Minutes, April 23, 2009

Minutes of the Plone Foundation Board of Directors

Jon called the meeting to order at 12:04pm PDT



Present: Jon, Steve, Darci, Geir, Nate, Alex (joined 12:19)
Absent: Matt (excused, returning from Malta)

Minutes for April 2, 2009

Jon moved approval, Geir seconded
Unanimously approved.



Approve $1000 invoice from Contextual to sponsor a Plone presence at CMSExpo conference in Chicago.
Jon moved approval, Steve seconded
Unanimously approved

Version Support Policy

Discuss/approve official version support policy per Steve's email

Steve proposed the following text for public policy statement:

The Plone project offers differing levels of support for non-current
versions of Plone.

Active maintenance of Plone happens for one major version of Plone at a time.
Once a new major version is released, the old major version is
maintained until the first minor version of the new major version is
released. Active maintenance includes development, bug fixes, and

Active maintenance of Plone happens for one major version of Plone at
a time.  When a new major verson of Plone is released, this new
version will be the actively maintained version.  However, there is a
period of overlap: until the first minor version of the new major
version is released, the old major version is also maintained.

Active security support happens for the latest two major Plone
versions at all times. However, there may be security-related fixes
that are practical for the current version of Plone, but are not
practical for earlier versions. This may be the case if the fix to an
earlier version would require widespread or structural changes.

Plone 2.5, 3.x and 4.x are considered major versions of Plone. Plone
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2 are considered minor versions of Plone.

Please note that this is not a guarantee that any particular bug will
be fixed or development undertaken. Plone is an open-source software
project developed collaboratively by hundreds of persons from around
the world, and progress depends on the interest and skill of those
developers. As with any project, your best guide is probably the work
done in the past. We believe the record of the Plone project on this
score is excellent and invite your scrutiny and suggestions.

Steve moved, Darci seconded
Unanimously approved



Marketing committee

Nate requested approval of $50-$100 budget for NTEN literature
Seconded by Jon
Unanimously approved

Preliminary budget draft may be available at next board meeting

Domain consolidation

Geir reported he’s been working with Xavier to consolidate European domains under a single account. Xavier will proxy for us.

Review our revenue projection & discuss

Jon reported that we have $37k committed sponsorship income for this year. Most is flowing in in periodic increments. Thus around $3k per month available. We need to deliver value on this.

Membership committee

Darci: There should be a slate for approval at the next meeting.


Lots of POI spam coming in. Is it OK to make POI posting require login?
General agreement that it’s not ideal, but is OK.

Nate left.

General Discussions with no motions or conclusions

Brief, discussions of licensing, certification.

Jon led a brief discussion of the possibility of a consultants’ meeting. Joel has suggested a very small session combining P4 core developers with selected Plone integrators. Learn how to refine, introduce, market; get questions. Previewing could also be done via webcasts.

Alex talked about strategy for incorporation of new things in 3.x while working on 4.

Adjourned at 1:08pm

Next Meeting April 30