Subversion stewardship organization.
2006-03-30 16:52:56 GMT
This is to announce a new mailing list, svn-org <at> subversion.tigris.org, and with it an initiative that has been developing behind the scenes for some time. The Subversion full committers are forming a lightweight non-profit organization ("The Subversion Corporation", and yes, we like the name too ), to be able to represent Subversion's interests when necessary. For example, sometimes donors want a place to make a donation: this new organization will be 501(c)(6) tax-exempt to receive them, and gives us a framework for deciding what to do with such funds. There are also (rare) instances where someone uses the Subversion name in a way that might cause confusion. Fortunately, these have mostly been unintentional and resolvable amicably -- but as Subversion becomes more popular, that will not always be the case, and we'd like to be prepared so we can act quickly if/when the time comes. PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBVERSION'S OPEN SOURCE LICENSE REMAINS THE SAME. Subversion is and always will be open source; this new organization does not affect that. CollabNet has volunteered to act as a trustee (i.e., to provide legal services, pay filing fees, etc) on the organization's behalf. The non-profit is wholly independent of CollabNet, however, and the trusteeship agreement will be revocable by either party. Also, we expect an outside counsel, the Software Freedom Law Center, to be reviewing all these arrangements pro bono, once the organization is fully incorporated. Status so far:(Continue reading)