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Free Software Project Non-Profit Existence

Free as in Freedom episode 0x0b

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Bradley and Karen have an introductory discussion on how non-profit governance interacts with Free Software projects and what issues are important for developers who want their project to have a non-profit existence.

Running time: 00:34:42.

Show Notes

Segment 0 (00:37)

  • Bradley and Karen began the discussion by commenting on this blog post by Andy Updegrove about non-profit governance. (01:50)
  • Bradley and Karen tend to agree that non-profit settings are better places to foster and help Free Software development. (03:40)
  • Bradley mentioned that Roland McGrath wrote GNU C Library (and other GNU programs) while working as an employee at the FSF, and many of those programs are now often maintained by Red Hat (or other company's) developers, under the auspices of the GNU project, as overseen by the FSF. (04:50)
  • Corporate form and organization questions should be secondary to project leadership ones. (09:50)
  • One of the most important things is to have an organization in a place where people are willing to do the work to keep the organization going. (20:10)
  • Enthusiasm to keep the organization running is the most important resource for running the organization. (22:26)

Tags: bkuhn, karen, fsf, conservancy, non-profits, governance

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