Full blog post here:How Open Source Development is Funded
15 Feb 2010 Written by Elin Waring
In early 2009 the Community Oversight Committee (also known as the core team) sent the OSM board a message that began:
"The Core Team would like OSM to investigate and report on the feasibility of creating some sort of company which can deal with the financial issues currently facing the project.
• as a means of handling revenue and expenditure needed by the project without sacrificing OSM's non-profit nature.
• as a means of attracting or developing new funding sources.
• to make it easier to disburse funds to individuals and organisations to compensate them for work performed which furthers the goals of the project."
The board spent most of 2009 considering how to respond to this in the context of our responsibilities as a non profit board, which are different from the responsibilities of COC members or other people involved in the Joomla! Project. ...
http://community.joomla.org/blogs/commu ... unded.html
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As it is a topic on which various people have strong opinions, I request that we debate this topic in a respectful manner, and agree that we will most likely not all agree!