Project Charter

Project Charter

1) Mission of the MCUboot Project

The MCUboot Project seeks to produce, develop and maintain an
open-source reference secure bootloader for microcontroller-based

2) Membership

1.  The Project will be comprised of: Platinum Members.

2.  All Members will be entitled to participate in general meetings,
    initiatives, events and any other activites as appropriate; and to
    identify themselves as members of the MCUboot Project.

3.  The minimum number of Platinum members required for initial project
    viability is four. The Governing Board may, from time to time,
    review the minimum number of Platinum members required for the
    ongoing viability of the project.

4.  In addition to the other rights set forth in this Charter, Platinum
    Members will each:

    1.  Be entitled to appoint one voting representative to the
        Governing Board and any other Project committee as established
        by the Governing Board;

    2.  Enjoy the most prominent placement in displays of membership
        logos; and

    3.   Receive such other benefits as the Governing Board or Linaro
         may make available to Platinum Members.

3) Project Governing Board

1.  The Project Governing Board ("Board") will consist of

    1.  A representative from each Platinum Member;

    2.  The Technical Steering Committee ("TSC") Chair

2.  Responsibilities of the Governing Board:

    1.  Approve periodic budgets directing the use of Project funds;

    2.  Elect a Chair of the Governing Board, from time to time, to
        preside over meetings;

    3.  Authorize non-budgeted expenditures in excess of \$1,500;

    4.  Vote on decisions or matters before the Board;

    5.  Oversee all non-technical business, security and marketing

    6.  Create and oversee the TSC;

    7.  Determine if required, and define, create and oversee any other
        committees to further the Project;

    8.  Adopt and maintain other policies, rules or procedures for the
        Project (subject to Linaro approval) as appropriate, such as a
        Code of Conduct or any certification policies.

3.  The Governing Board may, subject to approval by Linaro, designate
    officer positions within the Project, set procedures for the
    election of any such officer, or create other position (e.g.,
    Project director) within the Project. Any hiring decisions with
    respect to such position, are subject to approval by Linaro.

4) Conduct of Board Meetings

1.  Board meetings will be limited to the Governing Board
    representatives and follow the requirements for quorum and
    voting outlined in this Charter. The Governing Board may allow
    invited guests to attend Board meetings as observers.

2.  Board meetings will be confidential unless approved by the
    Governing Board. The Governing Board should encourage
    transparency, including publication of non-confidential minutes
    within a reasonable time following their approval.

5) Quorum and Voting

1.  Quorum for Board meetings requires two-thirds of the voting
    representatives of the Governing Board present either in-person or
    via electronic means. The Board may continue to meet if quorum is
    not met, but will not make any binding decisions at the meeting.

2.  It is the goal of the project to operate as a consensus-based
    community. If any decision requires a vote to move forward, the
    representatives of the Governing Board or any other committees
    established within the Project will vote on a one vote per
    representative basis.

3.  Except as provided in section 10(a), decisions by vote will be based
    on a majority vote of the voting representatives present either
    in-person or via electronic means.

4.  In the event of a tied vote with respect to an action by the
    Governing Board or other committee created by the Board, the Chair
    of the Board or such committee will submit a tie-breaking vote.

5.  The Chair of the Board or other committee created by the Board, as
    applicable, may conduct any vote using an appropriate electronic
    voting mechanism, including the collection of votes via email. In
    the case of an electronic vote where the topic has not been
    previously discussed in a meeting, if any two voting representatives
    object to the electronic vote, the topic will be put onto the agenda
    at the next meeting at which point the decision may then be put up
    for a vote.

6) Antitrust Guidelines

1.  All members shall abide by Linaro's Community Projects Antitrust
    Compliance Policy available at:

2.  All Project members will encourage open participation from any
    organization able to meet the membership requirements, regardless of
    competitive interests. The Board will not seek to exclude members
    based on any criteria, requirements or reasons other than those used
    for all members.

7) Budget

1.  The Governing Board will approve an annual budget and never commit
    to spend in excess of funds raised.

2.  Linaro will provide the Board with regular reports of expenditure
    against the budget. In no event will Linaro have any obligation to
    undertake any action on behalf of the Project or otherwise related
    to the Project that will not be covered in full by funds raised by
    the Project. In the event that any unbudgeted or otherwise unfunded
    obligation arises related to the Project, Linaro will liaise with
    the Governing Board to address funding the gap or alternative
    mitigating actions.

8) Treasury and Project Expenses

1.  Linaro will have custody of and final authority over the usage of
    any membership fees, funds and other cash receipts.

2.  Linaro will charge the Project expenses incurred on a monthly basis
    covering accounting, legal, operational and infrastructure costs.
    Expenses will be charged at cost to Linaro, i.e. Linaro will not
    mark up the costs it incurs on the Project. Linaro will not contract
    third-parties, on behalf of the project, without prior approval by
    the Board.

3.  Under no circumstances will Linaro be expected or be required to
    undertake any action on behalf of the Project that would compromise
    Linaro's tax exempt Mutual Trade status.

9) Project IP Policy and Licensing

1.  Anyone may participate in and contribute to the Project's technical
    codebase regardless of membership status and subject to any Project
    contribution guidelines and code of conduct as identified in the

2.  All new inbound code contributions to the Project will be made under
    the Apache 2 license <>
    accompanied by a Developer Certificate of Origin sign-off

3.  All outbound code will be made available under the Apache 2 license.

4.  Contributed documentation will be received and made available by the
    Project under the Apache 2 license;

5.  The Board will determine whether any trademarks should be registered
    relating to the Project, and any such trademarks will be held by

10) Technical Steering Committee (“TSC”)

1.  The Board will establish a Project Technical Steering Committee, the
    "TSC". The TSC will be responsible for oversight of the technical
    codebase, the release process and liaison with the technical
    community. The TSC and Board are expected to operate independently,
    although the TSC will report to and advise the Board as appropriate.
    During the initial start-up period, the TSC members shall consist of
    appointed representatives from each Board Member;

2.  The TSC shall elect a TSC Chair, who will be a voting member of the
    Board and will be expected to act as a liaison between the Board and
    technical leadership of the project;

3.  The TSC shall also be responsible for:

    1.  Determining the appropriate size and membership composition of
        the TSC, from time to time, to include as appropriate
        maintainers, contributors and other technical experts from the

    2.  Coordinating the technical direction of the Project;

    3.  Recommending with external and industry organizations
        concerning Project technical matters;

    4.  Communicating with external and industry organizations
        concerning Project technical matters;

    5.  Appointing representatives to work with other open source or
        open standards communities;

    6.  Establishing election processes or other selection criteria for

    7.  Creating sub-committees or working groups to focus on
        cross-project technical issues or opportunities;

    8.  Voting on technical matters relating to the code base.

11) Amendments

1.  This charter may be amended by not less than a two-thirds vote of
    the total voting representatives, subject to approval by Linaro.

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