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Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy is a not-for-profit charity that helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects. This allows FLOSS developers to focus on what they do best — writing and improving FLOSS for the general public — while Conservancy takes care of the projects' needs that do not relate directly to software development and documentation.

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December 6, 2016

Kate Chapman Joins Conservancy’s Board of Directors

Software Freedom Conservancy is pleased to announce the addition of Kate Chapman to its Board of Directors. Chapman is Chief Technology Officer at Cadasta, a 501c3 organization focused on land and resource rights, and has been very active in the free and open source software world. Chapman has championed open imagery as a public good.


November 29, 2016

Private Internet Access launches $50,000 match for Software Freedom Conservancy

Today on Giving Tuesday, Software Freedom Conservancy announces a generous match by Private Internet Access of $50,000 towards our current fundraiser.


November 23, 2016

“Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Compliance” Now in Chinese

Software Freedom Conservancy is pleased to announce that the Kaiyuanshe Legal Committee has translated the Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Compliance in Chinese. Kaiyuanshe, roughly translated as open source alliance, is a group of enterprises, communities, and individuals in China supporting and promoting free and open source software. The document is available for download on Kaiyuanshe's web site and on Conservancy's site in HTML and as a PDF.


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ICYMI: “Companies, Free Software, and You”

Posted by Karen Sandler on December 8, 2016

At this year’s LibrePlanet, I presented “Companies, Free Software, and You” as a keynote presentation. In the talk, I take a hard look at companies’ engagement in the free software community, dissecting which contributions are productive and weighing them against instances where their interests might diverge from the rest of the community’s.

When that happens, Conservancy is a strong independent voice fighting for the community’s interests, in project leadership, employment agreements, license compliance, and more. Please support Conservancy today to keep the conversation balanced!

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System improvements at Conservancy

Posted by Brett Smith on December 7, 2016

When I joined Conservancy, we discussed system administration as one of my early responsibilities. (One of many—you might remember the long list of possible functions for my position.) Like any organization our size, there are plenty of improvements to our systems that we wanted to make, but were tough to prioritize against our other responsibilities. Since I joined in August, I’ve kept an eye out for easy opportunities to invest a little time now that will save us effort in the long run. As we start looking back on 2016, I wanted to highlight some of the public-facing improvements that I’ve made as part of this effort, and share a little about the tools and services that make them possible.

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Come see Conservancy at 2017

Posted by Brett Smith on December 5, 2016

Are you coming to in January? So are we! We’re presenting a variety of sessions, so whether you’re just starting to learn about free and open source software, or a seasoned contributor who wants to hear about cutting-edge issues, we’ve got something for you.

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Code Sprints, Contractors, and Commits: PyPy in 2016

Posted by Molly deBlanc on December 1, 2016

This series covers new developments and exciting projects taken on by Conservancy member projects. To learn more about Conservancy member projects, or the non-profit infrastructure support and services offered by the Conservancy, check out Conservancy’s Projects page!

Thanks to the generous support of donors and contributors, PyPy contracted Ronan Lamy at the beginning of June to help move forward work on Py3k. Lamy has been a Pypy core developer since 2012, and his work in refactoring old code has been invaluable to the project.

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ContractPatch, Step 3: It's never too late

Posted by Tony Sebro on November 30, 2016

Everybody negotiates. While my particular career path has given me cause to negotiate regularly as part of my day job, we all have life experience with haggling, bartering, and finding common ground. So I'm sure I'm not alone in acknowledging that I get frustrated when someone on the other side of the table reopens a point of negotiation we've already agreed to and moved on from. Whether we're months into a lengthy contract drafting process for a deal or settlement, or just spit-balling possible fantasy basketball trades, people expect to make progress in a negotiation by reaching a consensus on each term and building from there. Having the other side "renege" on a settled term can feel counterproductive at best — and disingenuous at worst. Which is why most people are loathe to do it.

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