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Here is my take on the constitution. I have no idea if my
thoughts make any sense. Add/subtract from what follows.
>>>>> "Gurunandan" == Gurunandan R Bhat <grbhat@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
Gurunandan> a) Aims of LI
LI will aim to do the following (in no particular order):
(1) Be a non-profit legal entity that represents all the LUG's of
(2) Provide an easy way out for LUG's to deal with money
transactions as a non-profit org.
(3) Act as a general launch pad for activities related to Linux in
(4) Provide necessary support for the LUG's that represent it.
(5) Attempt to solve inter LUG problems by communication/mediation.
Structure of LI:
I would like to think of the structure of LI as follows:
(1) LI contains LUGs. Something like branches of an organisation.
LUG's are branches of LI.
(2) Each LUG that is part of LI will have the foll.
(a) a representative who is in charge of keeping the LUG in touch
with LI. The representative also votes.
(b) Some kind of an account managed by LI for it. This is to
make things easy for LUG's to handle money I/O.
(3) As for now there is no weighted voting.
(4) Constitution change allowed if and only if > 2/3rd of the
members and their respective LUG's ratify a proposal. LUG will
ratify it byu either holding a special meeting, or on the mailing
list or on a normal meeting (only folks who attend the meeting can
(5) LI will handle legal aspects of LUG's.
(1) LUG's are free to do as they please so long as they are not
against any of LI's fundamental goals (mentioned above).
(2) LUG's that wish to be part of LI in order to benefit from it
must register with it and abide by its rules.
(3) LUG does not need to become a legal org by itself. LI should
handle legalese for it.
Gurunandan> b) How and whom by, will LI be managed
LI will be managed by its representative LUG's.
LI will need to have a competent legal advisor, and an auditor.
LI should not, if possible allow a commercial organisation to handle
its affairs. However biased this may sound, this I believe will avoid
a lot of unnecessary pain.
LI will need legal signatories etc. I'd suggest that each LUG have
its own signatory and national events require signature of all
representatives. But this is a big pain. How about PGP'd messages?
Gurunandan> c) What would be the relation between LI and the
Gurunandan> various LUGs
LUG's represent LI. So...
Gurunandan> The last (not a part of the constitution) would have
Gurunandan> to be "who will register LI". If I see no drafts in
Gurunandan> half a day, I will try to provide a working draft for
Gurunandan> your consideration.
We really need an auditor/legal advisor. I doubt if any one
here is competent to discuss the issues relevant for formalization.
Apologies if I am wrong, but if someone competent is here please speak