Paul Everitt wrote:
Other foundations approach things a bit differently. (I did quite a bit of research on this for the Plone Foundation.)

Eric has done some research recently on the different successful Open
Source / Free Software foundations out there that have the mission to
develop and promote great software.

We're looking for a model that is just as acceptable for the single
developers (who are a very key elements in the community, and provide
some of the best work around - see Stefan or Philip for instance, but
there are many others whitout whom Zope and specially Zope3 would not
exist as we know them today) but also for the companies and
organisations that depend on Zope for their business and are willing to
commit ressources to the development of the software (this includes
software development houses like Zope Corp, Infrae, Nuxeo and 10s of
others, but also companies or universities or non-profit that depend on
Zope for their ongoing operation - like Chalmers university or like the
SD houses customers).

IMHO, "vendor-neutral" means, in this context, that the Foundation must
take into account the interests of all the stakeholders (individual
hackers, vendors, customers), and shouldn't be interpreted as "vendor-free".

The governance model should take that into account, and not limit itself
to "only individuals are members" (of course, companies are represented
by individuals, but what happens if the individual in question leaves a
member company for another?).

Anyway, the model I have in mind it the one of the Eclipse Foundation,
but I haven't done that much research, and as I said before, I am very
open to discussion.

I hope we will be able to discuss this further next week, but also that
these discussions will be able to procede with the technical side of
things during the sprint next week.



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