Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller
hns at goldelico.com
Sat Apr 18 19:23:20 CEST 2009
Am 14.04.2009 um 06:11 schrieb Werner Almesberger:
> Steve Mosher wrote:
>> I guess to start I would have to release the A8 gerber to the
>> community. If we choose this path I'd work with DR. N to get some
>> of legal status for the organization...
> By the way, some form of organization to look at may be the Consumer
> Electronics Linux Forum (CELF). There, companies with an interest
> in Consumer Electronics, such as Sony, Philips, etc., get together
> and coordinate and run joint projects.
Oh yes. Good example.
They are "A CALIFORNIA NON-PROFIT MUTUAL BENEFIT CORPORATION"
They have different Membership Levels and depending on membership
levels, the members can vote, chair or participate in WG.
Associate member dues are $8,000 per year. Members can participate in
the Architecture Group, and be selected by the Board for a voting
position in the Architecture Group. Members can also Chair or
participate in Working Groups and Standing Groups, and may attend
Board meetings as an observer. Other privileges include access to
member-only areas of the CELF website, including the CELF Member and
Architecture Group wikis, and private mailing lists.
Supporting member dues are $4,000 per year. Members can Chair or
participate in Working Groups and Standing Groups. If a Supporting
Member Chairs a technical Working Group they are usually given a
voting position in the Architecture Group. Other privileges include
access to member-only areas of the CELF website, including CELF Member
and Architecture Group wikis, and private mailing lists.
Others are FSF, Linux Foundation etc.
I think the important aspects are:
* an organization that has members (a little more formal than
registering on a mailing list) and membership fees
* runs Working Groups (departments) where members can participate
* but also has WG chairs (project leaders) who are responsible for
* has a board which takes decisions (creation of new Working Groups,
use of funds)
* clear rules how someone can participate
So from project organization side it is not much different from a
company (except funding / fees)
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