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President and Executive Director of Software Freedom Conservancy.
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity dedicated to promoting, advancing, defending, and developing Free, Libre and Open Source Software.
1984: GNU Manifesto.
FSF is founded in 1984.
Gets 501(c)(3) status in 1985.
For-profits act in interest in shareholders.
501(c)(3) non-profits act in interest of the public good.
Software freedom is best when in public good.
Non-profit orgs (NPOs) are best place for software freedom.
NPOs can accept for-profit donations, but provide a firewall.
It’s the duty of all Free Software developers to steal as much time as they can from their employers for software freedom.
— Jeremy Allison, Director, Conservancy & Co-Founder, Samba Project
Distribute that money to advance project (and public good).
Make sure project isn’t controlled by for-profit interests.
Help leadership with non-technical decisions.
Too many NPOs will confuse donors.
Each needs board of directors, incorporation, meetings, IRS filings.
Hackers end up doing work they hate.
Less Free Software gets written.
Conservancy is designed as one organization.
Composed of many different projects.
Each has its own funds.
One board of directors & one non-technical governance structure.
Travel to conferences.
Handling Google SoC.
Conference invoicing and contracts.
Stipends and paid development contracts for developers.
Throughout 2008 and 2009, Twisted needed Jean-Paul Calderone’s attention to bugsquashing and maintenance.
Twisted community sought major corporate donors and many individual ones.
Contract was funded for part-time work for Jean-Paul.
We’re talking about having him start up work again soon.
I’m funding myself doing Linux kernel-space development contracts, but it slows down Mercurial because of the brain context switch to Python userspace.
— Matt Mackall, Mercurial Maintainer (in April 2010)
April 2010: Matt asked if Conservancy to handle donations to fund his Mercurial work.
Conservancy drafted a proposal.
Matt’s was fully funded by donors 2010–04 through 2012–06.
PyPy has launched three initiatives to fund specific projects in PyPy.
Py3k and Numpy have each individually raised $42,000.
Software Transactional Memory has raised $21,500.
Conservancy is funding four developers.
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