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Software in the Public Interest

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Fields  Software
Founder  Bruce Perens
Type of business  501(c)(3)
Founded  16 June 1997

Location  State of New York, United States
Key people  Bdale Garbee (President)
Headquarters  Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Similar  Software Freedom Conservancy, GNOME Foundation, Open Source Initiative, The Document Foundation, FreeBSD Foundation

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Software in the Public Interest, Inc. (SPI) is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to help other organizations create and distribute free/open-source software and open-source hardware. Anyone is eligible to apply for membership, and contributing membership is available to those who participate actively in the free software community.


SPI was originally created to allow the Debian Project to accept donations. It now acts as a fiscal sponsor to many free and open source projects.

SPI has hosted Wikimedia Foundation board elections and audited the tally as a neutral third party from 2007–2011.

Associated projects

Current associated projects of SPI are:

Board of Directors

Its current board (elected by the Schulze method, a Condorcet method) is composed of:

  • President: Bdale Garbee
  • Vice-President: Joerg Jaspert
  • Secretary: Jonathan McDowell
  • Treasurer: Michael Schultheiss
  • Board of Directors:
  • Clint Adams
  • Robert Brockway
  • Joshua D. Drake
  • Jimmy Kaplowitz
  • Martin Zobel-Helas
  • Advisors:
  • Legal counsel — Software Freedom Law Center
  • Debian Project Leader
  • PostgreSQL Project Board representative — currently Robert Treat
  • References

    Software in the Public Interest Wikipedia

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