Software Freedom Conservancy

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Software Freedom Conservancy
Software Freedom Conservancy logo.svg
Founded April 7, 2006
Type 501(c)(3)
Fields Software
Key people

Executive Director: Karen Sandler

President: Bradley M. Kuhn

The Software Freedom Conservancy is an organization that provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for free/open source software projects.[1][2] Conservancy was established in 2006.[3][4] As of April 2014, Conservancy had 30 member projects, including Boost, BusyBox, Git, Inkscape, Samba, Sugar Labs and Wine.[5] In October 2010, Conservancy hired its first Executive Director, Bradley M. Kuhn[6] and a year later, its first General Counsel, Tony Sebro.[7] In March 2014, Conservancy appointed Karen Sandler as its Executive Director, with Bradley M. Kuhn taking on the role as Distinguished Technologist.[8][9]

Conservancy has also coordinated GPL compliance and enforcement actions, primarily for the BusyBox project.[10] In May 2012, Conservancy took on GPL compliance and enforcement for several other member projects, and for a number of individual Linux kernel developers.[11][12]


As of October 2013, Conservancy's directors were:[13][14]

Member projects[edit]

The following projects are members of the Software Freedom Conservancy:[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Overview - Software Freedom Conservancy". Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  2. ^ Schwartz, Randal; Lynch, Dan (22 June 2011). "FLOSS Weekly 171: Software Freedom Conservancy". TWiT LLC. 
  3. ^ ScuttleMonkey (2006-04-03). "New Conservancy Offers Gratis Services to FOSS". Slashdot. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  4. ^ "Mozilla Grants: Software Freedom Conservancy". Mozilla Foundation. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Current Member Projects - Software Freedom Conservancy". Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  6. ^ "Software Freedom Conservancy Appoints Full-Time Executive Director". 4 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tony Sebro Joins Conservancy as General Counsel". 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Karen Sandler joins Conservancy's Management Team". 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  9. ^ Bhati, Monika (2014-04-01). "Karen Sandler resigns as GNOME Foundation’s executive director". Muktware. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  10. ^ Simon Phipps (2012-06-01). "Why the GPL licensing cops are the good guys". Infoworld. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  11. ^ Brian Proffitt (2012-05-29). "Linux kernel devs, Samba join GPL compliance effort". IT World. Retrieved 2012-05-30. 
  12. ^ "Conservancy Projects Launch Coordinated Free Software Compliance Efforts". Software Freedom Conservancy. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-05-30. 
  13. ^ "Directors: Software Freedom Conservancy". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  14. ^ "Officers - Software Freedom Conservancy". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  15. ^ Brockmeier, Joe 'Zonker' (16 June 2011). "Evergreen Joins the Software Freedom Conservancy". 
  16. ^ Brockmeier, Joe (18 January 2011). "Software Freedom Conservancy adds 25th member project: Things looking bright for Conservancy". Network World. IDG Communications, Inc. 
  17. ^ Brockmeier, Joe (18 January 2011). "Software Freedom Conservancy adds 25th member project". Dissociated Press. 
  18. ^ "Git and The Software Freedom Conservancy". Git. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Metalink Joins the Software Freedom Conservancy". Retrieved 2013-02-27. 

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