questionary - who developes FS/OSS

Joerg Schilling schilling at
Thu Jul 26 20:43:29 UTC 2001

>From: Bernhard Reiter <bernhard at>

I don't want to comment the first statements in this mail. There is enough
public information to proove these statements for correctness....

>> If there is widespread distrust of BerliOS, and this is a problem, how
>> about getting an FAQ written of peoples' reasons for distrust and FUD,
>> followed by the responses?=20

>This will probably be the next step as soon as somebody has time to do it.
>Of course as usual within free software development
>we noticed them directly first and confidentially pointed out the problems.

It seems that your notice was so confifential that nobody apart some of your
friends got it.....

>BerliOS did not respond and remedied them:

... otherwise we would have responded.

>	* the GMD's general way of working is: get government money,
>	create a product or special knowledge, make a spin-off
>	to proprietorily cash on it.
>	Where is the statement of the BerliOS people that they=20
>	know about this and plan to do differently?

I should comment this one because it is hard to check it for correctness
without the right pointers.

GMD is doing basic research and applied research. 60% of the research found
is from German ministry of science. 40% is from industrial partners and from
Eropean research projects.

If there is a number of people inside GMD who have a good idea, then GMD
helps them to found a new company. This typically results in a loss of
money from GMD and a win for the new company. The reason for doing this is
to support to found new high tech companies in Germany and thus to support
the future of Germany.

The support works the following way: the people from the new company keep
their office in GMD for 2 years and may use the phone, the internet and
computer infrastructure for free while working 50% of the time for GMD
projects and 50% of the time for their own projects. Then there is another
2 years phase during this phase the poeple may suspend their job with GMD.
If the new company is successful, they stay inside the new company.
If the new company is unsuccessful, then they return to GMD.

What is wrong with this strategy to support new companies?

On a short term base, it takes money from the government. On a long term
base these new companies grant tax income for the government and support
the German community.


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