Consider GNU project.
Founded on idealism.
Those projects remain community-oriented.
Open Source is a corporate fad now.
FLOSS slowly goes toward for-profit corporate interest.
Project decisions are made by companies.
Corporate sponsorship are common.
For-profit control of projects can be dangerous.
Fedora vs. Ubuntu as Coke vs. Pepsi
For-profits act in interest in shareholders.
Those who care most about software are usually not shareholders.
Interests only align sometimes with community.
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.
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.
Neutral ground when corporations sponsor.
Too many NPOs will confuse donors.
Need a 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 and other philanthropy programs.
Conference invoicing and contracts.
Stipends and paid development contracts for developers.
Looking for established projects.
Relatively informal process.
6–8 month signup lead time.
My personal blog: ebb.org/bkuhn/blog
Personal Identica: @bkuhn
Conservancy Identica: !conservancy, @conservancy
This talk and the slides are: Copyright © 2010, 2011 Bradley M. Kuhn.