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Simple Machines forms as an NPO

Started by Kindred, September 23, 2010, 10:47:17 PM

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Kindred

Announcement:

The Simple Machines Team, the group of volunteers that coordinate SMF® development and support, today announces the launch of a new organization that will continue to promote the development, distribution and adoption of the Simple Machines® Forum software. Simple Machines will continue to expand on the efforts of Simple Machines LLC, the organization which has been responsible for managing the operations of the Simple Machines Forum project to date.

It has been a long-time goal of the Simple Machines team to dissolve the Limited Liability Corporation (Simple Machines LLC) and create a Non-Profit Organization[?] so we can continue to lead and innovate. We're grateful for the past, present and future support of our charter and community members and we look forward to continuing to provide the best forum software out there, while keeping to the original goal: Simple, elegant, powerful, and free. 

Simple Machines Forum is developed in an open source environment and built by harnessing the creative power of several programmers around the world.  The new organizational structure returns us to our roots as a community owned project.

The new organization is led by a Board of Directors. The Officers are: Kindred (President and Treasurer), K@ (Vice-President), and Oldiesmann (Secretary and Compliance Manager). Antechinus, B, groundup and Norv round out the board as Directors. For those of you who are unfamiliar with an NPO, the Board leads the corporation and makes decisions at the corporate level. Reporting to the board, and responsible for the individual projects are Steering Committees. The Steering Committee for the Simple Machines Forum project consists of the current "Team Leads" and the Project Manager.

The teams - Support, Customization, Documentation, and Internationalization - will continue to work at the project level. The Site & Server team (red badges) and the Marketing team will now be "corporate" teams who will be responsible for cross project tasks, as Simple Machines works to expand the teams and the software offered under the Simple Machines umbrella.



Wait, projects (plural)?

There have been several ideas floated amongst the teams regarding what additional things we could offer. However, at this time, we are not ready to announce what direction those ideas may take us. At this time, we continue to focus on the Forum software which we made our name with. Our primary goal, at this time, is to complete the release of SMF v2.0 RC4 and 2.0 Final.



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mashby

Flipping sweet news. Thanks for getting this all sorted out. Great move.
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Owdy

Awesome news! Has everything transferred from LCC to NPO?
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Kindred

The final transfer is still in process, but we wanted to get the news out there so that it did not get lost in the upcoming releases. :)
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SoLoGHoST

Well this seems like great news.  A step in the right direction.

Congratulations :)

EricTheRed

Does this mean that licensing for SMF will change from the current proprietary free license that SMF distributes under to a GNU license?

Kindred

The establishment of an NPO has nothing to do with a license change. If a license change occurs, that will be a separate announcement.

However, I think that I can confidently say that SMF will never be GPL.
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Woo-hoo! Awesomeness! Congrats to all the people who worked on this and for all of those who are continuing to work to make SMF a better place.
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Well done, that answers a lot and looks good to boot :)



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Aleksi "Lex" Kilpinen

This is a long awaited announcement - Good news! :)
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Robert.

Okay, this is a stupid question: will it still be free? Because Wikipedia said that you sometimes have to pay for a NPO software.

Aleksi "Lex" Kilpinen

Quote from: Tah Zonemaster on September 24, 2010, 01:03:39 AM
Okay, this is a stupid question: will it still be free? Because Wikipedia said that you sometimes have to pay for a NPO software.
It's said in the OP -

Quote from: Kindred on September 23, 2010, 10:47:17 PM
We're grateful for the past, present and future support of our charter and community members and we look forward to continuing to provide the best forum software out there, while keeping to the original goal: Simple, elegant, powerful, and free. 

Emphasis mine.
A Finnish Project Manager (Support Specialist)
 Happily running multiple SMF 2.x installations.
  Fooling around with i7-10700 @ 2,90GHz-4.80GHz / 16Gb / RTX-2070 Super / 3840x2160 / Win 10 x64


How you can help SMF

"Before you allow people access to your forum, especially in an administrative position, you must be aware that that person can seriously damage your forum. Therefore, you should only allow people that you trust, implicitly, to have such access." -Douglas

Robert.

Ah, sorry. :P Anywayz, its very good news then! :D

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               AWESOME~!    AMAZING EVEN~!

        I'm thrilled and thankful for everyone's hard work.

LHW

Congrats!

* LHW is looking forward to RC4!  ;D 8)


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hosszu

Fine! When will you release out SMF2.0 Final? :) I have been waiting for 2 years!

Aleksi "Lex" Kilpinen

Quote from: hosszu on September 24, 2010, 03:21:44 AM
Fine! When will you release out SMF2.0 Final? :) I have been waiting for 2 years!
It will get there - I'm sure, it just takes a bit more finetuning still, but it's closing fast (compared to the last 2 years).
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 Happily running multiple SMF 2.x installations.
  Fooling around with i7-10700 @ 2,90GHz-4.80GHz / 16Gb / RTX-2070 Super / 3840x2160 / Win 10 x64


How you can help SMF

"Before you allow people access to your forum, especially in an administrative position, you must be aware that that person can seriously damage your forum. Therefore, you should only allow people that you trust, implicitly, to have such access." -Douglas

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