Hi teamXBMC member, developer, contributer, skinner, donator, forum member but NOT XBMC Foundation Board Member
I love the fact that the community is having such a great input to the XBMC software. But since the XBMC Foundation is so not OPEN since beginning 2009, I (and you also) cannot answer some very basic questions:
– Who are the Foundation board members?
– What is the governance model?
In terms of legality this is not really a problem but when Free software is being developed within a charity Foundation, members and users have the right to know to whom and to what they are donating / contributing. This is a very basic standard for Free (community-developed) software & charity Foundations.
Since the President is aware of this problem and not undertaking any action, it´s clear that this Presidents has no interest in serving the community. This all has to do with ownership & control.
Hopefully, this letter creates some awareness of this contradiction between personal motivation to contribute and the current setup of this Foundation. Hopefully, you can devote some of your time to have a Foundation based on ethical and open source values, devoted to the interests of all users; like Free Software is intended to.
Recently, on non-board member published a blogpost, with reference to this website, to tell something about it’s members. The rest is gibrish to me. Useless data and a waste of bandwidth. Besides named members, bylaws need to be published to see how trustworthy this Foundation is. Then we can start discussing this subject and see what we are dealing with.
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln