[Chris McDonough] > ... > The Apache Software Foundation has 9 members > (http://www.apache.org/foundation/board/).
Their board of directors has 9 members, but the ASF has many more members than that: http://www.apache.org/foundation/members.html > I don't recognize all the names, but at least three are definitely coders, and > companies are not mentioned at all. Their bylaws have no math in them for > retaining board seats based on payment into the foundation, but maybe > there is some informal agreement. I doubt it, because the Python Software Foundation's (of which I'm a director) bylaws were modeled on the ASF's. For both, you can become a member only by being nominated by an existing member, and then voted in by a majority of existing members. Anyone (regardless of whether they're a member) can sit on the board, and the board is determined solely by membership vote. So any informal agreement would have to be embraced by a majority of the members to be effective, and that's just unlikely. For the PSF, a sure way to get on the Board is to say you're willing to do it <0.3 wink>; I imagine it's similar with the ASF. We should note that the ASF and PSF are both 501(c)(3) non-profits under US tax law, which puts imprecise but serious legal bounds on how much they _can_ be "controlled by", or benefit, a small group without getting into deep legal doo doo. In effect, we endure those restrictions so that US contributors can get a tax deduction, and to make legal actions against us especially unattractive (this one's complicated, but it's not a coincidence that you don't hear about many people suing the Red Cross <wink>). I don't know which part of the non-profit spectrum the Zope Foundation is aiming at, but I'd guess that the ZF wouldn't want to hassle with a charity's legal restrictions (yup, the PSF is a "public charity" in US legal jargon, same as the Red Cross). _______________________________________________ Zope-Dev maillist - Zope-Dev@zope.org http://mail.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope-dev ** No cross posts or HTML encoding! ** (Related lists - http://mail.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope-announce http://mail.zope.org/mailman/listinfo/zope )