Linux International and Openmoko
Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller
hns at computer.org
Sun Jun 7 21:24:07 CEST 2009
I am very happy that my ideas that I had expressed and discussed
beginning of April (and even non-public in March)
have inspired many people: Steve who pushed for a GTA03 mailing list
and opening the design process, Werner who now runs the GTA02-core
project and now thank you Jon for proposals to give the community a
IMHO, the community is now again going in the right (future oriented)
direction and I am happy to see that.
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Am 06.06.2009 um 18:42 schrieb Jon 'maddog' Hall:
> I understand that there has been a discussion on this list about
> a foundation that would represent the community of Openmoko.
> Fifteen years ago Linux International was created to provide services
> for the Linux community. It was started as a vendor organization,
> at a
> time when there were not many vendors interested in Linux. We
> handled a
> lot of legal and business issues for Linux:
> o Protected the Linux Trademark from people that would "kidnap" it for
> various reasons
> o Helped to start two certification organizations (we funded some of
> original testing work for LPI certification)
> o Helped to start the Linux Standard Base project, which became the
> Standards Group
> o Helped to form what became Linuxworld
> o Helped many local user groups start local events, most notably the
> Atlanta LinuxFest and the Ohio LinuxFest
> We tended to split off the groups we formed, afraid that one vendor
> organization would provide too much power in a centralized
> For various reasons as larger companies started to show interest in
> Linux, our membership went to form OSDL, which now is the Linux
> Foundation. Linux International as an organization has been dormant
> about five years. I have still been spreading the word about Free
> Software at conferences, through magazine articles and media
> Recently I came up with the idea of reforming Linux International into
> an "end user" organization, with the concept that no company could
> as a member, nor sit on the board of directors as a member. Only
> individual end users could hold membership, vote, etc. Of course
> everybody is an end user of some type of software, so the membership
> would be quite "open". I have been working to change the charter of
> to reflect this.
> Recently I started another project, not a phone, but otherwise similar
> in its needs to Openmoko. This other project will have a community,
> completely "open", and needs an umbrella organization to help with
> work, etc. I intend on forming a sub-group of LI for this project.
> I could offer the same to Openmoko, to be a sub-group of LI.
> Linux International is already a legal entity. We are a
> "not-for-profit" in the state of New Hampshire, U.S.A. There are
> reasons why LI is a "not-for-profit" instead of a non-profit (501c3 or
> 501c6) which have to do with ease of applying revenues, etc. Nothing
> stops LI from becoming a 501c6 (501c3 is very restrictive), and
> would stop the sub-group of Openmoko from becoming a non-profit, if
> is desired.
> Likewise the plans for LI are to have country chapters, with separate
> boards for each country chapter. This was planned way before the
> current issue with Openmoko, but you could take advantage of the
> structure if you wish.
> LI would solicit sponsorships to help fund its work which could come
> from companies, but again the voting membership would be from
> individuals only. The things that LI does would be "Open" to all. We
> do plan on having some things we charge for, to cover costs.
> If the Openmoko community is interested in pursuing this, I would be
> happy to discuss LI's plans further with you, and how Openmoko could
> into this.
> Warmest regards,
> Jon "maddog" Hall
> Jon "maddog" Hall
> Executive Director Linux International(R)
> email: maddog at li.org 80 Amherst St.
> Voice: +1.603.672.4557 Amherst, N.H. 03031-3032 U.S.A.
> Cell: +1.603.943.6666 WWW: http://www.li.org
> Board Member: Uniforum Association
> Board Member Emeritus: USENIX Association (2000-2006)
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> (R)Linux International is a registered trademark in the USA used
> pursuant to a license from Linux Mark Institute, authorized licensor
> Linus Torvalds, owner of the Linux trademark on a worldwide basis
> (R)UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the USA and
> Openmoko community mailing list
> community at lists.openmoko.org
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