postponed from the last board call.
+ any news ? when we get input from the sub-group
+ have been discussing with infra / Christian / Guilhem (Thorsten)
+ think we're almost there
+ don't feel comfortable proposing it without Emiliano signing
off on it.
+ can't speak for Emiliano
+ waiting too long - suggest go to board-discuss
+ and propose / vote it there.
+ can postpone one more time if Lothar thinks it is necessary.
+ wondering if a simple E-mail for board to see status (Paolo)
+ to understand the directino it is taking.
+ what discussing; seems to be consensus (Thorsten)
+ will propose something like an 'Attic'
+ where retired, no-longer-updated, unmaintained projects can
be relegated to
+ and some pre-requisites to get them out of the Attic
+ so not there permanently - if renewed interest, a proposal
on that, can get
+ talked to Guilhem on how best to do that
+ a separate R/O git repo - where it is reasonably easy to
get it out
+ think it's fair not pushing forward without Emiliano.
+ proposal is confirm current status - keep as R/O ? (Paolo)
+ or allow people to play around see some bugs to fix ?
+ it's neither (Thorsten)
+ lets wait for the proposal
Public meeting ends at 13:21 Berlin time.
4. Discuss & further steps: Follow up discussion on legal consultation
with an attorney (Emiliano, all 15min)
Rational: Discuss some of the indications out of consultation
Reason why in private: discuss on legal matters regarding TDF
5. Status: CoI policy text (Legal Subgroup, all 15min)
Rational: Discussion about Status of the CoI policy text version and
Reason why in private: Discussion of preliminary text
6. Inform: Communications about contracts (Emiliano, all 10min)
Rational: Discuss contractual regulations
Reason why in private: contracting is by default confidential
Private meeting ends at 14:03 Berlin time.
Lothar Becker (Session chair)
Florian Effenberger (Keeper of the minutes)
Florian Effenberger, Executive Director (Geschäftsführer)
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