JOS Project's nano-Charter, courtesy of TimTaylor.
Preface and Intent
The goal of the JOS Project is to provide a free Java based Operating System. The intent of the JOS nano-Charter is to define the JOS community and provide a general guide for how the JOS community works together.
Membership is free. Anyone may become a member of the JOS Project if they identifying with the goals of the JOS Project. All members are equal. All members have equal rights. Any member may discontinue membership at anytime.
JOS Forums are the means for members to publicly discuss "all things JOS". Members have unlimited access to JOS Forums. Members must respect the rights of other members to participate in JOS Forums.
All Members have equal voting rights. Any decision affecting the future of the JOS project as a whole must be publicly announced and voted upon. No member posses veto power.
JOS operates as a Bazaar (1). Through the incremental efforts and refinement of individuals and working groups, JOS will grow until it achieves its goal.
A working group can be a collection of Members working towards the goals of JOS. The purpose of a working group is to [deliver a something] to the JOS Project for review and possible incorporation into JOS. Members are free to create, join, leave, and end Working Groups. Working Groups can operate in any manner necessary to achieve the goals of the group. Therefore Working Groups are not JOS Forums nor explicitly part of JOS. Members may create competing working groups. [ a guideline of procedures for effective Working Groups is underway by a Working Group ]
Intellectual Rights & Property Policy
All proposals are owned by the proposer. The proposer assure that features described in the proposal are free of patents or that usage of patented features is free of cost for everyone. All resulting software will be governed by the GNU Public License or any license that meets the goal of the JOS Project to be free.