About This Site

Inspired by GitHub’s Choose A License website, I wanted to help FOSS communities take it to the next level of organization. Thus, Choose A Foundation - when your project starts growing, you need to define your governance and decide how to manage project (and contributor!) growth. Choose A Foundation is here to provide non-judgemental suggestions of the most popular FOSS Foundations that accept new projects as member projects.

This website includes:

  • Factual listings of popular FOSS Foundations that host other open source projects, and that have an active submission program that allows new open source communities to join that Foundation. Data in the Foundations listings is either sourced directly from their websites, or is provided by an official representative of the organization.
  • Explanations of common open source terms, provided by Shane or from links to the many other fine open source people who help explain our ecosystem.
  • Advice on how to approach communities (for companies), or how to approach companies (for communities), by Shane and Punderthings℠ Consulting.
  • Resources about Foundations and open source governance - like the comprehensive list of all FLOSS Foundations out there, and more help explaining what it all means.

About Shane

Shane is founder of Punderthings℠ LLC consultancy, helping organizations find better ways to engage with the critical open source projects that power modern technology and business. He blogs and tweets about open source governance and trademark issues, and has spoken at major technology conferences like ApacheCon, OSCON, All Things Open, Community Leadership Summit, and Ignite. Contact Shane for consulting availability!

Shane is serving a seventh term as an elected Director of the ASF, providing governance oversight, community mentoring, and fiscal review for all Apache projects. Previously, Shane served for eight years as VP Brand Management for the ASF, and wrote the trademark and branding policies that cover all 200+ Apache® projects, including assisting projects with defining and policing their trademarks, as well as negoitating agreements with various software vendors using Apache software brands.

Otherwise, Shane is: a father and husband, a BMW driver and punny guy. Oh, and we have cats. Follow @ShaneCurcuru and read hist blog about open source communities.

Contributing / Credits

I welcome your input! See CONTRIBUTING.md for how to submit a GitHub issue or PR. All submissions are expected to be under the Apache License 2.0.

Thanks and credit to the many fine open source projects and photographs used are in the Colophon. The Privacy Policy for this website is posted.