Me: Sadly fifteen years of experience has taught me that I should expect a negative answer."
Colleague: "Well you'll be pleased to know that on this occasion your initial assessment was correct and I cannot get you out of the doggy doo doo."
There are a number of important organizations in the Open Source and Free Software world that do tremendously valuable work. This includes groups such as the Linux Foundation, Free Software Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Apache Software Foundation, and others.
One such group is the Software Freedom Conservancy. To get a sense of what they do, they explain it best:Software Freedom Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization 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.
Conservancy performs some important work. Examples include bringing projects under their protection, providing input on and driving policy that relates to open software/standards, funding developers to do work, helping refine IP policies, protecting GPL compliance, and more.
This work comes at a cost. The team need to hire staff, cover travel/expenses, and more. I support their work by contributing, and I would like to encourage you do too. It isn’t a lot of money but it goes a long way.
They just kicked off a fundraiser at sfconservancy.org/supporter/ and I would like to recommend you all take a look. They provide an important public service, they operate in a financially responsible way, and their work is well intended and executed.
Arbitrary tweets made by TheGingerDog up to 22 November 2015
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- Ooh #WorldToiletDay … Somewhat relevant given the walk home from school …. 2015/11/19
- Annoyed by freecycle/freegle respondants showing a lack of manners to my “offer” …. 2015/11/19
- RT Some days programming is like striding boldly forth into the bright future. Most days it’s more like
- Time to get blown away. #windy #weather 2015/11/17
- Our plane has broken steering. But we landed OK. #yinyan 2015/11/15
A far more outrageous sin is elitism! The idea that only a certain level of potential customers can afford to buy from you. While there is nothing wrong in targeting a specific audience focusing solely on one demographic is where your competition hoover's up all all the overlooked opportunities.
A-CustomersApprentice: "See the thing is I don't see the point of Facebook or Twitter for our company, LinkedIN possibly but most of these others are just personal interaction sites. The thing is most of our stuff starts at £100K and....."
Me: "Can I just stop you there! Let me refute that with some questions: Do you think that CEO's, Directors or Head's of Purchasing do not use Facebook or Twitter possibly in their personal as well as their professional lives? What about their partners? Or maybe employees of their company's? 'Word of Mouth' is probably the largest generator of business in the world, so with that in mind what if the CEO's brother or sister saw something from your company and told his brother [the CEO] about it? There's an opportunity you would not have had if you turned your back on those services purely from a, forgive me, snobbish stand point."
A-CustomersApprentice: "I'd not really thought about it that way, I see your point."
Clearly you'd not thought about it at all!