Jim Zemlin gave an excellent talk about the importance of foundations in facilitating collaborative development at the 2014 State of Linux conference. He focuses on the key role of FLOSS Foundations, such as the Linux Foundation, and their key role in facilitating open production.
His main points:
* A neutral home for collection and sharing of resources.
* Enable structured investment.
* Helping industry understand how to engage with the community.
* Shared legal defense.
* Shared development infrastructure.
* A neutral home for key developers.
* Addressing market failures.
* Raising awareness (marketing) to bring in more developers and users.
* Organize events for face to face meetings and training.
* Provide training and certification to help grow the community.
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