Ah here it is. The promised smear article from +Joshua Drake
. He called one of our contributors, yelled at them, and tried to harass us into signing on with SPI-Inc so they could take a cut of any contributions to +elementary
. He also threatened to write about how terrible we were if we didn't sign on.
Scummy.*1. They are not an Open Source project. They are an Open Source product (think MySQL).*
elementary OS is both a project and a product. We collaborate with upstream (GTK+, Vala, GNOME, Ubuntu, GStreamer, and more), help out third-party developers, and release all of our code under the GPL.*2. They are not non-profit, they are a for-profit LLC that has a single managing member*
We decided to organize an LLC instead of pursuing non-profit status after years of discussion with other open source projects, including +Yorba
, who was recently denied non-profit status. Read about it here: http://blogs.gnome.org/jnelson/2014/06/30/the-new-501c3-and-the-future-of-free-software-in-the-united-states/*3. They are not making a political statement, they are trying to build a great product*
Okay. :) Can't argue that.*4. They have quite a few unspecified startup costs/goal*
We pay for servers, merch to resell, and occasionally conference/travel costs and development hardware.*5. They are resistant to outside criticism*
We welcome criticism. We are, however, resistant to baseless claims, misquotes, and the stirring up of controversy.*6. They think an affiliation with a non-profit is a marketing agreement and they are being sold something (no matter how many different ways I tried to explain reality, they didn't get it).*
The terms of SPI specify that any funds would be held by them and only ever transferred to another 501(c)3 non-profit. As we are not a non-profit, it just doesn't make any sense.
If you are ever contacted by SPI-Inc, I highly recommend you avoid them.