Public Money Public Code: a good policy for FSFE and other non-profits?

Reinhard Müller reinhard at
Fri Jun 15 07:11:29 UTC 2018

Hi, Carsten!

Am 2018-06-14 um 12:06 schrieb Carsten Agger:
> I'd limit the scope as such:
> * We're talking of the software used by *the association* as part of its
> *operations*, i.e. not about the personal choices of employees or
> volunteers in their spare time.
> * We're talking about software used by the organization in its *own*
> operations - not that of vendors and other third parties (e.g.,
> designers and accountants - if the designer prefers to use Gimp for
> images that's fine, but they *are* a third party)
> * We're talking about *tools*, i.e. mostly userspace software. We should
> include proprietary JavaScript - so using Twitter or Google is not
> "using proprietary software" because the service is proprietary, but
> because they use non-free JavaScript (I mention this to align with the
> FSF's position). Anything proprietary installed on staff computers for
> work purposes would be listed, e.g. Skype, if someone were using that
> (which I have reasons to believe is not the case)
> * We're not talking about firmware.

That sounds like a reasonable scope to me, except for JavaScript, which
I would regard debatable. And if I am not mistaken, apart from
JavaScript, FSFE does not use any proprietary software within this
scope. Actually I'm not even sure about JavaScript, since the services
you mention might also run with JavaScript turned off.

No proprietary software runs on any of FSFE's servers in userspace, and
of course all software developed by FSFE staff or by contractors paid by
FSFE is free software.

Anything further doesn't seem very reasonable to me: I would, for
example, not want our volunteers to spend their time with documenting
which web pages they visited where JavaScript was required.

Reinhard Müller * Financial Team
Free Software Foundation Europe

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