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Authored by: Andy Updegrove on Tuesday, March 27 2007 @ 12:33 PM CDT

LF is structured like most consortia, in that there's a balance in part between representation and finding someone to pay the bills.  As consortia go, LF has a very large budget, with unusual items like paying salaries for Linus and some others, funding the Legal Defense Fund, and so on.  Somebody has to pay the bills, and that's not likely to be the community.

So the companies that pay a very large amount of money to be members get a board seat (the "Platinum" members), up to a maximum of 9.  That's how HP, IBM, Novel, and some others come to be on the board.  The next level of members ("Gold"
 members) also pays a lot, but not nearly as much.  They get to elect a few directors.  And then the class of members that pays quite a bit less ("Silver" members) elect one director.  The Technical Chair (James Bottomley) gets a seat, and the individual members - mostly well known members of the community - elect two members (Mark and me).  Several more seats will be filled later to represent other constituencies.

So back to your question:  Red Hat is not a Platinum member, so they didn't automatically get a seat.  I don't remember whether they nominated anyone to run for director, but my guess is that they didn't - but they could, if they wanted to, and obviously would be very well placed to have their nominee be elected.

  -  Andy

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