I am posting on this public list to be sure I can reach as many
contributors possible in the project. There is a longstanding work item
that needs to be handled for various reasons: TDF has been established
for 2 years now, the work done by worldwide teams is growing, etc.
Roughly, how do we plan to work with entities supporting LibreOffice and
what are the criteria we should use to work more closely with entities
we can rightly regard as our local chapters?
Roughly, we have about three kind of entities used by local
teams/native-lang projects, notwhistanding differences in legal systems.
* ad-hoc non-profits set up by native-lang projects and used to handle
mostly logistical needs
* non-profits that have a broader scope of Free Software promotion
(doing Linux install parties, promoting open standards, Firefox, etc.)
* on profit entities working with an established trademark license of
the Document Foundation whose sole purposes is to promote and represent
LibreOffice or its users.
I'm afraid I don't have a breakdown of the first two types of cases, but
I can tell the last one is rare. We have LibreItalia, and to a lesser
extent, the NGO in Brazil who does not usually go by the name
"LibreOffice Brazil" or anything close.
You may wonder why I am wondering about these topics. This is because of
how close and easy exchanges btw. TDF and an entity could be. Let me
give you three examples, and there could be more.
- trademark grants (for an event, store, etc.)
- funding for activities (obviously not restricted to one entity or
another but probably easier with an entity already operating "under
license" and with a known charter with TDF)
- more interestingly, and with my Membership Commitee hat on, should we
integrate contributions made by actual local chapters of TDF (and not
general purpose free software advocacy groups) inside TDF membership
Here is what I suggest:
- please share your thoughts here about the topic: did you find
problematic to set up a local entity? etc.
- what should be the most important criteria for local entities to
become "TDF chapters"?
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