Membership benefits

Susan Spencer susan.spencer at
Tue Aug 23 19:42:03 UTC 2016

Wow, OSI must have general members who have become contributors so that
action items get done.
*They have $40/year dues, but that's another discussion.*

So, where's the SPI issues list on Bitbucket or Github so members can see
the issues and become contributors?
Bitbucket & Github are FREE as in BEER (not perfect but not too shabby) and
immediately do-able.
And they both have a built-in wiki!!!!

Where's the searchable SPI forum using Discourse on a DigitalOcean or
Bitnami VM so members can catch up with current and past discussions and
DO is $20/month, +$4 for weekly backups. $288 per year total, Mighty cost
effective, and again it's immediately do-able.
If needed we could ask for donations from members.
I'm in for $25 if we go this route, and there are probably eleven more SPI
members who could donate the same.

Think of it this way:
If I had to eat only 100% organic food while working to make the world's
food sources more organic,
this would be possible only in specific urban areas, e.g. not possible in
Dayton, Ohio but entirely doable in NYC.
Sub-optimal choices for tools are okay, it's not an abandonment of the

On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 1:02 PM, Joshua D. Drake <jd at>

> So,
> As mentioned on -private, I joined OSI last week. This week I received
> this email. This is the type of stuff that I think that SPI is greatly
> missing out on; building relationships with its members and the external
> community.
> Hello Joshua,
> I wanted to personally thank you for recent membership. It is only through
> the contributions of our community that the OSI can continue our important
> work to educate the world about, and increase adoption of, open source
> software.
> Please find attached your OSI Individual Membership Card, suitable for
> printing. The OSI participates in a variety of events, and is working with
> our sponsors and affiliates, to provide various benefits for our members,
> such as discounts on conference registrations, books, hardware, etc. Your
> OSI card includes your OSI member number which may be needed to receive
> some of these benefits. Some current examples include:
> Free three months subscription to LinuxVoice Magazine with access to
> back-issues (electronic version).
> 50% off Joomla World Conference.
> 20% off O'Reily's OSCON registration fees.
> 10% off Linux Foundation conferences, e.g. LinuxCon and CloudOpen
> As a new member you should join the OSI Member Mailing List (
> members at at:
> gi-bin/mailman/listinfo/members. You may also want to join our other
> mailing lists that may interest you ( In
> addition, please register for our wiki ( where
> you can actively participate in developing OSI initiatives, join working
> groups and help define the direction for our organization. You may also
> want to join the OSI's IRC channel on Freenode, #osi.
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