Tim Samoff resigns from Hildon Foundation
The Hildon Foundation has had a rather bumpy start to its stewardship of maemo.org (which should become official this month with the final infrastructure migrations and the end of negotiations with Nokia): resignation of a string of board members, friction with the council and members of the community, and drawn-out negotiations with Nokia over the transfer of ownership of maemo.org.
Despite these issues, the primary short-term goal of ensuring that the lights remain on for maemo.org looks to be accomplished. Fundraising efforts have collected more than $4000 in donations, the new server hardware from Nokia has been installed at a colocation in IPHH (essentially for free!), volunteer sysadmins have been found, and the DNS change to point to the new infrastructure—which some very dedicated people have been hard at work for months getting set up. All of which involved a great deal of time and energy (particularly from the community council)—should be completed this week.
Unfortunately, the bumps continue. Citing a change in vision of the role of the Hildon Foundation and the Maemo Community, timsamoff announced his resignation from the Hildon Foundation last week: But all of these successes aside, I have come to a new, personal understanding of the viability of a Board of Directors acting in conjunction with a Community Council at this time. While I whole-heartedly feel like an organization like the Hildon Foundation would be a positive force in the open source world, I think that the relationship between the Board of Directors and the Community Council has been counter-productive. As a nonprofit entity that must operate according to bylaws and legal formalities (as well it should in order to comply with certain governing laws), the processes have been less than efficient. Likewise, as a former Community Council member myself (two terms as a member and one term as the Chair), I have realized that a Council more than adequately prepared to run an ecosystem such as the Maemo Community. Similarly, operation of the Hildon Foundation—again, for me personally—has been less than the rewarding experience that I was hoping it would be.
This leaves—the unelected—sd69 as the only member of the Hildon Foundation Board. Replacement appointments for both Tim and ivgalvez (who resigned from the board in February due to an international relocation and the related time commitments) have been found (see the next story), but, according to the by-laws, an election sholud be triggered if fewer than 3 board positions are occupied for more than 7 days (Ivan resigned on February 17th).
On a personal note, I'm sad to see Tim leaving the board (though I completely sympathize with his reasons). I've know Tim for most of the existence of the Maemo community and served a number of terms with him on the Maemo Community Council. He was always a pleasure to work with and his optimistic, forward-thinking approach and clear-headed competence is an asset the Hildon Foundation Board will be a lesser thing without.