Communal software through communal funding

Sunday, 14 Dec 2014

Bradley M. Kuhn:

Our community suffers now from regular and active cooption by for-profit interests. […] The primary mechanism of cooption [is to] encourage funding only from a few, big sources so they can slowly but surely dictate project policy. […] Open Source became a fad, and now it's “cool” for for-profit companies to release code, or channel funds through some trade associations to get the code they want written and released [more slyly than traditional open-washing]: picking a seemingly acceptable license for the software, but “engineering” the “community” as a proxy group controlled by for-profit interests.

This cooption phenomenon leaves the community-oriented efforts of Free Software charities underfunded and (quite often) under attack. These same companies that fund plenty of Open Source development also often oppose copyleft. […] Unless we change our behavior, the larger Open Source and Free Software community may soon look much like the political system in the USA: where a few lobbyist-like organizations control the key decision-making through funding.


Just pick the 501ⓒ③ non-profit charity in the Free Software community that you like best and donate.