# The AlmaLinux OS Foundation
The AlmaLinux OS Foundation is 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. It owns all assets related to AlmaLinux OS. It is governed by a set of Bylaws (opens new window).
# We strive to be transparent.
The goals of a Community-owned operating system needs to include transparency in all things. If you ever have a question, request, or need that isn't being satisfied through the available channels, you may always reach out to any member of the board for assistance.
As of September 20, 2022, the foundation has a seven board directors.
- benny Vasquez (opens new window) - benny is the current Chair of the board of AlmaLinux OS Foundation
- Jack Aboutboul (opens new window) - Jack is a current Director and Community Leader at AlmaLinux
- Simon Phipps (opens new window) - former president of the Open Source Initiative
- Jesse Asklund (opens new window) - Jesse is a current Director at AlmaLinux and the CXO at WebPros
- Daniel Pearson (opens new window) - Daniel is the CEO of KnownHost, LLC (promoted from COO during the election window), a current AlmaLinux Gold Sponsor, serves on the AlmaLinux OS Foundation membership committee, and is new to the AlmaLinux OS Foundation board
- Moshe Bar (opens new window) - Moshe is the CEO of CodeNotary, Inc., an AlmaLinux Gold Sponsor, and is new to the AlmaLinux OS Foundation board
- Cody Robertson (opens new window) - Cody is the CTO at Hawk Host, Inc., and is new to the board of the AlmaLinux OS Foundation
# First board elections
- Sept 20, 2022 - First AlmaLinux Board Election Announces 7 New Seats (opens new window)
- Aug 9, 2022 - First AlmaLinux Community Election Coming Soon! (opens new window)
# The plans for the board
- The board is has completed the membership structure, and has opened membership. Blog post (opens new window) Press Relase (opens new window)
- Igor Seletskiy has stepped down from the Board of Directors, and the Board has elected benny Vasquez to replace him.
- The board will be expanded to up to 13 directors (as new members arrive) to make sure that no single company controls the AlmaLinux OS Foundation.
# Assets and build environment
The complete build environment is yet to be fully open-sourced, but it will be in Q3 of 2021, as we get rid of some key tie-ins into CloudLinux infrastructure. We are planning to use AWS, Azure, GCE & Equinix Metal and others for our build/test environments.
All the code we release is under GPL3 or MIT license. All the trademarks and assets are owned by AlmaLinux OS Foundation.
Some assets that were either transfered from CloudLinux, or yet to be transferred to AlmaLinux
|asset||What needs to be done||Status|
|almalinux.org domain||Assign the rights to AlmaLinux, in theory, we can leave the control over it at CloudLinux IT falks, same as over the rest AlmaLinux infrastructure||DONE as of May 24, 2021|
|AlmaLinux OS trademark sublicense||Request CloudLinux Foundation to re-assign AlmaLinux OS from CL to AlmaLinux OS Foundation||DONE, Sublicense ID number 20210506-0001|
|social media accounts||Reassign them to AlmaLinux OS Foundation. Need to create a full list||DONE|
|github almalinux account||Already open-sourced, nothing needs to be done||DONE|
|Build/Test system||Work has started to open source it, but it will require some time. ETA - end of Q2 or Q3||In Progress|
|RPM signing keys||Need to be "assigned" as belonging to AlmaLinux OS Foundation, need to come up with signing ceremony, who controls it||Q3: Need to come up with rules for holding keys|
|EV certificate for Secure Boot||Currently, we use the same EV certificate for both CloudLinux and AlmaLinux shim bootloaders. It is registered to CloudLinux Inc. If we want to have a separate bootloader/certificate for AlmaLinux, we need to buy another EV key, put it into a bare metal server, build a new shim, get it reviewed by Red Hat, and signed by Microsoft again.||Q3: Need to buy new EV cert and register it|
|Logo License for the foundation||Transfer documents, and initial acquisition document uploaded into a Logo Transfer folder, transfer document signed||DONE|
# Minutes of AlmaLinux OS Foundation Board Meetings
The Board of Directors meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. At each meeting, the board works to keep minutes so that they can be approved as part of that meeting and shared immediately after the meeting completes. In the event that there is little to discuss, the Chair of the board may opt to cancel a meeting, allowing the board to meet every other month.
- Oct 11, 2022 Board meeting #16 agenda (opens new window)
- Sept 13, 2022 Board meeting #15 minutes (opens new window)
- Aug 11, 2022 Board meeting #14 minutes (opens new window)
- Jul 12, 2022 Board meeting #13 minutes (opens new window)
- Jun 14, 2022 Board meeting #12 minutes (opens new window)
- Apr 19, 2022 Board meeting #11 minutes (opens new window)
- Mar 8, 2022 Board meeting #10 minutes (opens new window)
- Feb 15, 2022 Board meeting #9 minutes (opens new window)
- Dec 6, 2021 Board meeting #8 minutes (opens new window)
- Nov 8, 2021 Board meeting #7 minutes (opens new window)
- Oct 11, 2021 Board meeting #6 minutes (opens new window)
- Sep 13, 2021 Board meeting #5 minutes (opens new window)
- Aug 16, 2021 Board meeting #4 minutes (opens new window)
- Jul 19, 2021 Board meeting #3 minutes (opens new window)
- Jun 14, 2021 Board meeting #2 minutes (opens new window)
- May 12, 2021 Board meeting #1 minutes (opens new window)
# Membership Committee
In September of 2021, the Board of Directors opened up membership applications (opens new window) for all the members of the AlmaLinux community wishing to participate in the the future of AlmaLinux. The Board also ratified the Membership Committee Governance, and appointed a selection of existing Foundation Members to participate in the Membership Committee.
The Membership Committee meets on the third Tuesday of every month for 30 minutes as long as there are applicants to be reviewed, and reviews as many applications as the time allows.
As of Oct 11, 2021 the membership Committee consists of:
- benny Vasquez, Mgr of DevRel and Community @ Progress Software and Current Chair of the Board or Directors (opens new window)
- Daniel Pearson, COO of KnownHost, and Current Chair of the Membership Committee
- Stephen Smoogen, Red Hat Software, EPEL Chair Emeritus