[Mesa-dev] 2021 X.Org Foundation Election Candidates

Harry Wentland harry.wentland at amd.com
Mon Mar 15 18:47:11 UTC 2021

To all X.Org Foundation Members:

The election for the X.Org Foundation Board of Directors will begin on 
22 March 2021. We have 6 candidates who are running for 4 seats. They 
are (in alphabetical order):

     Samuel Iglesias Gonsálvez
     Manasi Navare
     Lyude Paul
     Rodrigo Siqueira
     Lucas Stach
     Daniel Vetter

Attached below are the Personal Statements each candidate submitted for 
your consideration along with their Statements of Contribution that they 
submitted with the membership application. Please review each of the 
candidates' statements to help you decide whom to vote for during the 
upcoming election.

If you have questions of the candidates, you should feel free to ask 
them here on the mailing list.

The election committee will provide detailed instructions on how the 
voting system will work when the voting period begins.

** Election Schedule **

Nomination period Start: Mon 22nd February
Nomination period End: Sun 7th March
Publication of Candidates & start of Candidate QA: Mon 15th March
Deadline of X.Org membership application or renewal: Thu 18th March
Election Planned Start: Mon 22nd March anywhere on earth
Election Planned End: Sun 4th April anywhere on earth

** Election Committee **

* Eric Anholt
* Mark Filion
* Keith Packard
* Harry Wentland

Harry Wentland,
on behalf of the X.Org elections committee

** Nominees **

## Samuel Iglesias Gonsálvez

__Current Affiliation:__ Igalia

__Personal Statement:__

I have been contributing to Mesa and piglit for 7 years improving
open-source drivers for both OpenGL and Vulkan.

During my time on the board, I have become the XDC organization
coordinator and the XDC CFP committee chair, due to my experience
organizing the XDC 2018 in A Coruña, Spain.

Thanks to these experiences, I have been deeply involved in the XDC
organization process, where I have helped make a great and welcoming
conference every year.

If I am elected, I plan to continue leading both the XDC organization
process and the XDC CFP committee.

## Manasi Navare

__Current Affiliation:__ Intel

__Statement of contribution:__

I am a lead contributor to Intel’s Open source graphics kernel driver 
i915 as well as to the Linux Kernel DRM subsystem. One of my most widely 
used contributions is the Display Port Compliance code in i915, DRM as 
well as in Xserver and IGT to make the entire graphics stack Display 
Port compliant and reward the end users with black screen free displays. 
  I have also enabled features like Display stream compression across 
DRM and i915 as per VESA’s DSC specification for Display Port. Most 
recently I have been working with both the DRM and i915 community as 
well as the AMD developers to implement and enable adaptive sync feature 
for variable refresh rate on display drivers for enhanced gaming 
experience. I also have commit rights to several upstream projects like 
drm-intel, drm-misc and Intel GPU Tools.

I have served on X.org board of directors for last 2 years organizing 
XDC conferences, being on Code of Conduct committee for X.org and 
Freedesktop and taking over the treasurer responsibility since September 

__Personal Statement:__

I have been a Linux Open Source contributor for last 7 years since I 
joined Intel's Open source technology center. My major contributions are 
in enabling display interfaces and develop display features in upcoming 
display specifications in i915 and Linux DRM subsystem. I have presented 
several talks at Linux Graphics conferences like Embedded Linux 
Conference, XDC and FOSDEM on several graphics display features like 
Display Port compliance and Display Stream Compression, Tiled display 
support, Adaptive Sync or Variable Refresh rate kernel support for 
gaming and I have been already actively involved in IRC discussions with 
DRM and i915 maintainers to constantly provide any solution on display 
port questions and work on improving the kernel documentation and code 

I have served on the X.org board of directors since 2019 helping in XDC 
2019 and XDC 2020 organization and for ensuring the Code of Conduct on 
the X.org community and during XDC events. I have previously mentored 
for the KMS project in Outreachy 2018 winter program as well as 
administered the Google summer of code 2019 program and will continue to 
do so whenever I get an opportunity. I joined the Code of Conduct 
Freedesktop committee as well to ensure it is followed on all the 
Freedesktop projects and open source channels. I have recently stepped 
up to take over the treasurer responsibility as part of the X.org board 
and working with all our sponsors to get the invoicing for the X.org 

If I get elected I would like to continue being a treasurer managing the 
XDC sponsorship and invoicing responsibilities as well as continue 
serving on the Code of conduct committee for X.org and Freedesktop. In 
addition to this I would like to help out on XDC event website 
organization and promoting various X.org events as well as reviewing 
submissions on the X.org conferences.

## Lyude Paul

__Current Affiliation:__ Red Hat

__Personal Statement:__

Hi! My name is Lyude Paul, and I'm currently employed at Red Hat as a 
Engineer. I'm also currently on the X.org Board of Directors as X.org's
Secretary, and am also a member of the CoC team. I've also been a member of
X.org for multiple years now and have contributed to a plethora of various
projects in the X.org/freedesktop.org/linux kernel space such as: 
nouveau, i915,
amdgpu, the wayland protocol, igt-gpu-tools, libinput, and more.

During my tenure on the board I've accomplished a couple of cool things. For
example, I restarted X.org's relationship with VESA in order to give X.org
members access to various VESA specifications they may not have access to
otherwise without a prior VESA membership. I also worked to help enable 
X.org to
provide funding for professional CoC training for any X.org/freedesktop.org
project that requests it. I've quite enjoyed being able to serve this 
and will continue to do so if re-elected to the board of directors.

## Rodrigo Siqueira

__Current Affiliation:__ AMD

__Personal Statement:__

My name is Rodrigo Siqueira (a.k.a Siqueira). I contribute most of the time
to display core from AMD, and occasionally I contribute to VKMS. Xorg
played an essential role in my life since it allowed me to start my
career as a kernel developer under the DRM subsystem. I want to join the
board to give back a little more to the community by helping solve daily
organization challenges. Additionally, I want to contribute to XDC and
perhaps to the Xorg website. If I get elected, I'll try my best to learn
and find solutions that provide a good trade-off for this organization.

## Lucas Stach

__Current Affiliation:__ Pengutronix

__Personal Statement:__

In 2012 the X.Org foundation enabled me to take part in XDC by covering
my travel costs, which accelerated my professional career into open-
source graphics. In the last few years I've been able to visit many
conferences, both as attendee and speaker, but none of them master the
balancing act of being both very high-profile, with in-depth technical
discussions, and at the same time having an extremely low barrier of
entry quite like XDC. I believe that this reflects very well on the
whole X.Org community, as well as the X.Org foundation, which makes
this possible due to its clear mission to foster this kind of open
collaboration. When elected I would like to make sure that the
foundation stays focused on this path and continues to be the critical
resource it is today in bringing together our community.

## Daniel Vetter

__Current Affiliation:__ Intel

__Personal Statement:__

I've been hacking on graphics drivers for a few years now, mostly
stuck on the kernel side of things. More recently I've also started to
work on community issues, trying to make it easier to contribute to
upstream, improve processes all around and reduces barriers to get
drivers merged and new people integrated into our community.

In my previous term I've successfully handed over my secretary duties
to Lyude. I've served on the papers committee for XDC, and I lead the
sponsor drive, securing a record 12 company's support last year,
despite Covid and all that. I'd like to continue this work and making
sure we have a great conference to meet and exchange ideas, open and
accessible to everyone.

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