[Mono-list] Mono Foundation?

Carlos Ble carlosble at shidix.com
Fri Oct 6 04:19:04 EDT 2006

I think that this is a big step.
Maybe the best way to fund Mono is to involve major corporations in it. 
It is difficult because a lot of them just think in .Net/Java rather
than Mono, so a Mono Foundation might be a big step promoting Mono.
With good free software projects into the Mono Foundation many companies
might be interested in Mono. To talk with "N*" project maintainers like
NLog, NHibernate... to welcome them to the Mono Foundation might be a
I think that using the Apache Foundation as the host is not a good idea
because people thinks in Java when they read "Apache Foundation" but I
don't know how much cost to setup up a new foundation.
Im a volunteer to help in the Mono Foundation :-)

El mié, 04-10-2006 a las 08:25 -0400, Miguel de Icaza escribió:
> Hello,
>     Over the past few years, people have suggested that we should create
> a foundation to further develop Mono.  The idea in general is good, it
> has worked fairly well for Gnome, and has worked fairly well for
> Apache.    
>     This comes at a time when some third parties would like to see Mono
> developed in a particular direction and the process that we have at
> Novell for getting paid for Mono is not optimal (which is to say, today
> the best thing you can do to fund Mono is buy SUSE, which is not a very
> direct way of funding Mono). 
>     But am not sure that everyone has the same idea about what a Mono
> foundation would do, I would like such a foundation to be a mechanism to
> funnel more money into the development of Mono and its ecosystem.   
>     A foundation might have other uses, as it does in Gnome and Apache
> cases (defining release schedules, promotion, opening up the decision
> making process), but I think that fundamentally it should aim to have a
> budget that it can use to hire developers to work on particular areas
> that need to be developed.
>     I think this is a topic that is worth discussing at the upcoming
> Mono Meeting: are there enough companies that would be willing to fund a
> non-profit to develop open source software for this particular purpose?
>     A few months ago, just when someone had brought up the idea about a
> Mono Foundation, I happened to run into Greg Stein from Apache at a
> conference.  He had a few comments: setting up a foundation is a lot of
> work (I agree);  it might be best to reuse an existing foundation (I
> agree as well);   The Apache Foundation *might* be a host for our
> activities, but does not have a mechanism for paying/funding any
> activities (which is what I would personally like to see happen). 
> Miguel.
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Carlos Ble      
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