As a follow-up to the Parrot Foundation's announcement of ActiveState joining the Parrot Foundation advisory board, I talked with Allison Randal about what this means for Parrot.
Allison Randal: We're in active discussions with several companies, including some that have verbally agreed to join. ActiveState is the first to complete the joining process. (I can't call them a charter member, because they weren't the first to agree to join.)
Andy: How many members do you see on this board eventually?
Allison: Membership will vary from year-to-year, but we'll aim to keep it in the range of 5-10 members.
Andy: Do members try to commit resources, as well? I'm thinking people, not dollars.
Allison: Donations of developer time or other resources aren't required for advisory board membership. I see it as a possibility in the future, but probably after the 1.0 release, when companies are working to maintain production releases of Parrot.
Andy: Is ActiveState going to try to get some developers on here, required or no?
Allison: It's not something we've discussed.
Andy: Are there any current or past Parrot developers at ActiveState?
Allison: Not as far as I know, but I don't know all the dynamic language developers currently working at ActiveState.
Andy: Are there other organizations coming up on the advisory board? In talks with anyone? Any upcoming news you can leak? It'll be just between you, me and Perlbuzz readership.
Allison: There are other organizations coming up, nothing I can leak yet, but I'll let you know when I can.
Andy: Initials? Geographic location? Anyone in Washington state?
Allison: No comment. :-)
Andy: Anything else you'd like to let us know?
Allison: Join us for the Parrot Developer Summit, November 15th and 16th in Mountain View, CA.
Andy: What will be happening there? Is it mostly a big hackathon?
Allison: We'll be kicking off the final stages to the 1.0 release. It's also a gathering point for language developers.
Andy: Thanks for the time, Allison.