summary and minutes of October 17 meeting

From: Eugene Eric Kim (
Date: Wed Oct 18 2000 - 13:44:57 PDT

I've posted minutes from yesterday's meeting on my web site:

Thanks to Howard for recording and transcribing these for us.

In summary, our efforts to find funding, led by Doug and Pat Lincoln, are
starting to bear fruit. It looks like we have a real good chance of
getting funding from NIH and possibly DARPA, probably by next summer but
possibly as early as December.

What this means is that we need to start getting organized, and we need to
start making some of the hard decisions that we've been avoiding thus far.
One of the things we did was to bring in Mark Mitchell as the OHS project
manager. Mark is the CTO of CodeSourcery, an open source company, and one
of the leaders of the Software Carpentry project, which is developing next
generation open source development tools. He will make an outstanding
lead for the project.

Many of the details regarding the development process are still to be
determined, and I'm sure Mark will start making some announcements
and soliciting feedback over the next few months. One of the things that
is sure to happen, however, is that Mark, Doug, and Pat will select a
small group of core developers.

What does this mean for this group in particular? In reality, not much.
Nothing that any of us have done has ever been officially sanctioned as
part of the OHS, but we have all obviously made some very important
contributions both in context and in code. I hope that discussion and
maybe even a little coding will continue on this list, until some of the
official processes get ironed out. There are still certainly a lot of
important things that need to be done, and your contributions will not go

In summary, some good things are happening around us, which bodes well for
the project as a whole. As always, comments and questions are welcome.


+=== Eugene Eric Kim ===== ===== ===+
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+=====  can have an excuse to drink alcohol."  --Steve Martin  ===========+

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