The X.Org Foundation is holding elections for

  • The Board of Directors

Election Results

With 81 of 97 total members voting, the results of the election as reported on on Apr 5, 2021 were as follows:

  • Samuel Iglesias Gonsálvez
  • Manasi D Navare
  • Lyude Paul
  • Daniel Vetter

Their terms will end Q1 2023.

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 14:00 UTC
  • Election Planned End: Mon 5th April 14:00 UTC

PLEASE NOTE: The memberships of all X.Org Members have been expired, to participate in this election you MUST renew your membership by the deadline mentioned above! Please go to the Members page for your membership application or renewal.

Board Election

The terms of the following Board Members will end this year:

  • Samuel Iglesias Gonsálvez
  • Manasi D Navare
  • Lyude Paul
  • Daniel Vetter

There are 4 seats on the X.Org Board of Directors up for reelection.

The Elections overview page describes the voting methods and process.

The election process starts with a 2 week nomination period. If you would like to nominate yourself please send email to the election committee, giving your

  • name
  • current professional affiliation
  • a statement of contribution to X.Org or related technologies
  • a personal statement.

To vote or to be elected to the Board you needed to be a Member of the X.Org Foundation. To be a Member of the X.Org Foundation you need to apply or renew your membership until the end of the nomination period.


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.

Walter Harms

Current Affiliation: Scientist @ Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz

Statement of Contribution:

I am involved into the open source since studying physics several years ago. I am also certified trainer for programmers. I contributed in the last years to projects like linux kernel, man pages, etc. Since a few years i have commit rights for X11 and did some work on libX11 and libXt.

Personal Statement:

Since i started to become a trainer i have a predilection for documentation. Xorg has a lot good documentation but today is it less. NTL what is important is the application. I would like to see more training material and more X11 applications especially for remote access. But i was never involved in the xorg organisation. So i see myself more as an apprentice. We will see if i can help.

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 board of directors for last 2 years organizing XDC conferences, being on Code of Conduct committee for and Freedesktop and taking over the treasurer responsibility since September 2020.

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 quality.

I have served on the board of directors since 2019 helping in XDC 2019 and XDC 2020 organization and for ensuring the Code of Conduct on the 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 board and working with all our sponsors to get the invoicing for the events.

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 and Freedesktop. In addition to this I would like to help out on XDC event website organization and promoting various events as well as reviewing submissions on the 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 Software Engineer. I'm also currently on the Board of Directors as's Secretary, and am also a member of the CoC team. I've also been a member of for multiple years now and have contributed to a plethora of various projects in the 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's relationship with VESA in order to give members access to various VESA specifications they may not have access to otherwise without a prior VESA membership. I also worked to help enable to provide funding for professional CoC training for any project that requests it. I've quite enjoyed being able to serve this community, 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.