'"Thanks to the coronavirus, technology events have been canceled left
and right," writes ZDNet. "This, in turn, is damaging the finances of
companies and groups that depend on these events."
Some open-source groups, such as The Linux Foundation, can deal with
it. Others aren't so fortunate. Some, such as Drupal Foundation, the
Open Source Initiative (OSI), Open Source Matters (Joomla), and Ajv
JSON Schema validator, are in real trouble. FOSS Responders is trying
to help these and other groups and individuals...
Nuritzi Sanchez, a FOSS Responder co-founder and GitLab senior
open-source program manager, said: We "started out around mid-March as
a response to COVID-19 event cancellations. It's a group of open
source leaders from companies like Indeed, Facebook, Google, Red Hat,
GitHub, GitLab, etc." They've set up a process to help both
open-source individuals and organizations facing financial trouble. So
far, Sanchez said, "organizations are the ones that have been reaching
out most so far." They're also consolidating information on how to
plan and execute virtual events and provide a place where people can
look for and offer help.
FOSS Responders has already had some success in raising donations.
Alyssa Wright, Open Collective's director of social engineering,
reports that it's raised funds from Indeed, Open Source Collective,
Linux Fund, GitHub, Google, Sentry, Ethereum Foundation, and the Sloan
As a result "FOSS Responders is contributing over $100K to open-source
organizations that are experiencing financial strain because of the
"The main focus of philanthropic efforts will be elsewhere, as they
should be," noted LWN.net
back in March, "but it is nice to see our
community finding ways to help itself out internally."'
-- source: https://news.slashdot.org/story/20/05/23/2351224
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