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  • 1. Bridges Between Projects: Collaboration Between Free Software Projects You Probably Don't Know About Dave Neary RMLL 2008 2 July 2008,
  • 2. In the beginning...
  • 3. Hackers love a good fight
  • 4. Journalists love a good fight
  • 5. Journalists love a good story
  • 6. Reality?
  • 7. Technical co-operation http://flickr.com/photos/annawiz/216265013/
  • 8. Non-technical co-operation http://flickr.com/photos/conner395/2170153872/
  • 9. Common problems http://flickr.com/photos/vgm8383/2482555985/
  • 10. Shared values http://flickr.com/photos/anjin/2081401315/
  • 11. Distributions 1993-1998
  • 12. Federator projects 1981- present
  • 13. Inter-project co-operation 2000- present
  • 14. Events + FOSDEM, LinuxTag, Solutions Linux, OSCon, LCA, SCALE, RMLL, ... 2000 - present
  • 15. + 2009 - ?
  • 16. Foundations list at freedesktop.org http://flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/221827536/
  • 17. Genesis 2005 Merchandising
  • 18. First meetings OSCon 2005 EurOSCon 2005 FOSDEM 2006 Average of 3 face to face meetings per year
  • 19. Members >50 organisations ~140 members http://flickr.com/photos/cyron/10813776/
  • 20. Members (old list – February 2007) Dojo Toolkit Mozilla Foundation Zope the Perl Foundation the Linux kernel CPAN the Python Software Foundation Subversion Squeak the Apache Foundation Ubuntu Debian SPI Benetech GAIM FreeBSD OSGeo Jabber Foundation The GNOME Foundation PostGres Classpath OpenWengo Wikipedia NLNet Scribus OpenOffice.org Blender Foundation Drupal Eclipse OSAF OSU OSL GNU JSP JXTA Typo3 Creative Commons Darwin Smalltalk Joomla! CLUE Mozdev.org KDE eV Gentoo Fedora Fink
  • 21. Greatest hits  Trademarks & licencing (GPL, copyright attribution, trademarks, trademarks & copyright interaction)  Employees (should we hire an Executive Director?)  Governance (role of unelected officers, online voting)  Should we create a non-profit?  Money and community (developing a revenue model for our non-profit/how best to do community grants?)  Organisation infrastructure (conferences, bank accounts, donor management software, D&O insurance)
  • 22. Individuals build bridges
  • 23. Conversations are the raw materials
  • 24. Thank you! Questions? http://flickr.com/photos/khardy/55867082/