Charles Wight wrote:
On 09/16/2010 08:47 AM, C wrote:
On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 15:37, Charles Wight wrote:
The only way OpenSUSE can ever be safe from the whims of the accountants and financiers is to become independent of any single large corporate sponser. I don't see it happening ... so uncertainty is the prevalent reality ....
What large open source project is actually independent of a large (or multiple) corporate sponsor? OpenOffice.org has Oracle, Ubuntu has Canonical, openSUSE has Novell and so on. There are a few single-application projects that may bumble along on their own, but it's a rare animal the size and scope of openSUSE that is actually independent.
BTW, there is a BIG difference between accepting corporate donations/contributions and being dependent upon a single sponsor!
and, it is this dependence that got me to thinking about the situation the Community _might_ be in if suddenly our sponsor (today, or next month) decided to not pay _our_ electricity/communications costs..
sure, i have no doubt that openSUSE can persist..
but, wonder if maybe we need to increase the speed at which we work toward an openSUSE Foundation *and* build more independence....sooner, rather than later (notwithstanding Henne Vogelsang "word" that all openSUSE folks who are not willing to lay back/relax & wait/see would be better off in some other project....or should tweak their tinfoil hat!)