[OpenAFS] Funding the formation of an OpenAFS Foundation

Dave Botsch botsch@cnf.cornell.edu
Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:22:21 -0400

In part, depends on what you mean by "multi-year commitment".

And as you mentioned, there is no Foundation to commit anything to.

To justify any type of commitment to management, there has to be a clear
concrete something, be it the Foundation or YFS to commit to with some
sort of clear return (support, code improvements, now "buying"
"commercial" OpenAFS, whatever)...  government funding agency auditors
don't like "donations" or "donations in disguise".

The commitment, whatever that is, has to be presented as furthering the
mission of the entity making that commitment. And OpenAFS, as a
filesystem, certainly fits that bill, but again, see the above

On Sat, Sep 01, 2012 at 12:17:40PM -0400, Jeffrey Altman wrote:
> The concept of a Foundation was pursued for years and just before the
> economic collapse the Elders were committed to forming it.  Your File
> System Inc. was committed at that time to putting up a pool for use in
> matching contributions from end user organizations.  After the economic
> collapse it was deemed to risky to attempt to start a Foundation.  All
> of the organizations that had privately committed to put funds into the
> pot backed out when large holes appeared in their budgets.
> If you believe that your organization is now capable of making a
> multi-year commitment to OpenAFS, please contact openafs-elders@openafs.org.
> Jeffrey Altman

David William Botsch
CNF Computing