How does SPI differ from SFC?

Joshua D. Drake jd at
Tue Sep 25 15:55:14 UTC 2007

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Michael Renzmann wrote:
> Hi all.
> First off: I hope that I managed to choose the right platform for my
> inquiry ;) In case I failed, please accept my appologies in advance and
> let me know who I should contact instead. Thanks.
> I'm one of the guys behind the MadWifi project [1]. We intend to
> incorporate as a non-profit now. Joining a non-profit umbrella such as the
> SPI or the SFC (Software Freedom Conservancy [2]) for that purpose is very
> appealing for us; we are all technical guys and we're thankful for every
> administrative task that we don't need to take care of.
> As far as I could find out by now, it seems to me that SPI and SFC offer
> pretty similar services to its members. One difference I can see is the
> option to accept (tax-deductible?) donations through partners in Germany,
> Italy and Canada (on SPI's side), while SFC so far "only" has accounts in
> the US. Are there other important differences that I might have missed?

I won't argue against SFC as they are only trying to do what we are
trying to do, which is to help FOSS sofware projects. What I will due is
point out our particular strengths.

* SPI has been around a long time. We have taken our lumps and have
learned and are continuing to learn from them.

* We have an active board that is continually looking for ways to help
our affiliated projects.

* We have some of the largest and well known FOSS software projects in
the world as affiliated projects (Debian, PostgreSQL, OpenOffice.Org,

* The board conducts all non-confidential business on our -private list
for our contributing members to see and participate.

Please feel free to ask any specific questions.


Joshua D. Drake
Director and SPI PostgreSQL Liaison

> What "unique selling point(s)" do you see for SPI in comparisson to the SFC?
> Bye, Mike
> [1]
> [2]
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