Another example of “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”, the recent vulnerability caused by OpenSSL/Heartbleed, prompted“The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a multi-million dollar project housed at The Linux Foundation to fund open source projects that are in the critical path for core computing functions. Inspired by the Heartbleed OpenSSL crisis, The Initiativeâ€™s funds will be administered by the Linux Foundation and a steering group comprised of backers of the project as well as key open source developers and other industry stakeholders.” stakeholders in the Linux Foundation to put their money where their mouths are and provide for some full-time developers.
It’s about time. Corporations have been reaping the benefits of FLOSS for years without giving back enough to keep the fire burning brightly. Starvation inspires people but it certainly is not an aid to best practices. Every FLOSS project should have at least one full-time developer if it is to become a prevalent part of the IT of the world. The world can and does make its own software and its cost is not $0 but a lot of time, money and effort. That cost has to be paid one way or another. If FLOSS licences don’t cover it, users have to give back in code, money or manpower. Choose.