[Fsfe-ie] [Slightly OT] Free / open-source engineering co-op / partnership

David Collins david at sharingireland.net
Wed Jan 22 20:16:15 CET 2014

Hi all,

Two or three of us in Dublin are interested in starting an engineering (combined software and hardware) co-op / partnership devoted to Free / Libre Open-Source Software / Hardware. (I'm not sure what structure we will go with ultimately but we might provisionally refer to it as a 'co-op'.) We aim to differ from a typical "business" not just in our licensing however; perhaps even more importantly, we intend to be only "semi-commercial" (more details below).

There are more details in various docs at https://drive.google.com/?pli=1&authuser=0#folders/0B3roVHMOAaQPVFA3WGlZaktGN1E  (We'll hopefully be moving from Google docs to a FLOSS platform - e.g. Kune / Owncloud - at some stage.) There is a short list in one of the files there of some of the actual hardware / software projects we might undertake - although we do have others, and welcome new ideas.

To the extent possible we want to provide an antidote to the contentional "business" - in that we would like to practice values such as sharing, co-operation, altruism, and gift economy. So how will we make money? We're not sure yet, but we have ideas (and welcome new ones). Ultimately this wouldn't be just about "making money", and we would prefer that the people we work alongside share our values - which can be read at https://drive.google.com/?pli=1&authuser=0#folders/0B3roVHMOAaQPVFA3WGlZaktGN1E

A relevant discussion is at http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2057093702

If anyone has any questions they are welcome to contact me on or off-list. And if anyone knows other parties who might be interested, feel free to forward this to them.

There was a brief meeting before Christmas and will probably be another over the coming weeks. I might post details of that here in due course, if that's ok with the group.


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