The Public Patent Foundation

The Public Patent Foundation is a US-based non-profit. They fight bad patents and bad patent policy. They argue that software patents are particularly bad and they use the legal system to have bad patents overturned, surrendered or rejected.

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Software in the Public Interest (SPI)

SPI is a non-profit organization which was founded to help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software. In keeping with the philosophy of donating to meta-projects, SPI ( is a worthy FLOSS Fund nominee for its support of important open source projects including:

Debian: A leading non-commercial distribution, Debian produces a robust, easily configured server platform which serves as the basis of *ubuntu and Knoppix, among others.

PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL is an enterprise class, open-source relational database system.

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Contribution went to the general SPI budget, to be distributed between the projects that they support.


If you have an interest in Maps, GPS, geocaching, GIS or other location related activities you will find this project interesting.

"OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways."

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Kevin Norwood writes (on 2007-01-30):

I would like to nominate Drupal for FLOSS. I do like what they have
done, and what they are doing for the future. I am using the product on
my web site currently, and they do make it fairly easy to setup and
administer the site.

Here is Drupal's contributions page:

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FSF - Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation is "dedicated to promoting computer users' rights to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs." The FSF is the primary sponsor of GNU project which has created many of the open-source tools we enjoy today.

Founded by Richard Stallman, to support the GNU project the FSF also promotes software freedom through various campaigns.

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Donation was made through Paypal for $138US.

Open Source Labs (OSL)

Chris Bruner suggested that we nominate Drupal for the FLOSS Fund, citing their donations page. This page announces that the host for (and a whack of other projects, including Busybox,, Gentoo and many many more) is the Open Source Lab. They have a Rackathon which allows people to help cover their costs.

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Made to the Oregon State University Foundation - Open Source Lab Unrestricted.

CLUE - Canadian Association for Open Source

Do you have a CLUE? From their web site:

The Vision of CLUE is to nurture a Canadian Information Technology environment which promotes collaborative innovation as well as open standards and the rights of consumers.

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Presented to Evan of CLUE at March 2007 meeting


In light of the Heartbleed bug, Darcy Casselman would like to nominate OpenSSL for the FLOSS Fund. He writes:

So according to this article, the OpenSSL Foundation gets about $2000/year
in outright donations, mostly in small amounts.



Given the nature of the people that attend the KWLUG, there is a high likelyhood that most of us have more than one distribution and/or disk partition to play with in the same hard drive.

GParted is a free disk partition editor that allows creating, deleting, rezising and moving partions.

It enables you to reorganize your disk partitions while preserving the contents of these partitions.

It is one of those rare Graphical tools that provide as much flexibility and power as their command line counterparts, reducing the anxiety associated with mesing up with your data.

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