On 09/26/2011 05:00 PM, Anthony Liguori wrote:
On 09/26/2011 03:27 PM, Carl Trieloff wrote:
> Right now we will not setup a foundation, however the goal as a
> community is to provide support for subprojects, help direct
> marketing etc.
> We can pretty much provide all the value for sub-projects without a
> foundation. If we get to the point we believe we need a foundation to
> better develop the ece-system we can create one, however based on past
> experience I don't think we will need one.
Can you elaborate on that?
We're actually feeling pains from not having a foundation with QEMU.
US tax law is complex and unforgiving so when it comes to thinks like
accepting donations, a foundation is really needed.
A concrete example is something like Google Summer of Code. As part
of the program, Google pays each organization a small stipend which
requires the organization to generate a purchase order. So you need
some organization that can generate the PO, and then can also cover
travel/pay out stipends.
If any oVirt project decides to participate in GSoC, this will come
up. There are similar problems in accepting donations from other
organizations and/or trying to sponsor travel.
Both Apache and Eclipse are 501(c)3 and 501(c)6 foundations
respectively. Almost every other foundation has some sort of
non-profit status too.
With another another project 'AMQP' I worked on we would allow one of
the founding members to deal with the arrangements for each event/
costs, donations etc and we would apply them directly, and then just
circulate. This worked fine for years. That said, they are not setting
up a foundation, and I don't have an issue with us getting to that with
oVirt. However I don't want to get bogged down in our progress around
the project in doing so.
With GSoC, I believe they allow a member of the group to manage the
stipend for the project, or last time I helped on the program they did.
I would suggest we get launched and then make this a topic we evaluate
as we progress.