FLOSS Communities 5: Other FLOSS communites

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Hi folks!!!

And now to put the end to this set of post regarding FLOSS communities I’m going to talk about some other FLOSS communities, but not so in deep as the previous posts.

Eclipse Foundation

The Eclipse Foundation is a non-for-profit organization founded in 2003-2004 by the Eclipse Consortium, an unofficial consortium of fifty software companies, to lead and develop Eclipse.
The Eclipse Foundation has its own FLOSS license, the Eclipse Public License (EPL) a weak copyleft license, that is used by license Eclipse.
Eclipse Foundation is based in four categories of memberships:

  • Strategic members.
  • Enterprise members.
  • Solutions members.
  • Associate members.

Each strategic member has representative on the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors, allowing them direct influence over the strategic direction of Eclipse.
There are approximately 170 members of the Eclipse Foundation representing most regions of the world, and many industries and technology segments.

Python Software Foundation

The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a non-profit organization devoted to the the Python programming language.
Was founded on March 2001.
Its mission is to foster development of the python community.
The PSF is responsible for various processes of the Python community, including developing the core Python distribution, managing intellectual rights and get money for funds.
The PSF also has a FLOSS license called Python software Foundation License (PSFL), this license is BSD-like style so it’s a permissive license and is compatible with the GNU GPL.

The Python Software Foundation has three class of members:

  • Nominated members.
  • Sponsor members.
  • Emeritus members.

Perl Foundation

The Perl Foundation (TPF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the Perl programming language through open discussion, collaboration, design and code.
It’s based in Holland, Michigan.
TPF also has a FLOSS license, the Artistic License, this is copyleft compatible (the version 2).
All members of the TPF including the board of directors are volunteers.

The Document Foundation

The Document Foundation is a non-profit organization created on September 2010, for manage and develop a fork called LibreOffice from the original OpenOffice.org office suite.
Was created by members of the OpenOffice.org community for the doubts with Oracle and what could do with the office suite.
The goal is produce a vendor-independent office suite with ODF support and without any copyright assignment requirements, this is in contrast to OpenOffice.org which requires that all developers assign their copyrights to Oracle.


Eclipse Foundation in the Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse_Foundation
Eclipse Foundation Membership. http://www.eclipse.org/membership/exploreMembership.php
Python Software Foundation in the Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_Software_Foundation_License
Python Software Foundation membership. http://www.python.org/psf/membership/#what-membership-classes-are-there
The Perl Foundation in the Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Perl_Foundation
The Perl Foundation. http://www.perlfoundation.org/
The Document Foundation in the Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Document_Foundation
The Document Foundation. http://www.documentfoundation.org/

And that’s all!! See u my friends!!


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