[Fsfe-ie] [Slightly OT] Free / open-source engineering co-op / partnership
ben at redfrontdoor.org
Thu Jan 23 16:22:37 CET 2014
Looks interesting, and a good overlap with what IFSO's trying
to achieve --- we're meeting next Tuesday (28th) at 8pm in The
Long Stone in Dublin if you're free to come and say hi!
On 23 January 2014 13:27, Jen Bowen <jen at bowencomputing.net> wrote:
> Hi David,
> This sounds like an excellent project, and well in-tune with IFSO's
> mission. I don't think anyone would object if you were to continue to
> post details here!
> We might want to take this off-list, but I've been running owncloud on a
> VPS for a couple of years at this point, so if you need help getting set
> up, please let me know.
> On 22/01/14 19:16, David Collins wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Two or three of us in Dublin are interested in starting an engineering (combined software and hardware) co-op / partnership devoted to Free / Libre Open-Source Software / Hardware. (I'm not sure what structure we will go with ultimately but we might provisionally refer to it as a 'co-op'.) We aim to differ from a typical "business" not just in our licensing however; perhaps even more importantly, we intend to be only "semi-commercial" (more details below).
>> There are more details in various docs at https://drive.google.com/?pli=1&authuser=0#folders/0B3roVHMOAaQPVFA3WGlZaktGN1E (We'll hopefully be moving from Google docs to a FLOSS platform - e.g. Kune / Owncloud - at some stage.) There is a short list in one of the files there of some of the actual hardware / software projects we might undertake - although we do have others, and welcome new ideas.
>> To the extent possible we want to provide an antidote to the contentional "business" - in that we would like to practice values such as sharing, co-operation, altruism, and gift economy. So how will we make money? We're not sure yet, but we have ideas (and welcome new ones). Ultimately this wouldn't be just about "making money", and we would prefer that the people we work alongside share our values - which can be read at https://drive.google.com/?pli=1&authuser=0#folders/0B3roVHMOAaQPVFA3WGlZaktGN1E
>> A relevant discussion is at http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2057093702
>> If anyone has any questions they are welcome to contact me on or off-list. And if anyone knows other parties who might be interested, feel free to forward this to them.
>> There was a brief meeting before Christmas and will probably be another over the coming weeks. I might post details of that here in due course, if that's ok with the group.
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