On Monday at Akademy, KDE's yearly world summit, the KDE e.V. held its general assembly, covering a wide range hot topics, regarding licensing and community scalability. While part of the meeting is dictated by intricacies of German association law, the AGM also provides a way of effectively solving issues arising in the KDE community and deciding on ways to move forward as an organisation. This year's KDE e.V. General Assembly endorsed a Code of Conduct, the Community Working Group and a Fiduciary License Agreement for KDE contributors.
Code of Conduct
The KDE e.V. has ratified a proposal for a Code of Conduct as accepted shared set of values for participating in the KDE Community. This Code of Conduct presents a summary of the shared values and "common sense" thinking in our community. The basic social ingredients that hold our project together include:
- Be considerate
- Be respectful
- Be collaborative
- Be pragmatic
- Support others in the Community
- Get support from others in the Community
The full version of the KDE Code of Conduct is online now.
Community Working Group
Preparations in the last months have now led to the founding of KDE's first Community Working Group. The purpose of this new body endorsed by KDE e.V. is summarised as:
"The Community Working Group aims to act as a central point of contact
by being available to communicate user needs and concerns to
developers, and developer intentions and plans to users."
The initial members of KDE's Community Working Group are:
- Anne Wilson
- Juan Carlos Torres
- Lydia Pintscher
- Martin Fitzpatrick
- Tom Albers
KDE e.V. Logo
As KDE e.V. is a different entity from the more comprehensive KDE Community, the spirit of this organisation is now displayed by having its own logo. The three flags on top of the logo represent the three main tasks of the KDE e.V.: supporting the KDE Community, representing the KDE Community, and governing the KDE Community. The logo has been contributed by Oxygen team member David Vignoni.
Fiduciary License Agreement
The Fiduciary License Agreement is a legal safety net to keep KDE's licensing effective in cases where a change of licensing is required (for example in the unlikely case that the GPL is void) and the contributor holding the copyright of a certain piece of code is not able to change the license of her work.
The FLA is in no way required for KDE developers, but a suggestion by the KDE e.V. to mitigate the risk of possible problems surrounding copyright assignment and licensing. It is left to each individual copyright holder whether or not to sign the agreement.
Details on all the above points will be published on the KDE e.V. website soon.