On 16 July 2018 at 05:05, Simon Lees <sflees(a)suse.de> wrote:
On 14/07/18 23:22, Axel Braun wrote:
SPI have a partner in Europe for facilitating
So why not going directly with ffis?
Maybe we will, we are investigating a number of different foundations /
organizations that we could partner with. To assess which if any is best
for openSUSE to partner with.
Indeed, and while I wouldn't want to rule them out at this stage, I
can think of a number of issues that hold back the idea of ffis for
All the ffis documentation is only in German. As any change of this
type is likely to involve consultation with the broader community, I
think it really holds back the viability of joining ffis given the
operating language of the Project is predominantly English. How can
the openSUSE community agree to anything if we don't understand it
well? Conversely, most (if not all) of the questions asked here that
I've answered about SPI for example can be independently confirmed by
ffis state they prefer the GPL or LGPL
SPI state they prefer the GPL or "other licenses that allow free
redistribution and use of software and hardware developers to
distribute documentation that will allow device drivers to be written
for their product"
the ffis statement is somewhat more restrictive, and while the
distributions would meet that standard, not all sub-projects under the
openSUSE Project are GPL/LGPL licensed.
Whereas I believe all we do in the openSUSE Project would comply with
And last but by no means least, ffis has 1 software project, two
conferences, and a spinoff of the Knoppix distribution under their
Meanwhile SPI have a members list of at least 45 projects, including
big names like Debian, Arch, FFmpeg, freedesktop, LibreOffice,
Jenkins, OpenEmbedded, PostgreSQL, X.Org and more
If the Project goes down this route, we'll want to collectively hitch
our wagon to an organisation we can trust with our money and assets,
and trust to be there for a long period of time.
With such a broader collection of projects engaged with them, I think
that's easier to be said with SPI than with ffis
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